Today's News

  • West student leads cap collection

    Think it’s too hot when the temperature reaches 90 degrees around here? Try 120 degrees in the desert.

    West Las Vegas Middle School student Greg Medina has given much thought to the conditions that U.S. soldiers endure in Iraq. And he’s doing what he can to help.

    A few months ago, Medina was looking at the Soldiers’ Angels Web site, looking for ways to help servicemen and women. He found out that soldiers often need caps.

  • Two accused of having large amounts of crack cocaine

    Authorities arrested two people who had a large amount of crack cocaine last week, officials said.

    Last Tuesday, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed a high-risk search warrant at 302 Grand Ave. Agents found the crack and discovered that the suspects were armed with handguns.

    The suspects were identified as Jose Dimas and Carlos Vigil, who were charged with trafficking drugs, officials said.

    Task force Commander Sgt. Mack Allingham said the agency received intelligence that the suspects were alleged gang members.

  • 122 graduate from childhood center

    Family and friends of Early Childhood Center kindergartners filled Ilfeld Auditorium during morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies Wednesday.

    This is the second year Highlands University has opened its doors to the tots to accommodate the large number of graduates — 122 — and audience members.

    Previously, ECC held at least four separate programs.

    In a letter to parents and graduates, Principal LeeEtte Quintana said the school had made great gains this year in reading with 92 percent of students performing at grade level.

  • What does graduation mean?

    There are so many thoughts and questions about the future during graduation. It really begins the day that senior week starts For some, it begins on Sunday, for the senior mass, and for others it begins on Monday at the “mandatory” baccalaureate.

    We pull our gowns over our heads for the first time and laugh at how funny they look. Going back to baccalaureate, why even have it? All week everyone was asking, “What is baccalaureate”? The only response that came up was “some inspirational talk.” Why are any of these rituals necessary?

  • Zimowski, Linda King perform at Kennedy Hall

    Pianist Linda King and violinist Krzysztof Zimowski will join forces in a recital of music for violin and piano, and solo piano, on Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. at Kennedy Hall on the NMHU campus. They will play music by Wieniawski, Schubert, Chopin, and Beethoven, including the famous “Moonlight” Piano Sonata.

  • A stylized life

    A woman and man dance, arms arched together in continuous embrace. The woman’s hair cascades down her shoulders, following the curve of her back. Her right foot reaches beneath her man’s legs, giving the terra cotta sculpture a breath of captured movement, of music

  • Candidate reports signs damaged

    Travis Regensberg, a candidate for state representative, has reported that eight of his signs have been damaged.

    The signs feature his photo as well as the slogan, “Amigo de la Gente.” In a number of cases, his picture has been kicked out and vulgar names have been spraypainted over the signs, he said.

    He said he planned to keep up the signs so others would see that a few are cowardly.

  • Ringers hail new church addition

    A row of Las Vegans stand at the front of the First United Presbyterian altar prior to Sunday service, smarty dressed in white dress shirts and black cotton gloves. They wait, each holding the handle of a gilded bell.

    Conductor Karyl Lyne raises her arms, pointing at one ringer, then another, coaxing tones into the sanctuary. A cascade of clear chimes fills the space. The music is gentle, familiar, reminiscent of Christmas, of old-fashioned weddings. The ringers concentrate, lifting each bell and thrusting it with precision.

  • Economic group seeks more money from city

    An official from an economic development group asked the city this week to more than double its annual donation, contending the increase would yield dividends for Las Vegas.

    Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, requested that the city increase its annual contribution from $40,000 — where it has stood for years — to $102,000.

    “I realize $102,000 may be dreaming a little bit,” she said.

  • Good news on housing 'premature'

    The city got good news, but it proved incorrect.

    This week, Gary Gaylord, the contract accountant for the Las Vegas Public Housing Authority, told the City Council that he had good news: A federal agency had removed the authority’s troubled designation, although it remained unofficial.

    “All the work the staff has done to get us there has been wonderful. We want to keep it that way,” he said.

    The only problem: The authority is still deemed troubled.