Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sounds even series with Isotopes

    A pivotal fifth inning saw Nashville break open a 2-2 game, scoring three runs to take the lead for good in an eventual 11-3 win over Albuquerque on Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.

    It was a reversal of fortune for the Isotopes, who had defeated the Sounds 11-3 the previous evening to open the four-night series. And it was a rough outing for the ‘Topes’ pitching staff, which gave up 11 runs on 14 hits and six walks.

  • Leger, Lucero for commission

    San Miguel County’s government is arguably the best-run in the area. That’s to the credit of the county manager, his staff and the current County Commission.

    With two competitive races for commission in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, it’s important voters look at which candidates are best able to continue the progress and find ways to improve those areas of county government that are lagging.

  • Rival objects to candidate's presence in clerk's office

    A dispute has erupted between the two candidates for county clerk in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    Candidate Richard Medina is questioning why his opponent, Melanie Rivera, a county clerk’s employee, was in the office on Tuesday. He noted a county policy that mandates employees running for county office be on leave for 30 days before an election.

    Rivera, supervisor of the clerk’s Bureau of Elections, confirmed she was in the office for five minutes and that it was her first time there since she started her leave a few weeks ago.

  • Exceeding expectations

    A West Las Vegas student group took home scores of awards, but some members apparently thought they could have done even better.

    West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America excelled at the National Competition in Reno, Nev., recently bringing home 83 awards.

    Principal Josephine Romero said she was proud of her students.

  • Area man convicted of hurting girlfriend

    An area man has been found guilty of pistol-whipping his girlfriend in one incident and throwing her off a recliner in another, officials said.

    District Attorney Richard Flores reported that Russell Gonzales was convicted recently in a jury trial in District Court. He was convicted of aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence, Flores said.

  • Lawyer: State 'hiding' evidence

    The attorney for West Las Vegas’ former superintendent contends the state attorney general’s office has hidden evidence from a grand jury.

    Last week, Kathleen Love, attorney for Joe Baca, asked District Court in San Miguel County to demand that the state present evidence and witnesses to the grand jury, which is slated to be convened soon.

    Grand juries are rare in San Miguel County; most defendants get preliminary hearings in which their attorneys get to cross-examine the state’s witnesses.

  • Nine locals all-district in baseball, softball

    Nine Meadow City athletes were among those honored this week as all-district baseball and softball players for the recently concluded season.

    Robertson’s Faith Gallegos, Daniella Montoya and Kris Padilla, along with West Las Vegas’ Erica Moberg and Angelica Salazar, were named to the All-District 2-3A softball squad.

    Meanwhile, Robertson’s Nathan Klein and Jerome Encinias joined West Las Vegas’ Ruben Dimas and Jared Gallegos on the district’s baseball team.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': NBA has lost some of its luster

    How was everybody’s week and weekend with graduation festivities? Apparently we all survived. And as most know, the graduation parties are not finished yet. It appears it takes just as long to conclude all the parties as it does to complete the NBA playoffs.

    Keeping up with them? I am, now that my Boston Celtics have returned. Yup, I am a Celtic fan. Since the days of Russell, Cowens, Havlicek, Cousy, Bird and one of my all-time favorites, Jo Jo White.

    Memo to NBA officials: You run through the NFL and MLB seasons. Why? Does the season ever end?