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Today's News

  • Project saving money

    As work on the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary renovation project winds down, the architect says he once again had good news.

    “I know it’s difficult to believe when someone comes before you saying they have good news in the way of a change order,” Antonio Ortega told the West Las Vegas school board recently.

    He pointed to a summary from the state Public School Finance Authority that indicated that nearly $500,000 was left over on the additional available bonds for the Don Cecilio project.

  • Group seeking male mentors

    Alex Gonzales’ daughter has been in Big Brothers Big Sisters for the last five years, and by his account, the program has greatly benefited her.

    “It’s a very good program. It influences my daughter quite a bit. Her ‘big’ is a big part of her life. My daughter looks up to her,” the Las Vegas resident said.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has an office in Las Vegas, is the nation’s largest mentoring organization for children 6 through 18. The group says there’s proof that it helps youths become productive citizens.

  • La Plaza a winner

    What a difference a day made for La Plaza Little League’s 11-12 baseball team.

    After Friday’s inspired performance by crosstown rival Las Vegas forced a final showdown for the District 4 championship on Saturday, La Plaza had to come up with an effective response in a hurry.

    And the boys in green and gold delivered.

  • City raises deposit fees

    The City Council last week increased deposit fees for connecting to city water and gas and reduced landlords’ liability for tenants’ utility bills.

    At its regular meeting, the council revised its utility ordinances to take care of a longtime complaint from landlords that they were having to pick up their tenants’ unpaid bills. At the 11th hour, the council also decided to increase deposits to help offset any reduction in collections because of deadbeat tenants.

  • Kids put on play after six days’ practice

    Actor Caitlin Leyba and a cast of more than 60 kid-actors put on the 2009 Missoula Children’s Theatre stage production of “The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” over the weekend.

    The West Las Vegas High School 10th-grader came up through the ranks, performing in 10 Missoula productions at the historic Ilfeld Auditorium in her young acting career. Last year, Leyba played the second lead as the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood.

  • County's roads official retiring

    Harold Garcia, San Miguel County’s public works supervisor, and County Manager Les Montoya go back a ways.

    Montoya hired Garcia at the city a quarter century ago, with Garcia fresh from architectural training at Luna Community College.

    At the end of this month, they’ll be parting ways when Garcia retires from government service.

    Garcia has been the county’s public works supervisor for much of the last decade, hired on after Montoya, a former city manager, went to the county.

  • DISTRICT 4 LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNEY UPDATES

    From the District 4 Little League tournaments, hosted by La Plaza LL at the Rodriguez Park complex in Las Vegas...

    SATURDAY (July 11) SCORES

    9-10 baseball: Springer 16, Questa 3, in four innings ... Taos 12, Clayton 6 ... Las Vegas 12, Raton 3.

    10-11 baseball: Raton defeated Questa via forfeit.

    11-12 baseball: Las Vegas 8, Taos 1.

    9-10 softball: Taos 25, Las Vegas 23.

    11-12 softball: Las Vegas 30, Taos 4.

     

    SUNDAY (July 12) SCORES

  • Ex-cop admits paperwork mistakes

    A former Las Vegas police officer says he made administrative mistakes that got him in trouble with the law.

    Earlier this month, Shawn Montoya pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and filing a false claim, both fourth-degree felonies. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed 27 other counts against the former officer, and if he abides by the agreement, the court won’t punish him, in what is known as a conditional discharge. He will be on probation for 18 months.

  • Maestas is the new Luna chairman

    Jerry Maestas is the new chairman of the Board of Trustees at Luna Community College after a unanimous vote during a reorganization of officers.

    Maestas replaces Ambrose Castellano, who has served as chairman for the past five years. Member Frankie Tenorio, a Santa Rosa resident who was elected earlier this year, nominated Maestas for the top post. Trustee Levi Alcon was not present for the vote at the monthly meeting on Tuesday, nor did he attend the June 10 meeting held in Springer.

  • Holm fight a go; LV boxers to be showcased

    Calling it “a new journey for my boxing career,” world champion Holly Holm on Wednesday made it official — her next fight will be Aug. 28 in Las Vegas.

    Holm (24-1-3, 7 KOs) will fight Terri Blair (11-13-2, 6 KOs) in the main event of the card, to be held at the Wilson Complex on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Tickets ranging from $20 to $200 are available via Ticketmaster and several other area vendors.