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Today's News

  • Official addresses crossing issue

    A public official has stepped forward to assume responsibility for safety measures at the Rio Arriba railroad crossing where Michael Esquibel was killed in January — the second fatality in four months.  

    Ironically, the official taking responsibility is acting outside of his organization’s jurisdiction.

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block said that he was working to get safety measures for the site.

  • Health service offered for students

    The Las Vegas City Schools checks children suffering from asthma as part of its health program.

    The Las Vegas City Schools district has been holding an asthma fair for the past seven years at the Cardinal School-based Health Care Center at Sierra Vista Elementary for children who have been diagnosed with a disease that can be brought under control with the proper treatments.

  • 5-member council idea pushed

    Las Vegas City Council members Cruz Roybal and Morris Madrid strongly supported the initiative in 2005 to reduce the council from eight members to four.

    Nearly 90 percent of voters passed the measure during a special election that year. Now both Roybal and Madrid said the city may want to consider upping the number to five.

    The idea came up during a discussion last week on the formation of a commission to make significant changes to the nearly 40-year-old charter, which serves as the city’s constitution.

  • Birds make home at refuge

    The snow may have melted in Las Vegas, but snow geese are still blanketing the Las Vegas Wildlife National Refuge.

    An estimated 4,000 geese (Canada and snow geese) are using the refuge as a winter home.  

    The geese feed in crop fields that are planted by the refuge’s staff for the geese’s benefit.

  • COLUMN: Governmental salaries

    Salary cuts have been a major topic throughout our nation during this time of financial crisis.

    The discussion is headed by Wall Street executives of bailout companies who raked in a reported $18 billion in bonuses. That incurred the wrath of President Barack Obama, who called it shameful.

    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has introduced legislation to hold executive salaries and benefits to no more than the $400,000 salary of the president of the United States. President Obama is suggesting a cap of $500,000.

  • LETTER: Luna neglecting accounting program

    I am writing this letter to gain the attention of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees and administration. I have made several attempts to meet with the vice president of academics and the president and have been unsuccessful in getting my calls returned or meetings set up.

  • Officials look into charging coaches

    The local district attorney is looking into whether Robertson High School’s then-football coaches should be charged for failing to report to law enforcement alleged sexual assaults during a camp last August.

    District Attorney Richard Flores will likely have to determine whether the head coach, Ray Woods, told about the alleged assaults to his superior, Athletic Director Mike Yara. And the prosecutor may then examine whether Yara rejected the idea of immediately calling law enforcement.

  • EDITORIAL: In the loop, out of the loop

    Here’s a quote from Mayor Tony Marquez: “I’m very disappointed that these two councilmen persist in negativity, division, mistrust and fear-mongering. I had hoped that they would change for the better if the people spoke. Obviously, if they choose to continue the dark past, they are free to do so, but they will have to answer to their constituents.”

    Is this about City Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman, who have been harshly critical of Marquez these days?

  • LETTER: Support for two lanes on Grand

    Last week, board members of MainStreet Las Vegas took it upon themselves to canvass business owners and residents who will be directly impacted by the Grand Avenue Streetscape Project. We talked with 27 businesses and one resident; we were not able to meet with four residents and two businesses.

    We asked, Which alternative do you prefer: the four-lane alternative or the two-lane alternative?

    Of the 28 surveyed, 27 agreed that the two-lane alternative will have a beneficial impact on their businesses and provide improved safety and beautification opportunities.

  • Lady Cards leapfrog WLV in district thriller

    With a performance that revived its own ambitions, the Robertson girls’ basketball team surprised host West Las Vegas 58-53 on Thursday night in front of a rowdy crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Both sides played inspired ball in a contest that was tied 13-13 after one quarter, 23-23 at halftime and 43-43 through three full quarters.

    Really, in a game as competitive as Thursday’s, the significance of every play was magnified.