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Today's News

  • City asked to help with shelter

    A local group is asking the city for help to set up a permanent shelter for the homeless. Members of the City Council say they’re interested.

    Last winter, First Presbyterian Church made available temporary space for such a shelter. Volunteers worked in shifts, and paid staffers covered those times when no volunteers were signed up.

    From Nov. 23 to April 1, the shelter served 47 people, who used the facility for a total of 835 days. Most of the people in the shelter were chronically homeless Las Vegas residents, but some were traveling through town.

  • Lopers deal Cowboys first loss in RMAC tourney

     

     

     

    In a league tournament filled with upsets, New Mexico Highlands was dispatched to the loser's bracket Thursday night, tripping up 5-3 to the fifth-seeded Nebraska-Kearney Lopers.

    The Cowboys (37-18) will play Regis at noon on Friday in an elimination game. The winner stays alive for a shot at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball title and a berth in the NCAA Division II Central Regional. The loser goes home.

  • EDITORIAL: An Orwellian City Hall

    In recent months, top Las Vegas city officials have urged the community to focus on the positive in city government. Indeed, Mayor Tony Marquez has been upset with negative coverage of his administration in this newspaper.

    Now City Hall thinks it has figured out a way to get everyone to forget about recent controversies — just pretend they never happened. That smacks of the content of George Orwell’s novel, “1984,” in which officials revised history in favor of the state’s mere interpretation of it.

  • Conservation law changes pondered

    The city is looking at ways to change it conservation ordinance to further reduce water consumption.

    Last week, the City Council voted to publish its current ordinance and seek community input. The ordinance includes three stages of conservation, with each stage imposing stricter requirements.

    The ordinance also lists the penalties for violations, although city officials have said before that the community has shown great cooperation, so citations haven’t been required.

  • EDITORIAL: Good cooperation

    When the two local school districts cooperate on big issues, they deserve the public’s gratitude. Recently, West Las Vegas, which runs the area’s Head Start program, entered an agreement with the Las Vegas City Schools to provide early childhood program services on the east side of town.

    The most important reason for this agreement is that it benefits children. Need we say more?

  • Mora group wants hearing

    A group concerned about possible oil and gas drilling in Mora County contends the public has yet to get its say with elected representatives.

    A year ago, the Mora County Commission had planned to hold a public hearing on the issue, but it canceled the meeting at the last minute. The nonprofit group, Drilling Mora County, carried on with the event, with more than 200 attending to listen to arguments about the drawbacks of energy development.

  • Judge asked to take DA off case

    Robertson High School’s former football coach, who is accused in connection with attacks during a team camp, is questioning the impartiality of the district attorney and a state police captain.

    The coach, Ray Woods, is charged with failure to report child abuse in connection with the attacks during the camp last August in the Gallinas Canyon.

  • Hail causes leaks at school

    Recent hailstorms have taken a toll on West Las Vegas Middle School.

    The storms, which occurred on the last two Wednesdays, caused leaks in the roof at the school, which means the West district will have to replace ceiling tiles, Superintendent Jim Abreu said this week.

    Several inches of hail fell on parts of Las Vegas, particularly in its central areas, in the first storm. The buildup of hail apparently plugged up drains on the middle school roof, which caused the leakage, Abreu said.

    “The roof was compromised because of the hail,” he said.

  • Same program, new funding source

    Federal stimulus money is being put to use in a number of areas in Las Vegas, including enabling kids on the west side of town to participate in summer activities that wouldn’t be available otherwise.

    This year, the district didn’t receive funding through the 21st Century Program.

    Director Elaine Martinez-Gonzales and Assistant Director Gary Luna say that even though the funding source has changed, the spirit of the program remains as it has since 2002.

  • Crespin siblings return to ring this weekend

    Arturo and Amanda Crespin will give their fans a one-two punch this coming weekend, as both Las Vegas boxers will be in action.

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin, 19, will be in his third fight as a professional on Saturday night.