Today's News

  • City OKs housing project at 11th hour

    The Las Vegas City Council had no idea before a meeting Wednesday that it would be considering a big construction project for the housing authority.

    And that was a matter of controversy. But in the end, the council unanimously approved a $215,000 contract to replace the roofs of 21 buildings in the authority. Las Vegas-based Rudolph Construction was the low bidder, beating six other companies during a bid opening Tuesday, officials said.

  • Mechanic accused of beating customer

    A mechanic shop owner is accused of attacking a man who owes him money.

    Michael Romero, who turned 32 Saturday, faces a number of charges in the attack, which took place at his business, Michael’s Precision Automotive, 514 Commerce St., police said.

    Last Monday afternoon, Romero visited Slim’s Tattoo Shop and asked the alleged victim if he had the $1,300 that he owed Michael’s Precision for car repairs, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

  • Highlands plans renovations, green projects

    Highlands University’s five-year capital outlay priorities include the remodeling of the media arts building, renovation of the old Las Vegas hospital property and the old trolley building, and the going-green initiative that aims to make the campus energy efficient.

    The Board of Regents approved the plan at its meeting last week.

  • Longtime radio host leaves airwaves

    Cipriano Aguilar quietly disappeared from the airwaves two months ago — no goodbyes, no farewell shows, no reminiscences.

    After 46 years with KFUN, Aguilar said he decided to leave and gives his keys to station owner Joseph Baca in May. For years, he hosted a show playing Spanish music on Sunday afternoons, becoming a fixture on Las Vegas radio.

    Aguilar said he had disagreements with Baca but didn’t want to say what they were because he promised to be positive about his departure.

  • Cowboy football picked seventh

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football team is predicted to finish seventh in the new-look 10-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, according to a coaches’ poll released late last week by the league office.

    Highlands (4-6 overall and 3-5 in the RMAC last season under Pablo Cano) is beginning its first season with Chad Roanhaus at the helm. Roanhaus, who guided Robertson to back-to-back Class 3A state titles in 2005-06, is a former standout Cowboy quarterback.

  • Mayor appoints residents to panel

    Mayor Tony Marquez, elected in March, continues to make his mark on city government.

    During a special meeting last week, the City Council confirmed his choices for four city advisory committees. He said he plans to announce more appointments at an upcoming council meeting.

    The committee members are:

    • Utility Committee: Chairman Andrew Feldman, a city councilman; Gilbert Martinez; Glenn Yocum, a current member; Lee Einer, the Optic’s features editor; and Amos Estrada, a retired educator who has closely watched city government over the years.

  • Unlicensed builder sentenced

    A man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to posing as a contractor and failing to complete work after getting paid for it, officials said.

    Mario Mendoza, 51, pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and was sentenced to serve four and a half years in prison, according to a district attorney’s office press release. Mendoza is required to pay $10,000 to the victims upon his release from prison.

  • Woman accused in attack

    A Las Vegas woman is accused of attacking her boyfriend in an apartment on the Highlands University campus.

    Pamela Gold Leyba, 36, 1211 Chavez St., was charged with assault and battery against a household member.

    Around 5 p.m. June 28, the shirtless, shoeless victim showed up at the Highlands University police station to report that he had been attacked. He had marks on his face, back, arms and leg, according to a criminal complaint.

  • Luna launches algae project

    Even before sky-high gas prices, Luna Community College and Roadrunner BioD’s had been working on a demonstration project with the objective of showing the efficient, clean, environmentally safe and sensible method of growing algae and converting the oil into biodiesel fuel.

  • Groups request city money

    A number of groups last week approached the City Council to seek city money, but most acknowledged the city’s tough budget situation.

    The council held a special meeting Friday to hear presentations from local nonprofit groups trying to make the case for public funds. The city must submit a final budget to the state by month’s end.

    “We need to increase revenues and cut expenditures. At the same time, we need to expand services,” City Manager Sharon Caballero said.