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The entire community is in mourning right now following the New Year’s Eve tragedy at a house in Ribera, where 18-year-old Joaquin Sanchez shot and killed 17-year-old Joshua Vigil during a party at Sanchez’s home. We first wish to offer our deepest condolences to Vigil’s family. No family should ever have to experience anything like that. We would also wish to offer our condolences to everyone in attendance at the party that were forced to witness such an awful thing. They will carry that burden with them forever, unfairly. This is not a situation any community is ever prepared for. We need to be there for the families, those present and the entire West Las Vegas community right now, and help them get through this terrible time however we can. We are so glad West Las Vegas is offering grief counseling to its students this week, and we hope people take advantage of it however they need. We need to remind them that right now, it’s okay to not be okay. Parents, please use this tragedy to teach your children about the importance of gun safety and avoiding underage drinking, especially with no adults present, as appears to be the case here. If we all send consistent messages to the youth in this community, perhaps a future tragedy can be avoided. We have so many questions surrounding the circumstances and details of what happened that night, but now is not the time for that. We hope everyone involved is able to heal as they mourn the loss of Joshua Vigil. He had a bright future ahead of him and was taken from this world entirely too soon. 



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The City of Las Vegas has taken multiple steps over the past few days to improve the look and feel of the community that should be applauded. First, they finally took the necessary steps to demolish the abandoned gas station across the street from the police station near Plaza Park. The abandoned building has been a true eyesore for the community for decades, with nothing able to be salvaged. The property’s next life, hopefully as a public parking area for the community, will be extremely beneficial. We look forward to seeing the space providing a good use to the community’s residents instead of an abandoned building that has needed to be torn down for years. Second, the city opened its new synthetic ice rink on New Year’s Eve, providing a fun, family-friendly activity for local residents to enjoy. While the location, in the parking lot across from Charlie’s and Dick’s, isn’t ideal, the rink has proven to be a hit in the few days it has been open. We look forward to seeing more residents try it out into mid-February.

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