Today's News

  • Murder suspect to be resentenced

    A teenager convicted in the murder of another was sent to prison in October, but that sentence no longer holds.

    Eloy Trujillo, 18, was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in state prison for the April 2006 killing of 18-year-old Anthony Maes during an alleyway fight near Robertson High School. Trujillo recently was transported from state prison to the county jail.

  • Three arrested in drug investigation

    Three residents were arrested last week on drug charges after authorities carried out a search warrant on a Union Street house.

    A married couple, Gilbert “Cartoon” Garcia, 42, and Marlene Garcia, 37, both of 115 Union St., are facing charges of trafficking crack cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of hydrocodone, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and bringing contraband into a jail. Gilbert Garcia also faces a charge of cocaine trafficking.

  • Student numbers up at Luna

    Luna Community College estimates that its enrollment increased during the fall semester from the same time a year ago.

    In fall 2006, the college had 2,016 students and that number increased to an estimated 2,103 this fall. Luna’s fall 2006 number was a big drop from the 2,183 in fall 2005. Overall enrollment has increased from 1,480 since fall 2001.

    Some of that increase can be attributed to high school students taking classes at Luna — a number that has increased from 408 in 2001 to 703 in 2007.

  • Man built hotel, then vanished

    Every building has a story. The building at 529-531 Railroad Ave., the so-called Rawlins House, has a story that includes a small mystery.

    Apart from its galvanized iron faade — a feature unique among Las Vegas buildings — some of its more interesting details have little to do with the building itself and more to do with the man Rawlins, whose name still appears prominently in big, stamped metal letters on the cornice.

  • College looks to Valley

    Radio personality Don Imus took Gov. Bill Richardson to task earlier this year on national airwaves for not getting money to renovate an old school building in Ribera.

    It turns out calling the governor a “fat sissy” over the issue had its benefits: Richardson arranged for the Legislature to appropriate $600,000 for the project.

  • Residents distribute food, other items

    Las Vegas did plenty of sharing last week. The Salvation Army, private citizens and students from East, West and Valmora donated their time to organize and distribute donated food, clothes, toys and books to families in need.

    The event has been in place for about six years.

  • Welcome center may get tenant

    The old welcome center at New Mexico and Grand avenues has been vacant for years.

    And while it still appears to be a welcome center, no one is there to greet tourists. The city hopes to change that.

    Some years ago, the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce moved its welcome center to the railroad district, and the city-owned building, with an old caboose, has been sitting vacant since then.

  • All in One Show

    Kindergarten kids from the Early Childhood Center brought smiles to a full house at Ilfeld Auditorium last week as the children performed song and dance numbers during the annual holiday program.

    This was the first time the school had a large enough venue so all classes could perform in one show.

  • Luna considering expanding its service area

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees last week divided over the school’s strategy for expanding to towns such as Pecos and Raton.

    Luna staff has been making overtures to Raton and Pecos in an attempt to provide more services in those communities, but some board members oppose such efforts before voters there decide to join Luna’s taxing district.

  • Las Vegas enrollment dropping

    West Las Vegas’ enrollment continues to drop. East Las Vegas reflects a similar trend, but not by as much.

    Jolene Peres, the district’s business manager, told the West Las Vegas school board last week about state equalization guarantee funding and noted that enrollment at the district has been decreasing with the majority of departing students coming from the high school.

    She passed out a graph showing a comparison of students enrolled at the East and West districts.