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Today's News

  • Letter: Money shouldn’t go to a promoter

    Do you find it hard to believe that our city fathers are proposing to give $15,000 of our money to the promoters of a female boxing match? Given the past record of our City Council, nothing is too surprising. Apparently the only barrier to this giveaway is concern about a possible violation of New Mexico anti-donation laws.

    What concerns me more is that the city will be giving our money to a personal sports promoter. If this match is such a great thing, it should be able to pay for itself.

  • Dave's Drive-in: ‘Major League’ drives home fun

    The timeless appeal of America’s pastime has long fascinated filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Some baseball movies have been serious, like “Pride of the Yankees,” which took on Lou Gehrig’s story and his tearful departure after being diagnosed with the disease that now bears his name. Others have played up the romance and fantasy of the game, as in “Field of Dreams.” And then there’s the rollicking good times of a film like “Major League” and its sequels.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: A decorated student

    Keith Salazar is considered the most decorated student that has passed through the halls of West Las Vegas Middle School.

    He won two national titles, was a national finalist in four events, earned 10 state championships and has four state runner-ups to his credit. But he said three years ago, he wanted nothing to do with Business Professionals of America.

    “I did not want to join it. I didn’t want to come to school dressed in a business suit. I didn’t want anything to do with it,” Salazar said.

  • Column: From the mailbag

    The columns I most enjoy writing are those that include reader comments. A few recent columns have generated some reaction and response, some of which appear here.

    People reacted to last week’s column on menudo and squash. I’m happy to say that most of the comments agree with my stance that I’d request neither item as my last meal. What would be preferable? That’s easy. Cocoa Puffs smothered in Velveeta Cheese.

    But on a slightly more serious note, a large combination plate like my neighbor, Carmen Vigil, used to make, would be fine.

  • Science & steel

    After cracking the top five in the National Physique Committee’s Austin Nationals this month, Larry Gonzales opted out of his usual meal — boneless, skinless boiled chicken breasts — and treated himself to not one, but two slices of cheesecake.

  • City says it’s acting on parking issue

    Residents near Robertson High School again urged officials to crack down on students parking in their neighborhood.

    Las Vegas City Schools officials say they have plenty of parking at the high school and that no one needs to be parking on the street. They have called on the city to restrict student parking on nearby streets.

    City officials say they now have signs ordered to take care of the issue.

  • Column: A public plan to fail

    Our country is embroiled, on a federal level, with the health care reform debate. One of the opening salvos came in the form of President Obama declaring that any talk of single-payer health coverage is “off the table.” Oddly, nobody has questioned how single payer got “off the table.” I am guessing it didn’t jump off the table of its own accord. I would lay serious money on the likelihood that the health insurance lobby leaned on Obama and others to push it off the table.

  • Martinez out of ‘Rage’

    The Rage is out for Las Vegas athlete Norman Martinez, and we’re not talking about anger management classes.

     Martinez, who had been scheduled to compete in “Rage In The Cage,” a mixed martial arts card Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Casino, injured his ankle and will be unable to fight.

  • Editorial: City should be very wary

    The Las Vegas City Council should think long and hard before it makes a decision on what to do with its vacant land along Mills Avenue, where the city demolished a public housing development a couple of years ago.

    Originally, the city has planned to have homes built there for a homeownership program for low-income people. Then, in 2005, the council entered a public-private partnership with Farmington-based JL Gray for tax-credit housing for a portion of the vacant land.

    That arrangement fell through. And the city hasn’t provided a clear explanation why.

  • Dog attacks elderly man

    A loose dog attacked a 74-year-old man in a wheelchair last week, city police said.

    According to the police, the dog attacked another canine and then it went after the victim, Jose Gurulé, in the 400 block of Blanchard Street around 7 p.m. Thursday.

    A witness said Gurulé was knocked down to the ground, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said. The dog didn’t bite the man, Montaño said.