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Today's News

  • Little said about controversies

    During an emotional meeting less than two weeks ago, a City Council majority voted to dismiss six city department heads. By contrast, Wednesday’s council meeting was relatively calm.

    The meeting was held on the same day that the city held an employee appreciation lunch, which some officials said was the first such occasion in recent memory.

    No one directly addressed the firings during the meeting, but some noted the resulting tension.

  • Thumbs - Our high-country lowdown on the news

    VIVAN LA FIESTAS! It’s been a part of Las Vegas for six scores — 120 straight years of celebration the region’s heritage. And it’s in full force today, so grab your folding chairs and head on down to the Plaza for lots of Spanish song and dance, Southwest sun, and maybe a monsoon shower or two. And don’t forget the city fireworks show tonight.

    Enjoy this Fourth of July holiday, everyone — Las Vegas style!

  • 92 kazoos

    I recently returned from the best funeral I have ever attended. There was seating for 300 and at least another 100 stood in a companionable horseshoe around the edge of the rows of chairs. No minister presided but friends and family, a whole stable of wonderfully spiritual people, took their moments at the microphone, triggering not only tears but also laughter as they remembered the man we were all there to eulogize.

  • Station cancels weekly program

    A local radio station has canceled a weekend talk show, saying the program was too negative.

    KFUN owner Joseph Baca informed Bernard Schaer on Monday that the station was ending Schaer’s one-hour talk show, which has been running for two and a half years. The decision took effect immediately, with Baca asking Schaer to turn in his station keys.

  • Albuquerque news program to focus on Las Vegas

    Albuquerque’s Action 7 News will focus on Las Vegas as part of special segments in the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newcasts on Friday.

    At 6 p.m., Action 7 News reporter Matt Grubs takes Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Feldman for a ride in Sky 7 to talk about the colorful history and to see some of the local landmarks around Las Vegas from the air.

    At 10 p.m., the mayor pro tem will discuss the renewed interest in building a dam in Gallinas Canyon and how city officials are trying to get funding from the federal government.

  • Council tackles unpaid accounts

    The city’s top utilities official recommended this week that the city hire a company to help the city collect on unpaid accounts.

    George DuFour, the city’s utilities director, said the city had unpaid accounts going back to the early 1980s, which still remain on the books. He urged the city write off the oldest debt, saying it was highly doubtful the city would ever find the people, many of whom may be dead.

  • Union: Don't hire consultants

    A union representing city employees pleaded with the City Council on Wednesday to end its relationship with a management consulting firm that helps government agencies with negotiations.

    Council members then directed city management to do just that.

    During the public input portion of the council’s meeting, Christian Laumbach, an official with the state chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, urged the city administration to negotiate directly with the union, without having any third party.

  • No answers from health trust

    Sunday marks a year since the Las Vegas Health Trust vowed to communicate more with the public about what it’s doing. At a public meeting last year, its president even promised to provide a press release.

    The Optic is still waiting for the release, and its calls to trust officials went unreturned this week.

  • Keep officials in the loop

    It’s no secret the Las Vegas City Council has its divisions. Mayor Tony Marquez has two staunch allies, Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman, while the opposition consists of Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal.

    While many governing bodies prefer to discuss their differences outside public meetings, the City Council historically has carried out many debates in public. And that’s a good thing. After all, aren’t citizens entitled to learn about the pros and cons of issues during spirited public discussions?

  • Las Vegan accused of ramming man's car

    A Las Vegas man stands accused of repeatedly ramming another man’s car last week.

    Steven Quintana, 31, 205 Commerce St., was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

    Shortly before 6 p.m. last Wednesday, Quintana, in a blue pickup truck, followed another man driving on Commerce Street, according to documents filed in Magistrate Court. After a few blocks, Quintana struck the victim’s car a number of times, police said.