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Today's News

  • City hires two to help with utilities

    Mayor Tony Marquez this week has appointed two people to help manager the city’s utilities department.

    This decision comes just days after he placed Utilities Director George Du Four on unpaid leave. The City Council is expected to vote next week whether to keep Du Four.

    Marquez has appointed Ken Garcia, who has 20 years in utility management, and Robert Tafoya, who has served as an engineering technical supervisor with the city before retiring after many years of service, according to a city press release.

  • Five vying for positions on East board

    Five candidates are competing for the Las Vegas City Schools board in Tuesday’s election.

    The candidates running for Position 1 are incumbent Philip Leger, Matt Martinez and Gabriel Lucero. Vying for Position 2 are incumbent Elaine Luna and Pamela Daves. Teresa Gray’s name is on the ballot for Position 2, but she said she is no longer running.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on poll locations, call the county clerk’s office at 425-9331.

  • Local tour shows how to green your home

    People on the street are hurrying by, collars turned up against the chilly February wind.  But you’re basking in the sun in shorts and a tank top, the air freshened by green foliage.   How can this be?  Think greenhouse.  Think sunroom.  Think passive solar.

  • Girl called model student, citizen

    Christina Padilla is like a lot of children in Las Vegas — bright, happy and engaged. And she’s involved in plenty of activities.

    Don and Geri Padilla have two children, Aaron and Christina, and regularly encourage them in their activities, including their studies.

  • EDITORIAL: Keep process entirely open

    No company should get any special treatment when it comes to city business, especially when it involves a major housing project.

    Last week, the Las Vegas City Council’s agenda stated that the council would be asked to approve an agreement with Santa Fe-based Western Trails Inc. The proposed agreement would have meant the company would build 60 units of rental housing as part of a federal tax credit program. The units would be built on land along Mills Avenue, where the city demolished housing a couple of years ago.

  • Attorney warns mayor

    An attorney for local businessman Carlos Gallegos is warning Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez not to make any more “disparaging or defamatory” comments about his client.

    “Apparently your comments have been made in an effort to deflect attention from your own shortcomings during your petty political infighting with your City Council and administrators,” Albuquerque attorney Sam Bregman wrote in a letter to Marquez dated Wednesday.

  • Lopsided win for Robertson girls

    Eleven players got into the scorebook for host Robertson on Wednesday night as the Lady Cardinals coasted to a 59-20 win over Raton.

    It was the first District 2-3A victory for Robertson in three tries. Raton rremains winless in district play.

    Brooke Knezevich nearly matched the Lady Tigers’ point production by herself, tallying 17 to lead the Lady Cards.

  • No agency taking responsibility

    The railroad crossing north of town, where Michael Esquibel lost his life Jan. 15, is arguably a hazard to motorists.

    More to the point, it is a hazard for which no one is taking direct responsibility. And most officials believe it’s someone else’s job.

    The Rio Arriba Road crossing, which provides local access to both the city of Las Vegas’ solid waste transfer station and to the Ride to Pride program for youth, is roughly 500 yards from the Interstate 25 overpass. From the crossing, the train tracks are not visible past that point.  

  • Rangerettes own OT vs. McCurdy

    Amanda Padilla knocked down five three-pointers on her way to 21 points Wednesday night, leading Mora to a 57-51 overtime triumph over McCurdy.

    But it was Angelica Abeyta’s short-range bucket that saved the day for the Rangerettes. Mora trailed 43-41 with two seconds left in regulation when Abeyta scored to tie the game and force overtime.

    Mora owned the extra session, outgunning the Bobcats 14-8 for a key non-district win.

  • Hernandez makes Centennial team

    Hector Hernandez, who captured an NAIA national heavyweight championship for New Mexico Highlands in 1987, has been named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Centennial Team in wrestling.

    The list of a dozen elite wrestlers in the 100-year history of the RMAC was announced Wednesday by the league office in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The RMAC is the fourth oldest conference in the country, and the most historic in the western U.S.