Today's News

  • Griego rides first bull of national finals rodeo

    Jose Griego made it to the buzzer Tuesday in his first bull ride at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington.

    So far, so good.

    The Las Vegas native scored a 65, currently tying him for 16th place in the bull riding standings. He’s due to ride again on Thursday.

    Cody Case of Fulton, Mo., is the top rider to date with a 77 in the first go-round. Just 26 competitors have completed the eight-second ride; more will make the attempt today.

  • A green-and-gold game plan

    West Las Vegas football players logged quite a few rushing yards over the weekend.

    But they weren’t on the gridiron. They were delivering meals to customers at Sonic Drive-in.

    The team wants to start the season in style with new uniforms they are purchasing with money they earn themselves.

  • Lunch prices up at City Schools

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has voted for a price increase in meals served in the district’s cafeterias.

    Business manager Myrna Garcia said school districts across the state are also raising prices. The latest move would help the district cover the cost of the actual meals, she said.

    Garcia said meal rates for lunch at elementary schools will go from 90 cents to $1.10. At Memorial Middle and Robertson High schools, lunch will cost $1.25, up from the previous $1.

  • City may have broken tax law

    The city of Las Vegas appears to have violated the law by approving expenditures from lodgers tax revenue without seeking recommendations from a board made up of motel owners and other tourist-related businesses.

    The city has been without a lodgers tax board since March when Las Vegas’ newly elected mayor, Tony Marquez, disbanded all city committees, saying he planned to appoint new members.

  • Apartment operator seeks fence

    The operator of a local apartment complex takes the old clich, “Good fences make good neighbors,” to heart.

    Cathy Ray, representing Villa Las Vegas Apartments on Mountain View Drive, is asking the city to build a seven-foot fence between the apartments and next-door public housing.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, she blamed public housing residents for repeatedly damaging property at the apartments, including breaking of windows. The current fence has been damaged to the point where public housing tenants are getting through, she said.

  • Team ropers Archuleta, Cook 6th in NHSRA finals

    Las Vegan J.C. Archuleta and partner Ryan Cook of Belen finished their first round of competition at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in sixth place among team ropers.

    The national finals continue through the end of the week in Farmington.

    Archuleta and Cook posted a time of 7.961 seconds, less than nine-tenths of a second behind fifth-place Colton Redmond and Andrew Yates, a Mississippi duo. Ty Erickson and Dalton Tamcke, both of Montana, lead the standings with a 6.275.

    Dozens of teams are vying for the team roping championship.

  • Prof to head Oklahoma state agency

    Las Vegas resident Michael O’Brien has been selected as the next director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

    O’Brien is currently a Highlands University professor and rehabilitation services consultant, who was employed from 1997 to 2001 as administrator of the Oklahoma agency’s Vocational Rehabilitation division.

  • Official: Put more women on panels

    Mayor Tony Marquez has already started making appointments to city advisory committees, but he’s getting some advice from a City Council member on how to make the panels more diverse.

    At last week’s council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she would like to see more women and youths appointed to committees.

  • McAllister Lake remains closed

    The state Game and Fish Department has closed McAllister Lake for fishing until further notice.

    Clint Henson, a Game and Fish spokesman, said his agency is unable to stock the lake because of golden algae and water conditions. The closure will last, Henson said, “until Mother Nature decides to give us more water.”

  • Kryptos end with fifth-place regional finish

    A 3-4 record in this past week’s Sandy Koufax Regionals gave the Las Vegas Kryptonite a fifth-place finish to conclude the team’s second full season.

    “We did good,” said manager Shannon Aragon. “It was our first year at regionals.”

    Unofficially, the Kryptos went 24-15 overall this campaign, with 10 of the defeats having come against 16-and-under foes, an older age group than their 14-and-under norm.