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Today's News

  • West Las Vegas spikers outgun Mora

    In a matchup between two area teams hoping to reach the state tournament in November, West Las Vegas pulled out a four-set win over Mora on Wednesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    Coach Brian Gurule’s Lady Dons prevailed 25-15, 18-25, 27-25 and 25-18. West improved to 3-4 overall; Mora fell to 4-4.

    Perhaps toughened by a recent clash with Class 4A power Goddard, the Lady Dons controlled game one in a 25-15 win.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ... WAY TOO MANY. It’s hard to keep up with the violence. The latest is the death of 59-year-old Ernest Gutierrez, who police say was killed by the hands of his son-in-law, Mica Murray. He was allegedly choked to death.

    By our count, that makes three homicides this year alone. According to FBI statistics, the national homicide rate is one per 20,000 people; here in San Miguel County, the rate this year alone is one in 10,000. And there have been at least 10 homicides in Las Vegas since May 2007.

  • Dons hunting a homecoming win

    West Las Vegas’ football team (0-3) is hungry not only for its first victory but for its first trip to the end zone this season.

    The Dons appear to have a good shot at both Friday night when Crownpoint visits Perkins Stadium.

    For one thing, it’s homecoming, and with Robertson taking its bye week, there will be only one football game of local interest on tap. Those factors could give WLV its most robust and spirited crowd of the season (with the possible exception of the season-ending Vegas Bowl).

  • Letter: Mayor should follow the law

    This could be titled, “What happens when the Attorney General explains the law to our interim city attorney.”

    I am embarrassed, as a citizen of the city of Las Vegas to have a mayor that condones this behavior.  When the city attorney states there are no emails on the city server, but when the information comes to the light of day, guess who is copied — the city attorney. And this is the man who wants to teach ethics to our governing body?

  • Letter: Listing heath-care reforms needed

    I have health insurance and get health care from Medicare. I am one of the 85 percent of the American population that has health insurance and am extremely unsatisfied with having the insurance company attempting to decide what is best medically for me. My wife’s insurance cost about $55 a month; mine cost nearly $1,000 per month. I cannot receive any health insurance under another carrier because of my existing medical disabilities. We need health-care reform that does, at minimum, the following:

  • Police charge man with arson

    A Las Vegas man was arrested last week for attempting to set fire to a residence after an officer responded to a call at 503 S. Pacific and found several beer cans on fire outside the residence.

    Anthony R. Gonzales, 47, of 500 Mountain View No. 2 is charged with arson, negligent arson and attempt to commit a felony and being held on a $50,000 cash bond. Las Vegas Police Officers Michael E. Lopez made the arrest Sept. 8.

  • Another conservation effort

    Forty-five years ago this month, a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to legislation that would have a lasting impact on our nation’s public lands — not by changing them, but by making sure some portion of these magnificent wild places would stay as they were for all time and for all generations to use and enjoy. The Wilderness Act, signed into law Sept. 3, 1964, was acknowledgement that our public lands are part of what shape us as a people and that there is value in protecting some of them in their pristine state as a natural legacy.

  • Work of Art: Demanding a mea culpa

    “I  demand an immediate apology!” “Awwright, I apologize.” “Well that’s more like it.”

    Have there ever been any more meaningless words than those surrounding a call for an immediate apology? Not likely.

  • Patrick Swayze remembered

    While Hollywood memorializes Patrick Swayze as one of the key pop culture figures in recent history, a number of Las Vegans are recalling their own encounters with the late actor and part-time local.

    Swayze, 57, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. Since revealing the diagnosis in early 2008, Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi had publicly vowed to fight on against a disease that typically kills within months.

  • No. 20 Mines tops HU

    GOLDEN, Colo. — The 20th ranked Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team posted its first win in conference play this season defeating New Mexico Highlands 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at the CSM Soccer Stadium.

    Kayla Mitchell gave CSM a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute as she controlled a ball in the box and beat a Highlands defender to score.