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Today's News

  • Charges against Romero tossed out

    Prosecutors have dropped charges against former City Councilman Eugene Romero in connection with an argument he had with a woman at his house.

    Romero, 40, 300 Cumbres Patio, had been charged with false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor.

    In October, Las Vegas police were called to Romero’s house. According to court documents, the woman told officers that the former councilman didn’t want her to leave the house. Romero himself admitted to standing in the doorway, preventing her from leaving, police said.

  • Many like Union school as it is

    Union Elementary is a small neighborhood school. The students’ test scores are high. And the parents would like to keep things as they are.

    And so would Jim Abreu, superintendent of the West Las Vegas schools.

    A few years ago, the district developed a long-term plan in which the four classrooms at Union would move to Tony Serna Elementary and Family Partnership would then occupy Union.

    A couple of years ago, Union parents objected vehemently to the plan. But the district officially stuck to it.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': NMHU hoops team worth a look

    I have a number of things on my mind this week, so let’s get on with it.

    This past Saturday night, Steve Sandoval and I filled in for the “Road Warriors,” Dale Turner and Coach Art Abreu on 96.7 SAM FM to do the Highlands basketball game vs. Eastern New Mexico. Dale and Art are of course the voices of NMHU athletics. But this is not about the “Road Warriors”; this is about the NMHU basketball team. I just thought I would mention that.

  • NMHU runner 25th in national meet

    Laurent Ngirakamaro concluded his collegiate distance running career in style on Saturday, finishing 25th in the NCAA Division II national cross country championships.

    Ngirakamaro posted a time of 31:57 in the men's 10-kilometer race held in Slippery Rock, Pa. The New Mexico Highlands University senior closes a strong two-year run at the Las Vegas school that included an All-American showing in the 2007 national meet.

    Scott Bauhs of Chico State (Calif.) won the men's individual championship with a time of 30:23. He finished 13 seconds ahead of Adams State's Aaron Braun.

  • District rejects low bid for bleachers

    An out-of-state company was the low bidder for a contract for new bleachers at West Las Vegas High School’s gym, and the district had already awarded the contract.

    Last week, however, the school board rescinded the low bid from the New York company because the firm came in with a change order right away to replace motors that open and close the bleachers at an added cost of $27,000, official said.

  • LETTER: Rec Center number is hard to find

    I read with interest the lead story on Monday Nov 24 detailing deficiencies in our city parks and recreation center.  The sad condition of the parks was one of the first things we noticed upon our arrival in Las Vegas over 11 years ago, when our children were of an age to care about swings and slides. I hope the task force recommendations will have an impact.

  • COLUMN: Change in city government

    “Change” is a key word during my administration as mayor of the beautiful city of Las Vegas. In early 2008, the citizens voted for that change, with new leadership and new direction. My administration continues to move forward in a proactive direction to effectively ensure the citizens of Las Vegas a quality city government. Today, we have implemented several initiatives to improve our city for the betterment of all Las Vegas residents.

  • Cowboys 2-0 after dominating Southwest

    Chris Dunn hit nine of 13 field goals on his way to a game-high 24 points Friday night as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys beat University of the Southwest 94-74 in Grants.

    The Cowboys improved to 2-0 under first-year head coach Joe Harge. They play host to West Texas A&M on Tuesday evening at the Wilson Complex.

  • On a roll, NMHU hoopsters rough up Buffs

    They’ve got options aplenty on the offensive end, but the Highlands Cowboys really got their spark from the defensive end Tuesday night in a 90-70 dismantling of West Texas A&M.

    Highlands is 3-0 for the first time in years, and if there havebeen any questions about how dramatically this team has turned things around since Joe Harge took the helm, the Cowboys answered them Tuesday.

    Against a team that had outclassed them a year earlier, the Cowboys deliberately defeated the Buffaloes.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... GOOD REPORTS. The citizen-based advisory panels that Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has named in recent months are proving themselves valuable in highlighting problems facing our community on various fronts. Both the Parks and Recreation and the Plaza task forces have reported back to the Las Vegas City Council on the need to clean up and better maintain our parks and rec facilities and to improve the lines of communication between filmmakers and local businesses and residents affected by their activities.