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Today's News

  • Graduate describes turnaround

    In 2006, it didn’t seem likely that Nicole Gutierrez would ever don a cap and gown. That’s by her own account.

    Speaking to Robertson High School graduates on Friday, the 19-year-old admitted that she didn’t care about education at all three years ago. She dropped out of school and went to Luna Community College to get her GED, but she quit that program, too.

    She said she was dealing with cops all the time. And she really didn’t care what others thought. To make ends meet, she worked at McDonald’s.

  • Official questions holiday schedule

    West Las Vegas schools board member Kenny Lujan called a recent vote by the district’s 12-month employees “un-American” after a majority decided on a calendar that would exclude Veterans Day as a paid holiday.

    Lujan was the lone no vote on accepting the 2009 calendar at the board’s recent meeting, as members Christine Ludi, Gary Gold, Caroline Lopez and David Romero sided with the wishes of the administrative staff, which includes secretaries, maintenance, custodians and main office staff. 

  • Group: City parks understaffed

    Las Vegas’ parks department is understaffed compared with other towns, which is unfair to city employees, the chairman of a local group said last week.

    “Las Vegas asks its parks people to do about 20 times the work that other cities ask,” John Spencer, the chairman of the Las Vegas Tree Board, told the City Council at its regular meeting. “These guys are great, but they aren’t superheroes.”

  • DWI suspect hurt in crash

    A man was charged with drunken driving when his car overturned, rolling over him after he was ejected, state police said.

    Ricky Gomez, 30, of Rociada was charged with his fourth DWI and careless driving, among other violations, according to a criminal complaint filed in state Magistrate Court.

  • DA says he wasn’t told about incident

    District Attorney  Richard Flores said his office didn’t know about reports of an abusive incident at the county jail when charges against the alleged victim were dropped in exchange for a letter of apology.

    In a Wednesday interview, Flores said his office conditioned dismissal of the charges against Bernadette Varela on receipt of a letter of apology at the request of Las Vegas police Sgt. Martin Salazar.

  • COLUMN: A murder of crows

    In Edward Albee’s play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” George, the host at a late-night party, tells the guests about how faculty wives “gather at the downtown A&P like a bunch of geese.”

    The guest “corrects” George by saying the proper term is “a gangle of geese, not a bunch.” Well, the host, played by Richard Burton, points out that if the guest is “going to be cute and ornithological about it,” the correct term is “gaggle, not gangle.”

  • EDITORIAL: Resign?

    Earlier this week, state Republican Party chairman Harvey Yates called for the resignation of Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, the husband of Roberta Vigil. He said Vigil used his position as a state representative to “steer money to his wife, money that she ultimately misspent,” and betrayed the public trust in doing so.

  • EDITORIAL: Wasteful and illegal

    Last week, a jury in Santa Fe delivered a guilty verdict for former West Las Vegas bilingual coordinator Roberta Vigil of fraud and conspiracy. The judge had previously thrown out the case against former West board member Ralph Garcia.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Couple end long careers in education

    Between them, Josephine and Don Romero have given 65 years to educating children, mostly in the Las Vegas area.

    Josephine will leave her post as West Las Vegas Middle School principal after 32 years in education, and Don spent 34 years in music education. Through the years, the couple have received local, state and national honors.

    Don’s transition into civilian life has been made easier because he finds an open-door policy at the band room on the west campus that is named after his father.

  • Officials question expenses

    West Las Vegas school board members questioned recently what they called “extravagant” spending related to recent trips.

    Board member Kenny Lujan asked about an expenditure at the Hyatt Regency’s exclusive Tamaya Resort, which is in the Albuquerque area.

    “With budget restraints, we need to start looking at where and how we are spending money (for these kinds of trips),” Lujan said.

    Looking at a line item in the budget, Lujan noted there were also more days spent at the resort than the days of the actual workshop.