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Today's News

  • Police seeking witnesses

    Las Vegas police are seeking any witnesses to the accident last Friday that killed Antonia Bernal, 59, of Springer.

    Authorities charged Nico Barela, 18, of Las Vegas with vehicular homicide and failure to render aid. He is accused of leaving the site of the accident after he hit Bernal and Steven J. Duran, who were on a motorcycle.

    The accident occurred at Baca and Grand avenues.

    Investigator Kenneth Jenkins said he wants to talk with anyone who saw the accident, particularly a couple of drivers who were believed to be in the area.

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb MISTAKE ADDRESSED PROPERLY. After revelations that the city violated its own ordinance by approving a Chamber of Commerce contract without running it by the Lodgers Tax Board — which had been disbanded earlier this year — the mayor and council took a step back to fix the mistake. A new board has now been named with able-bodied business people on it and the process can now move forward legally.

  • Budget OK'd, despite concerns

    Some City Council members on Wednesday acknowledged they had problems with the city’s proposed budget, but they unanimously approved the document to meet a state deadline.

    In so doing, they requested a work session within the next month to discuss their issues with the budget for this fiscal year, which began July 1.

    Just last week, a council majority rejected a first draft of the proposed budget because its drafters had revised the revenue without changing the cash balances and expenses.

  • Company plans call center in Las Vegas

    A customer service telecommunications center is taking over a Las Vegas building that housed another call center until it left late last year.

    Results Las Vegas, owned by Nevada-based Paramount Multi Services LLC, will have job applications and information available at an event Monday on the Highlands University campus welcoming the company. The center will be in the same complex where Alco discount store it.

    The company expects to be in operation by mid-September. Officials said it will bring 150 jobs.

  • Local issue, big implications

    SANTA FE — A curious situation down in Lincoln County apparently has elected officials throughout the state on edge.

    It all started when former Capitan mayor and deputy sheriff Steve Sederwall decided to run for sheriff as an independent. He checked with both the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to be sure he was doing everything an independent candidate needed to do to get on the ballot.

  • Project plagued with rain delays

    EL PUEBLO — The West Las Vegas board is looking at nearly $30,000 in change orders for the high school track and football field project.

    Architect Antonio Ortega told the West Las Vegas school board, meeting at Valley School last week, that there are three change orders in construction work that need the board’s attention.

    Ortega said Mother Nature was holding up progress on construction of the sports complex. He said rainy weather was playing havoc with the work schedule and causing other problems. The first phase is estimated to cost $1.1 million.

  • Change and stability

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has changed most of the cast of characters at City Hall since taking office nearly four months ago. He immediately hired a new interim city manager and disbanded all city committees. Last month, he brought in a new permanent city manager and dismissed six of the city’s 10 department directors. Citizens voted him in on a change platform, and change they have received.

  • City consolidation to be commemorated

    For most Las Vegans the year 1970 is remembered as the year that two became one — when West and East came together as the city of Las Vegas.

    What many do not know is that for a brief period in the late 1800s — 1882 to 1884 — a single municipality also existed.

    That fact, and the subsequent effort to bring the entities back together, will be commemorated with the dedication of a new exhibit sign to be placed at the Gallinas River Bridge.

  • This year's Fiestas

    As president of the Fiesta Council, I met recently with the council members for a debriefing. Everyone present had received nothing but great comments from the people who attended the Fiestas.

    Overall, it was a great success. The Council will strive for a better Fiesta next year. People just love to go to the park and hang out all day listening to the music and supporting their favorite bands. The food vendors were very pleased with the outcome and their sales. The one comment they kept repeating in each booth was that they loved the organization in the set up procedure.

  • 2 nabbed, drugs seized in raid

    History does repeat itself — at least in Anton Chico.

    Back in 1935, authorities seized about a ton of marijuana, consisting of 1,600 plants. And officials proudly announced that they had shut off one of the biggest sources in the state.

    Was that really the end for marijuana cultivation in Anton Chico? Hardly.

    Last Friday, police agencies executed a warrant on a property in Tecolotito in the Anton Chico area. Thirty-five officers converged on the property and found 160 marijuana plants and a large amount of cocaine, according to a news release.