Today's News

  • City starts cell phone enforcement

    A couple of months ago, the City Council enacted a ban on using cell phones while driving, but city police didn’t start enforcing it until late last week.

    That’s because Chief Gary Gold wanted to pass the ban as part of a uniform traffic ordinance, which the council passed at its meeting last week.

    Gold said officers would start issuing verbal warnings right away and begin issuing actual citations Feb. 1. He said the Police Department planned to heavily advertise the new ordinance, so drivers are aware of it.

  • Official defends colleague's absence

    Councilman Eugene Romero has missed the last two regular City Council meetings — the first for “personal issues” and the second for “family obligations.”

    Those were the explanations from city staff members. Councilman Michael Gallegos told his colleagues at last week’s meeting that Romero was gone because he was attending his child’s play, and Gallegos defended that decision.

  • Two killed north of town

    The state police are conducting an investigation into the apparent shooting deaths of two residents.

    The victims were Damian Ortiz, 24, and Stephanie Dimas, 25, state police Lt. David Martinez said. They were killed while inside a mobile home at 728 Dora Celeste, north of Las Vegas. It was believed to have happened between 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. today. Martinez said Ortiz and Dimas were a couple.

    The state police said they didn’t have a motive in the case or any suspects.

  • Mayor says he won't run again

    Mayor Henry Sanchez announced this morning that he wouldn’t run again, saying that if he did, he might be a “hindrance” to the city government.

    “I’ve done the best I could. For the best interests of the city, I will not run for mayor,” Sanchez said on KFUN at the end of an hour-long program.

    Throughout the program, Sanchez accused his critics of pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy on such issues as City Council salaries and reducing the council’s size. He warned people to beware of “outside interests.”

  • Girls carries on family card tradition

    When Brianna Tenorio sees their eyes light up and the smiles she brings to the faces of her elderly friends, the work she does all year to prepare for the special day feels more like she’s the one getting the gift instead of giving it.

    “It makes me feel good inside because many people are lonely and when I give them a Christmas card, it makes them smile. It also makes me smile and makes me happy,” Tenorio said.

  • Credit union to expand

    State Employees Credit Union is planning an expansion that will deal with a large amount of customer traffic, its representatives told the City Council this week.

    The credit union and the city are planning to enter a lease agreement that would give the credit union use of city land for parking in exchange for improvements and maintenance to the nearby riverwalk property.

  • Some licenses suspended in error

    Virginia Lujan got a speeding ticket in 1994, and she insists she paid the fine. But she has no record of that payment more than a dozen years later.

    Recently, the Las Vegan received a letter from the state Motor Vehicle Division that her license had been suspended because of the 1994 ticket. She was informed that she could go to Magistrate Court on Seventh Street and reinstate her license by paying $25.

    She wondered why she had to reinstate her license after all these years, given that she has been licensed all these years.

  • Board urged to consider search for superintendent

    Las Vegas City Schools board Vice President Ramon “Swoops” Montao, said this week that board members need to start looking for a possible replacement to Superintendent Pete Campos.

  • Harpsichords: Keys to the baroque

    A boy of 14 spent his allowance on a round of pressed vinyl with an unusual name, Switched on Bach. He set a record player’s needle into the album’s grooves. Synthesized sounds catapulted from the player, 18th- century meter and rhyme wrapped in an electronic ribbon. The boy knew his life would change.

  • Children's art benefits Rio Gallinas School

    Sixth grade student Mary Miller dipped brush into ink. Her short brown hair fell into her eyes but she didn’t move. She held her breath, attention on a small sheet of tin, on a moment in her life painfully opaque, mysterious. A moment so precious she would shroud her self-portrait in a soft halo.

    “Art is supposed to tell a story,” Miller mused after class. “It’s one way we can share who we are with each other.”

    Rio Gallinas School art instructor Maureen O’Brien would agree.