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Today's News

  • No water cutoff for Vegas

    Because of public health and safety issues, the state won’t prevent the city of Las Vegas from taking water off the Gallinas River, a state official said Wednesday.

    Linda Gordan, a district supervisor with the state engineer’s office, made that statement in response to complaints at a public meeting that the city was getting greater priority in using water from the Gallinas than more senior users such as acequias, or community-operated ditches.

  • Las Vegas voters say they want change in town

    Change is in the air — at least among those Las Vegas voters surveyed during Tuesday’s municipal election.

    After voting at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School, Mollie Armijo said one major issue influencing her vote was the natural gas issue. Over the years, Las Vegas’ gas rates have been higher than other nearby towns.

    “I’m on a fixed income, and I don’t have enough money to pay my gas bills,” she said. “That’s a concern.”

  • Marquez defeats Sanchez

    City Councilman Tony Marquez handily defeated Mayor Henry Sanchez and three other opponents in Tuesday’s municipal election.

    Marquez took 1,291 votes, or 40 percent, over Sanchez’s 731, or 22 percent, sending the mayor out of City Hall after six years as the community’s leader. State hospital official Gary Ludi edged out former state employee Tonita Gurul-Giron with 462 votes to 448, both with roughly 14 percent of the vote. Las Vegas City Schools board member Ramon “Swoops” Montao came in last with 323 votes, or 10 percent.

  • Feldman wins over Ward 3 opponents

    Andrew Feldman, who moved to town less than six years ago, prevailed over four other candidates in the race for the Ward 3 City Council seat.

    Feldman, a Luna Community College professor, won with 321 votes, or 40 percent, with his nearest competitor, Max Trujillo, a real estate and insurance agent, getting 246 votes, or 31 percent. Joey Herrera, an employee for a Homeland Security contractor, received 166 votes, or 21 percent.

    Highlands University professor Luis Ortiz and local businessman Henry A. Sanchez trailed far behind with 33 and 29 votes respectively.

  • Voters reduce City Council pay

    Las Vegas voters decided Tuesday to amend the city charter to reduce the pay for City Council members and the mayor.

    More than 80 percent of voters chose to amend the city charter. The majority of voters — 1,632, or 54 percent — supported reducing pay to $85 per meeting, while 1,066, or 35 percent, backed $10,000 a year. A mere 11 percent supported the status quo of $19,854 a year.

  • Highlands allowed to use effluent

    The state Environment Department has approved a permit to allow Highlands University to water its golf course with treated wastewater from the city.

    The agency made the decision, despite the objections of a group that fears the project would mean less water for acequias south of Las Vegas.

    Felicia Orth, the department’s hearing officer, stated in her report that concerns about water availability should be referred to the state engineer’s office because her agency’s job is water quality.

  • West's honors choir wins state

    West Las Vegas Principal Gene Parson calls them “The Heavenly Choir of Angels” when speaking about the school’s award-winning Honors Choir, which just returned from a first-ever state choir competition in Albuquerque.

    “Seeing Arnell David Arellanes and the West Las Vegas Choir going and competing against some of the top-notch programs in the state and then doing extremely well just makes me so happy,” Parson said.

  • UWC student reflects on life in Las Vegas and America

    Mohammad Mobeen Ludin is one of the 203 students from 87 different countries attending United World College.

    As an Afghan, he comes from the country that is considered the front line in the global war on terrorism.

    Mobeen Ludin is 19 and in his second year at UWC. Born in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, in 1989, Mobeen’s family was subjected to the collateral damages of the civil war taking place in their country.

  • City sued in child custody battle

    A city police officer removed a child from his mother’s home and transferred custody to his father without any lawful authorization, according to a lawsuit filed against the city last month.

    The lawsuit contends that the officer was following a municipal policy that allows officers to remove children from homes without court orders or other “lawful justification.”

  • Pickup truck stolen on Grand Avenue

    A pickup truck belonging to Matthew and Linzy Behrs was stolen from in front of their residence at Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.

    Linzy Behrs heard noises, looked out the window and saw two men loading the truck onto a dolly. She called 911.

    The couple said they were upset with the response received from the 911 dispatcher.