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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lady Dons run in top four again

    Led by a pair of strong individual races from Amanda Ortzow, the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team has cracked the top four in two straight meets to open the season.

    The Lady Dons were fourth in the Sept. 5 Española Invite and matched that showing Saturday at Jemez Valley, where more than a dozen schools vied for top honors.

    Ortzow, a junior, placed fourth individually both meets to pace the Lady Dons — first with a time of 20:41, then in 23:34.

  • Highlands buying two nearby properties

    Highlands University is buying property.

    During a special meeting last week the Board of Regents approved the purchase of two properties bordering campus grounds. President Jim Fries said one might be used for a coffee house where students can socialize and relax.

    Fries said the house at 1004 Mora Ave. — which university officials affectionately call “The Little Green House” — is surrounded by the new residence hall.   

  • West's enrollment up slightly

    West Las Vegas schools have 37 more students than they did last year, according to Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    It’s a different story on the east side, where a 127-student decline was recently reported.

    At a West School Board meeting last week, Abreu was pleased to report the increase, but board member Kenny Lujan asked for the matter to be tabled until the next regular meeting — “because I would like to see it (increased numbers) by classrooms,” Lujan said.

  • Dave's Drive-in: 'Youngblood' early vehicle for young stars Lowe, Swayze

    Editor’s note: Patrick Swayze, who maintained a residence and ranch in the Las Vegas area, died Monday after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer. In a salute to Swayze, we present a look back at one of his early films, which happens to fit the sports movie genre being covered in the Dave’s Drive-In series.

    In January 1986, when the hockey film “Youngblood” hit theaters, Rob Lowe was already top shelf as one of America’s hottest commodities. And costar Patrick Swayze was skating close to the crease of superstardom.

  • Editorial: Judicial wrangling

    We don’t often second-guess the judicial system — cases cannot and should not be decided in the press. But this one begs the question.