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  • Will WLV Middle School project make Friday’s deadline?

    Even though the renovations on West Las Vegas Middle School were set to be completed this week, that date may change.

    During his report to the West Las Vegas School Board at its regular monthly meeting on April 12, Jerry Maestas, facilities manager told the Board that the contractors would be asking for additional days to finish the work 

  • S.F. Forest imposes Stage 1 restrictions

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest began implementing forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective  the morning of April 13.

    Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

    Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

  • Cash flows to Democrats in N.M. congressional races

    By Russell Contreras and Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A Latina Democrat in a closely watched race for an open congressional seat along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico is seeing a fundraising surge, Federal Election Commission filings show.

  • 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.

  • No alcohol, drug test results on autopsy of fatal wreck victim

    A report obtained from the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigation shows a 31-year-old Las Vegas man who died in a head-on collision last October shows no presence of alcohol intoxication, but shows he had a syringe in his possession and had a recent needle puncture in his arm.

    Daniel S. Lucero, of Las Vegas, died at the scene when his Nissan passenger car made head-on contact with an oncoming semi-tractor trailer in the southbound lanes of I-25 near milepost 328, near the Bernal exit, shortly before 2 a.m. the morning of Oct. 10.

  • Man arrested after being found with knife

    A man was arrested recently after a Las Vegas Police officer found the man in possession of a knife that he’d apparently used to break into a home.

    Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Seventh Street at about 11 a.m. March 3 for a burglary in progress. An officer observed Mark Ludi, 47, of Las Vegas, sitting on a wall behind a residence, according to a statement of probable cause.

  • Murder trial set for May 14

    A trial date has been set for Las Vegas man accused in a July 2016 homicide. 

    Daniel Sullivan, 28, is accused of killing Steven Marquez in a South Pacific Street apartment. He is set to stand trial before a jury beginning May 14 in San Miguel District Court, with Judge Emilio J. Chavez presiding.

  • 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.