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Today's News

  • Gonzales takes on establishment

    Highlands University students are rallying around the college’s regent chairman Javier Gonzales for Congress, while establishment political forces are backing another yet-to-be announced candidate, Public Regulation Commission chairman Ben Lujan Jr.

    Gonzales told the Optic that if he does enter the race for the 3rd Congressional district, support for his run wouldn’t come from the political establishment. He was referring to a gathering earlier in the day where many of Las Vegas’ elected officials threw their support behind Lujan Jr.

  • Councilman says code enforcers doing their jobs

    City Councilman Morris Madrid said Wednesday that the city’s code enforcement officers aren’t giving anyone special treatment. And he knows that firsthand.

    Recently, the city’s code enforcement supervisor, Carl Vigil, called Madrid, saying that the city got a report that someone heard hammering at Madrid’s house. Madrid didn’t have a building permit for any construction at the time.

  • Campos may get chance

    Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, may yet become a finalist for Luna Community College’s presidency.

    Luna’s interim president, Sigfredo Maestas, said Wednesday that the Board of Trustees needs to consider five finalists for the top job.

    The college had five top candidates, but one of them, E. Clayton Allred, vice president of instruction at Odessa College, recently dropped out of the running.

  • Establishment comes out in force

    Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Lujan Jr. met with the Democratic Party leadership in Las Vegas on Wednesday to garner support for his expected run for the U.S. Congress.

    The local political establishment was out in force for the son of state House Speaker Ben Lujan Sr.

    Lujan told a large gathering of supporters that he promised Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., he would not announce his run for the 3rd congressional seat until after Udall officially announces his run for U.S. Senate.

  • Residents wait long time for rollouts

    For each of the last three months, Felipe Gallegos has received a city solid waste bill of $12, the normal rate for residential customers.

    The bills have arrived right on time, but there’s been a problem most of the time: Gallegos wasn’t receiving service.

    Most new solid waste customers find they must wait weeks and even months to get rollout containers, as has been the case with Gallegos.

  • Jazz choir at the Las Vegas Museum

    A performance by the Highlands University Jazz Choir directed by Andr Garca-Nuthmann will highlight an open house at the City of Las Vegas Museum and the launching of the Friends of the Museum’s new endowment campaign. The public is invited and can view special collections of the museum that are not currently on display.

  • District to sell two portables

    The West Las Vegas board Monday approved the sale of two portable classrooms that would have cost more than $100,000 each to bring up to code, officials said.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu told the board the portables are no longer functional and are being used for storage. He said the Public Schools Finance Authority has offered to buy the two portables for $15,000.

    “The portables are not usable. If they don’t meet code, we shouldn’t be in there and they are also taking up space. PSFA is interested and they are willing to buy them from us,” he said.

  • Students moved out of classrooms

    Don’t expect to see students at Union Elementary School in their classrooms.

    Most of the children have been in the cafeteria, the computer lab or the library for the last week because of a broken heating system, officials said Tuesday.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu said the school has heating at both ends of its building, but because of a broken part in the heater, the middle of the building, where the classrooms are, is without heat. The school has been dealing with the problem for the last couple of weeks, he said.

  • Marching band performs at Ilfeld

    Ilfeld Auditorium will resonate with the spirited music of the NMHU Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble in a concert on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Featured pieces include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Conquistador,” and big band arrangements “Quintado” and “The Heat’s On.”

  • Man accused of defrauding residents out of thousands

    A Las Vegas man has defrauded at least five residents out of thousands of dollars on the promise that he would repair their roofs or do other construction work, court documents state.

    But after getting the money, the suspect, Mario Mendoza, either hasn’t started the work or did very little, according to documents filed in Magistrate Court on Nov. 1. And the victims told authorities that they couldn’t reach Mendoza by phone or find him at his listed address.