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  • Climate Change Summit returns

    The second annual Climate Change Awareness Summit at Highlands University on Saturday, April 28 aims to raise awareness about slowing climate change and spark activism for environmental issues.

    The day of free public events is a community collaboration that includes a Gallinas River cleanup, climate change awareness march, guest speakers, Highlands faculty and student research, hands-on learning for children, community resource tables, food, music and more.

  • One assistant DA no longer on Charles Trujillo case

    The latest development in the case of former school superintendent Charles Trujillo doesn’t directly involve him. In fact, it doesn’t even involve the Fourth District Attorney’s lead prosecutor in the case.

  • Former city attorney, manager suing city

    Two former City of Las Vegas employees are suing the city for damages in Fourth District Court after they were dismissed suddenly in 2016, shortly after Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron took office — two days before their contracts were due to expire.

  • A hopeful partnership

    By Andrew Gold
    Special to the Optic

    In the midst of the ongoing chaos and violence in Israel and Palestine, it is easy to despair about the intransigence of leaders and the seeming complexity of this endless situation. However, some hope might be found with children.

    Six K-12 schools, called “Hand in Hand,” first established in 1998, and now collectively with more than 1,500 students and waiting lists for enrollment, have been laying a groundwork for a shared society with Palestinians and Jews in Israel.  

  • Council run-off election set for Tuesday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Tuesday is City Council Runoff Election Day in the City of Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas residents in City Council Ward 1 will pick from finalists David Ulibarri, the incumbent, and Oliver L’Esperance, while Ward 4 will choose a new councilor from David G. Romero and Carla Benavidez.

    Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasiums of both Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools. Voters from both wards can vote at either location.

  • Drug testing for all WLV staff proposed

    Teachers, staff and athletes would all be subject to drug testing by West Las Vegas Schools under proposals discussed by the WLV Board of Education during Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting.

    Board member Ambrosio Castellano, who asked in March that the topic be added to the April agenda, asserted that working in the schools means individuals are functioning in safety-sensitive positions.
    He said he attended a National School Board Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where an insurance provider presented an opioid forum on the epidemic among teachers.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 13, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 5 and April 13, 2018:

  • Man, accused of firing gun at victim, said it was ‘firewworks’

    Benny Ortiz Jr., 39, of Las Vegas, was arrested on March 30 after police say he fired a handgun at another man at a residence.

    Reports state Las Vegas Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of New Mexico Avenue about 6:42 p.m. They made contact with a woman who told them a man identified as Ortiz had a firearm and was in her backyard.

  • Students receive recognition for outstanding leadership

    By Margaret McKinney
    N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University students received recognition for their outstanding leadership in and out of the classroom and other contributions to the university at the 20th Annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet April 4.

    The Office of Campus Life, directed by Margaret Gonzales, organizes the event each year.

  • City firefighters address audit findings publicly

    Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council work session didn't have much planned for discussion.

    It was an unscheduled contribution, during the public input period, that attempted to provide clarity on concerns raised during a recently released special audit.