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  • Optic’s managing editor leaving

    David Giuliani, managing editor of the Las Vegas Optic for the past six years, is taking a job in Illinois.


    Giuliani, 38, has accepted a reporter’s position at the Sauk Valley News, a family-owned newspaper company in northern Illinois. He will be based in Sterling and cover two county governments and numerous municipalities in the area.


    His last day at the Optic is Dec. 23. He plans to start his new job Jan. 3.

  • East settles with ex-student

    The former Robertson High School student who alleges a former teacher had sex with her repeatedly got $375,000 in a settlement with the school district, an official said Monday.  


    The settlement was reached July 27.


    The information on the settlement came from Greg Ramirez, a private contractor for the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority, which handles claims for school districts.


    The $375,000 check was made payable to the alleged victim and her attorney, Merit Bennett, Ramirez said.

  • Highlands steps up recycling

    By Margaret McKinney, Highlands University

    Highlands University has stepped up its on-campus recycling with a new recycling dropoff center that opened Oct. 27 and a recycling sorting station at the center that was completed Nov. 17.


    The recycling drop-off center is also open to the public to bring aluminum, mixed paper, cardboard, plastic and glass to recycle. The center is at Ninth and Raynolds, west of the university’s Wilson Complex and behind the tennis courts parking lot. It’s open 24-7.

  • Hospital union: Long road ahead

    By David Giuliani
    Las Vegas Optic
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has yet to negotiate with a union voted in three years ago.


    And union officials say it could be years before talks begin.


    That assessment comes a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled invalid many of the decisions by the National Labor Relations Board in the last years of the Bush administration. That’s because the then-two-member board lacked a quorum, the court ruled.

  • District says it no longer has flash drive

    The Las Vegas City School district no longer has the computer device that contained materials that led to the suspension of the superintendent, an attorney says.


    Ramon Vigil, the school district’s attorney, said an employee opened a flash drive provided by Superintendent Rick Romero and found files with labels considered offensive. That employee didn’t open the files, but reported of their existence, Vigil said.


    Vigil said Romero admitted that he had inadvertently brought the flash drive to the district’s central office.

  • State police make DWI arrests

    The state police have arrested one man after he crashed into a house while drunk and two others with driving under the influence of marijuana, according to court records.  


    Dennis G. Chiodini Jr., 37, of Las Vegas was charged with DWI, reckless driving and criminal damage to property.


    On Oct. 28, a state police officer went to a house off of U.S. Highway 84 in San Miguel County because of a report that Chiodini was hitting his father.

  • Ex-Mayor Tony Marquez dies

    Former Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez, the city’s youngest mayor in recent times, died Friday after battling a rare form of cancer for the last couple of months. He was 43.


    Marquez served as mayor for one two-year term, leaving office in early March. Before that, he served as a city councilman from the eastside Ward 3 for more than a dozen years.


    Last week, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz had planned to go on the radio on Monday to proclaim Wednesday as Tony Marquez Day in Las Vegas. He said Saturday that he would still do so.

  • Mora officials wanted sheriff to quit other job

    The Mora County Commission quietly took a stand against Sheriff Roy Cordova’s moonlighting earlier this month.


    The commission had its attorney, John Grubesic, write a letter to the sheriff, who took a job in September as a sheriff’s deputy in Valencia County, which is 2 1/2 hours away from Mora.


    Grubesic said the commission instructed Cordova to resign his Valencia County job.

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  • Man gets his 10th DWI, police say

    A Las Vegas man has been arrested for his 10th DWI offense, state police said.


    John Coca, 48, 2223 New Mexico Ave., was charged with aggravated DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, speeding and not driving within a single lane.