Today's News

  • Plunging into the new year

    Last Jan. 1, several dozen Las Vegans braved the brisk morning air. Their cars ground frozen snow beneath unsure wheels, slid along Seventh Street, past Wal-Mart, past the after-holiday sales. Storrie Lake loomed before them. A yellow backhoe rested near the shore, it’s operator satisfied with the job he did hacking up ice three-inches thick. An ambulance driver stood ready, his hands warm inside heavy wool mittens. They both glanced at the crowd of Polar Bear Club members giddy for a chance to welcome the New Year with a burst of hypothermic pain.

  • House burglarized; holiday gifts stolen

    A house on the east side was burglarized, with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise stolen.

    Stephen Hedval, an Albuquerque resident, said his fiance, Janice Kavanaugh, came back to her 920 Jackson St. house Sunday morning and discovered that someone had broken in and stolen all of the Christmas presents that she had planned to give, jewelry, rosaries and a new 40-inch plasma TV.

    “She came home from Mass in the morning and saw her Christmas tree torn down and all the drawers turned upside down.”

  • Shots reported half day before

    Police got calls about gunshots in the area of a double homicide more than 12 hours before two bodies were discovered in a mobile home on Dec. 20, authorities say.

    Around 3 p.m., the bodies of Stephanie Dimas, 25, and Damian Lucero-Ortiz, 24, were found in their home at 728 Dora Celeste.

    Around 2 a.m. earlier that day, the Las Vegas Police Department received two calls — one from Enchanted Hills mobile home park and another from a mobile home park a block away on Dora Celeste — about reported gunshots.

  • Garbage piles up in some areas

    Garbage is piling up for some residents, especially for those who didn’t see the notice that trash pickup schedules had changed.

    Mary Martinez, who lives on El Creston Circle, said trash was bursting out of residents’ rollout containers. She said she and others didn’t see the city notice that instead of picking up trash on Monday, which was Christmas Eve, solid waste crews were to come by the previous Friday.

  • Trio Alegre brings musical joy to Las Vegas

    Billie Mathews remembers pressing the keys of an upright piano every Sunday morning. Her grandmother sat beside her on a polished bench. Mathews strung together the kind of eclectic melodies an untrained six-year old dreams, expressions of satisfied joy.

  • Meredith Britt exhibits at Travelers Cafe

    “Half of One, Six Dozen of the Other,” a show of 13 paintings by Meredith Britt at Travelers Caf, will have an art reception with refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. All are invited.

    The exhibit comprises 11 oil paintings and 2 pastels. The show is a retrospective, Britt said, since one work, “The Lake Was Low,” dates to the early 80s and two others, “Overlook Caf” and “Las Tres Benditas,” date to the early 90s. The others were painted in this century — most of them this year. All are for sale.

  • 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.