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  • Staffing changes at East

    In just a few weeks Las Vegas City Schools students will return to school. Upon their return, they will notice several administrative changes that took effect recently.

    Former Paul D. Henry Elementary principal Anthony Marquez will return to the school district after a year hiatus. In 2013, Marquez was given his walking papers by former superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, but he has since been rehired.

    Marquez will now serve as principal at Legion Park Elementary and Paul D. Henry Elementary.

  • Motorcycles galore
  • Woman gets 5 years in homicide

    A 43-year-old Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting her boyfriend to death in 2013.

    Kristina Lopez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, and to negligent use of a deadly weapon, a petty misdemeanor, in June and was sentenced earlier this month.

    She had initially been facing a charge of second-degree murder, but that charge was dropped down to voluntary manslaughter as part of the plea agreement.

  • Event to spotlight city consolidation

    Submitted to the Optic

    People have existed on a short stretch of the banks of the Gallinas River since time immemorial, as archaeological studies reveal. Recorded history is documented by members of succeeding nations; Spanish, Mexican, United States of America. Beginning in 1821, with Independence from Spain, Mexican authority eventually established a community land grant in 1835. This northern Mexican, Spanish-speaking community, flourished as a commercial outpost located west of the River.

  • Looking Back - July 27, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, July 27 — The 12 officers in the Las Vegas State Police District No.2 issued 4,957 traffic citations in 1964 and traveled a total of 438,588 miles. Of the traffic citations issued, 4,851 were processed in the courts. There were 52 accidents resulting in injury to people; 109 accidents with no injuries due to traffic violations; 88 accidents with no injuries and no traffic violations and 11 fatal accidents in which 14 people were killed.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 27, 2015

    Benefit Concert this Tuesday
    Ronstadt Generations will be doing a benefit concert for the Tri-County Farmers Market from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 at the Travelers Cafe. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. For more information, contact Jennifer at 575 937-5339.

  • Weather - July 27, 2015

    Monday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Tuesday

  • DEA joining blast probe

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is joining an investigation into an explosion and fire at a Santa Fe medical marijuana dispensary that injured two people, police said Friday.

    The DEA is looking “into the process” that started the fire, Santa Fe Police Lt. Andrea Dobyns told The Associated Press. DEA agents have seized evidence and are examining the site, Dobyns said.

  • In Brief - News - July 27, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Gov defends tax & rev chief

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says she has total faith in state Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla about allegations of wrongdoing by Padilla until evidence reveals that she shouldn’t.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Padilla, who has served as tax secretary since 2011, is accused of trying to pressure employees to give preferential treatment to her former client in a tax audit.

  • Luna offers ‘Huero’ top job

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to terminate its search for a new president and to give the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez who has been the school’s interim president for three weeks.

    Sanchez and some board members are now in negotiations over a contract. Board Chairman Daniel Romero said the contract would be taken to the full board for approval.

    Sanchez said that if he accepts the board’s offer he wants a commitment.