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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: