Today's News

  • Local man's conviction upheld

    The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of an area man convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

    The high court reversed a previous Court of Appeals decision for the case of Lloyd Lucero, 27.

    The Court of Appeals had ordered a new trial on the grounds that a requested self-defense instruction was not given to the jury by presiding Judge Eugenio Mathis, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Letter: Business manager shouldn't get more

    This letter is in response to the May 24 story regarding the West Las Vegas budget and the business manager. Boy, she sure has nerve demanding a 28 percent increase in salary. ...

    Why should the whole West Las Vegas staff have to settle for a zero percent increase — people who, incidently, have been with the schools for years — while she sits back and enjoys a $20,000 pay increase? Just who does she think she is?

  • Cops moved to code enforcement

    The Las Vegas Police Department has transferred two of its officers to code enforcement, where they will focus on parking and animal control violations.

    The police recently took over code and animal control enforcement from the city Community Development Department.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said the code officers’ shifts will include nights and weekends. He said the department had divided the city into six sectors for enforcement.

  • Wooden's lessons went beyond sport

    When a person is hired to become a head coach, he or she immediately becomes more than the title states.

    They become a role model, a father or mother figure. They at times become larger than life in the eyes of young adults or young children, whether it be Pee-Wee League or college athletics.

    In the passing of legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, much can be learned about what a coach is. Wooden was a giant among people.

  • City says it fixes quirk in sewer bills

    Some people get monthly utility bills and notice something strange: They’re paying for more gallons of sewer use than water consumed.

    This is a problem city officials believe they corrected recently.

    Sewer usage rates are based on water use from the previous winter, which is usually when people use less water.

    But when homes change hands, the new occupants may use considerably less water. They then become mystified about the impossibility of disposing more water than they use.

  • Work of Art: $2,300, A great investment

    You’ve heard it said that a college degree is worth what a high school diploma used to be. There was a time, certainly in my lifetime, when educators urged us not to drop out of high school. “You hold the key to the future,” and other such bromides put the fear of poverty into us.

    At the time, when the U.S. began its switch from a mercantile society to an information-processing country, the need for higher degrees increased. I’m not going to give a paean on the benefits of school but merely stress how important certain qualifications are. To some.

  • Rotary golf benefit Saturday

    Golfers are invited to take part in this weekend’s Las Vegas Rotary benefit tournament, which begins 9 a.m. at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Cost is $125, covering golf, cart, lunch and prizes. Fax entry forms (player names, handicaps and phone numbers) to Kay Dorman, 505-426-0230. Sign-in is set for 8 a.m. Saturday.

    Format is ABCD four-person scramble, and only one player per team is allowed to have a handicap of nine or less. Additionally, combined tem handicap must exceed 50.

    The tourney benefits Coats for Kids, Camp RYLA and other charities.

  • Oklahoma State coach stays true to Mora roots

    Mora area native Miranda Serna, daughter of Nettie Herrera and John Serna, has been assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State University for almost five years.

  • DA: Man's drug crimes near school

    A man suspected of selling drugs may be charged with a first-degree felony because he was distributing the narcotics less than 1,000 feet from a school, an official said last week.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged last month with two counts of the second-degree felony of trafficking drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Espanola card has plenty of Las Vegas flavor

    “The Final Chapter,” as a July 17 professional boxing event is called, won’t be held in the Meadow City, but the card has an unmistakable Las Vegas flavor to it nonetheless.

    The card, headlined by the third — and theoretically final — fight between six-time world champion Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta, is set for 7 p.m. July 17 at the Ohkay Casino in Española.

    The event had originally been scheduled for this coming Saturday, June 12, but that date was cancelled.