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Today's News

  • City fires utilities director

    Utilities Director George Du Four’s car broke down on the way from Albuquerque, so he couldn’t make it to Wednesday’s City Council to argue against his firing.

    A councilman supporting Du Four pleaded for a delay — to no avail. By a 3-2 vote, the council fired the director.

    After a week and a half of secrecy, Mayor Tony Marquez finally revealed the reason why he wanted to let Du Four go: He contended the director had adjusted customer accounts in violation of city ordinance.

    No details were given.

  • Sporting goods store opens doors

    National sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has opened its newest store in Las Vegas.

    The new Hibbett Sports store opened at 2500 Seventh St. in Las Vegas on Friday and will employ eight full- and part-time team members.

    Announcing the opening, Mickey Newsome, chief executive officer of Hibbett Sports, said, “Las Vegas is another great market for Hibbett Sports. We think Hibbett Sports will be a great addition to Las Vegas. We believe this convenient new location is a win-win for Hibbett Sports and the Las Vegas community.”

  • EDITORIAL: Chaos at City Hall

    Public officials should be held accountable, and that includes Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez.        Before last year’s election, we endorsed his candidacy for mayor, expecting him to be a breath of fresh air at City Hall. We supported his vision of transparency and accountability — and still do.

    But we have come to disagree with how he has tried to carry out that vision. He has brought great instability to city government, and that has high costs for our community.

  • Manager hopefuls introduced to residents

    Candidates for city manager met with the public and department directors on Tuesday.

    Today, they’ll undergo interviews with a mayor-appointed selection committee. The committee members are Gus Cordova, who is with the recruitment firm Mercer Group Inc. and has 29 years experience as a city manager; local funeral home owner, former mayor and former state Sen. Alfred Nelson; and local real estate agent Corrine Leger.       

  • East-West hoops tonight and Thursday

    Rivalry week is here for Meadow City basketball.

    Robertson’s boys’ basketball team hosts West Las Vegas this evening at Mike Marr Gym. Action tips off with the freshman game at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity and varsity, the latter tipping off sometime after 7.

    The Cardinals, coached by David Bustos, are 5-14 overall and 1-3 in District 2-3A. Most recently, the Cards lost 76-59 to Santa Fe Indian.

    The Dons and Morgan Montaño are 12-8 and 2-2 coming off a 58-46 loss at St. Mike’s.

  • COLUMN: A soap opera for Las Vegas

    Who around here needs to watch soap operas? Especially these last few months. Just watch what’s going on at City Hall. Nobody is suffering amnesia, as they typically do in soaps. But our community has plenty of other forms of drama — fights between former friends, lost jobs, chaos and lawyers.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2: Three local wrestlers make finals; baseball begins for LCC, NMHU

    Robertson’s wrestling team, missing grapplers at several weight classes, earned an 11th place finish in this past weekend’s annual Cardinal Classic, which brought 21 out-of-town schools to town for the two-day event.

    The host Cardinals amassed 163.5 team points, getting edged out by Hobbs (173) and Santa Fe High (167) on the second day. West Las Vegas finshed 14th in the 24-team affair with 111.5 team points. The RHS junior varsity took 17th with 81 points, and Pecos was 20th with 43.

  • Pecos boys rip Monte del Sol to open district

    Pecos started off District 4-2A in grand style with an 81-54 win over Monte del Sol Tuesday night.

    Tim Baca led the charge, scoring 17 of his game-high 33 points in the third period to break open a close game.

    The Panthers and Dragons played to an 11-all tie in the first period. Pecos led 33-25 at intermission and then outscored the Dragons 29-7 in the third period. 

    Del Gonzales added 16 points and Joseph Gonzales chipped in with 10. Point guard Darren Villanueva distributed eight assists.

  • LETTER: Vote, be a voice for our children

    We all know school board elections are coming up. In the atmosphere of hope that encompasses our country today, we can’t help but feel like we can make a difference. All elections are important, yet school board elections, the decision we make on behalf of the children in our community, typically have overwhelmingly low turnout rates.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We want to thank everyone who was part of the recent Cooney Fundraiser Concert at the First Presbyterian Church. What a joyful and heartwarming occasion it was!  Such talent, kindness, and generosity!  We are humbled and grateful and will put the money to very good use as we rebuild and rebound from the fire.