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Today's News

  • A lightning rod for change

    In March, Las Vegas voters decided on a change in leadership at City Hall. It was a big change, from a majority that controlled City Hall to the minority opinion that things could be run better. But it pales in comparison to the sweeping changes that came Friday night, when Mayor Tony Marquez declared that there’s a new sheriff in town.

  • Official suggests end to litigation

    For a sparsely attended meeting, several big issues were discussed Thursday in the City Council chambers about one of the city’s most vexing problems — water.

    In a meeting dubbed, “Community Partnership Special Water Meeting” called by Mayor Tony Marquez, the city laid out exactly where it’s at and where it’s going, from conservation, to litigation, to a proposed new reservoir in Gallinas Canyon.

  • La Plaza majors baseball final set for Friday night

    A 14-3 Yankees victory in Thursday night’s semifinal of the La Plaza Little League Majors Division baseball tournament set up a dream matchup Friday night between the Yanks and the undefeated Cubs.

    First pitch of the championship game is set for 6:30 p.m. at Rodriguez Park.

    The Cubs are 14-0-1 heading into the game. The lone blemish? A tie, declared due to time limits, with the Yankees one week ago. The Yanks are 11-3-1 and defeated the Angels (6-8) in five innings on Thursday.

  • Thumbs - Our high-country lowdown on the news

    REASONABLE DISSENSION. Thumbs up. We agree with the majority regarding the Las Vegas City Council’s decision to impose Stage 1 water restrictions but we respect councilor Morris Madrid’s opposition to it at Wednesday’s meeting. Madrid called the decision “a little premature” and argued that the water conservation ordinance doesn’t require council action, since the city manager can take action on it independent of council direction.

  • LCC golf tourney fundraiser set for August

    The 2008 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

    A four-person team sponsor is $1,000 or $250 per individual. A hole sponsorship is $250. The entry fee covers green fees, a cart, and a prime rib dinner. All money raised will be used for scholarships, according to a news release issued by LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos.

  • Mayor to nominate Caballero

    Mayor Tony Marquez has called another special Las Vegas City Council meeting for tonight — to address two issues.

    One is that he wants Sharon Caballero as the new city manager. Caballero is the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation’s executive director and a former Highlands University president.

    “Sharon Caballero is the best qualified candidate for the job,” Marquez said. “She has a passion to move Las Vegas forward.”

  • New library groundbreaking set for Saturday

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the new David Cargo Library will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Anton Chico. Expected guests include Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., State Auditor Hector Balderas and former Lt. Gov. Roberto Mondragon.

    “Tom (Udall) said he hoped to be here but it depends on how long the Congress is in session,” Cargo said.

  • Pecos hires Sanchez to head hoops program

    Hoops coaching veteran Clyde Sanchez has accepted the head boys’ basketball position at Pecos High School.

    Sanchez, formerly the team’s assistant coach, succeeds his former boss, David Bustos. Bustos recently was hired as Robertson’s head boys’ basketball coach after a two-year run at Pecos.

    Sanchez is a native of San Juan, an alumnus of Pecos and a former coach at West Las Vegas and Pecos. He has been coaching approximately 25 years including head coaching stints at all levels but varsity.

  • Carnegie gets new library director

    By Raven Romero

    Las Vegas Optic

    One hundred years ago a man had an idea. He valued books and he believed that everybody should have access to them, so he established a trust, to build libraries in small communities throughout the United States.

    His name was Andrew Carnegie, and one of these libraries was constructed in Las Vegas. With it, a long line of librarians have kept the books flowing. Leo McCormick joins these people as the new librarian for Carnegie Library.

  • District says farewell to Campos

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos leaves the district’s top job with fond memories and a list of accomplishments remembered during a surprise farewell party preceding this week’s school board meeting.

    Board vice president Ramon “Swoops” Montao said this was a way to say thanks to Campos for his service during his last board meeting with City Schools. He also recognized Campos’ wife Lori, son Peter, parents and other family members in the audience.