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  • A bike lover’s paradise
  • Higher ed secretary worried

    State Higher Education Secretary José Garcia says New Mexico’s higher education system is failing its citizens and he urged officials at Luna Community College to work together to turn things around.

  • City awards road, propane contracts

    The City Council moved forward last week with awarding a road improvement project to Franken Construction and to select Ferrellgas as the company that will provide propane to the city for the next year.

    Both projects became somewhat controversial after critics of the city administration voiced concerns about conflicts of interest, noting that Councilman Vince Howell works for the Franken family and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr.’s son works for Ferrellgas.

  • Looking Back - July 29, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, July 29 — Playing before one of the largest crowds seen here in a long time, the West Las Vegas Little League Mothers team bested the mothers of East Las Vegas, 7-6 at the Robertson High School field Sunday. The real action came in the top of the sixth, with four straight singles by Sue Melton, Merle Malcheski, Ann Maloney and Lucille Arguello to score three runs.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 29, 2013

    Las Vegas Children’s Chorus
    The Las Vegas Children’s Chorus meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Old Mission Church on Chavez and Socorro Streets. Learn music and sing songs from many cultures. Call 505-699-6624. Coordinated by United World College with UWC faculty member Kevin Zoernig.

  • Weather - July 29, 2013

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Wednesday

  • Mora Fiestas
  • Coca is All-American in 3,000

    Moises Coca of Las Vegas is back in his hometown after placing in two distance runs in this past week’s USATF Junior Olympic national outdoor track and field competition held in Greensboro, N.C.

    Coca, who’ll be a junior this fall at West Las Vegas High, represented the Meadow City Track Club.

    Notably, Coca ran 12th overall in the boys’ 3,000-meter run (age 15-16) with a time of 9:30.86 in the finals Thursday morning, July 25. There were 46 runners in the finals.

  • Massive embezzlement found

    A former employee of Rogers Mortuary has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the company in a massive embezzlement scheme that went undetected for years, court documents reveal.

    Molly Martinez, 62, who according to court documents resides in an apartment complex on the 2500 block of Carmean, has been charged with 31 counts of embezzlement over $2,5000, all third-degree felonies; 30 counts of embezzlement over $500, all fourth-degree felonies, and a single count of fraud over $20,000, a second-degree felony. She has pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.

  • Senior profile - Grover and Carol Durham

    For the Optic

    Since moving to Las Vegas, on a “toss of the coin” decision in August of 2001, Grover and Carol Durham have settled into their comfortable, refurbished home.

    Originally, the structure had been one of the officers’ mess halls, built for troops stationed at Camp Luna during WWII, but one would never have guessed it by the looks of it now.