Local News

  • Romero says he was attacked

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with attacking a Las Vegas City Schools board member after the suspect wrecked his car in front of the official’s house.

    Mario Ramirez, 29, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated driving while intoxicated, Las Vegas police said. A passenger, Leroy Valdez, 23, was charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

  • LV man accused of raping woman

    A 33-year-old Las Vegas man is accused of raping a woman and later threatening her by saying he could have her fired from her job.

    The man, who lives on San Miguel Street, was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, robbery and intimidation of a witness.

    According to a criminal complaint, the alleged victim on March 31 had just gotten off from work and went to sleep when the suspect woke her up. He asked her to go for a ride, but she protested at first, saying she was tired.

  • West gets new activity bus

    West Las Vegas High School and Middle School students will be traveling in comfort and style as they hit the road in their new activity bus.

    Bus driver Ronnie Lopez picked up the new ride in Albuquerque Friday and has already ferried students on a field trip and to a Lady Dons softball game.

    “It drives like a Cadillac, really quiet and smooth,” Lopez said.

    He said the 46-passenger bus comes with plush bucket seats and climate-controlled air and heat that adjusts to the desired temperature with a touch of a button.

  • City eyes offer to lease wells at ranch

    Representatives of a rancher who wants to lease his wells to the city made their case to the City Council last week.

    City officials said this was just a general overview of the proposal and for information only. Mayor Tony Marquez added that the governing body takes the water situation seriously and that there would be a special council meeting to address those concerns at a yet-to-be-determined date.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said, “Tonight’s presentation is probably going to set the background for the kind of meeting the mayor is talking about.”

  • School links solar panel to grid

    Fifth-graders from around the East Las Vegas school district were introduced to a green world taking shape at Memorial Middle School during a flipping-the-switch ceremony that connected a solar panel at the school to the Public Service Company of New Mexico grid.

    Shirley Marlow, 4-H science, technology, engineering and math specialist, said the school was one of five in he state chosen by the state Department of Energy and Minerals to receive the solar panel that produces 634 watts of electricity a day, powering the greenhouse on the middle school campus.

  • Luna starts new certificate programs

    Luna Community College is launching four new certificate programs in an attempt to provide students with more opportunities, officials said.

    None of the programs would require more staff, they said.

    Recently, Luna’s Board of Trustees approved certificates in manicures and pedicures; math, science and engineering technology; and political science. They also agreed to add a concentration in the school’s criminal justice certificate program.

  • Biodiesel adventurers in Vegas

    Three Japanese travelers stopped in Las Vegas on their way to Santa Fe and beyond last week.

    The three, Satori Murata, Tatsuya Ito and Shusei Yamada, are traveling around the world in a Toyota Landcruiser powered by used vegetable oil and are chronicling their journey on a Website, www.biodieseladventure.com.

    Their journey launched in Japan last December. They have since traveled through Canada and the western United States. The three plan on traveling through Texas and New Orleans before continuing to western Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and back to Japan.

  • Council members chide Optic

    During the Councilor’s Reports section of a special city council meeting Wednesday several members took the Optic to task on what they say were inaccurate statements by the newspaper.

    Councilman Cruz Roybal said that the Optic reported that he has been critical of Mayor Tony Marquez, but he said that was not the case.

  • Modular project to start soon, church says

    Residents north of Las Vegas have complained since 2006 about a number of modulars that a church placed on its property, a problem a member says will be taken care of soon.

    Seventh-Day Adventist Church member Nancy Kanode said the church would use the remaining nine modulars as part of its new building at its property on Hot Springs Boulevard, across the way from Luna Community College. The church will start laying the foundation in April or May, she said.

    Kanode said the project has been delayed because of the amount of state requirements for construction.

  • Once a shy guy

    Before getting involved in politics, Mayor Tony Marquez says he was a shy and private person.

    “I was extremely quiet, the guy who didn’t want to speak before the class, partly because of my speech, but sometimes you’ve just got to roll up your sleeves and get done what needs to be done,” Marquez said.

    Marquez said he recognized as a kid that he was different from others but embraced his differences.

    “People also used to talk about my eyes being blue,” he said with a grin.