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  • Weather - June 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • Corrections - News - June 25, 2012

    An Optic “thumb” in the weekend edition identified the owner of property at Eighth Street and Highland Drive, where three box trailers had been placed, to be Carlos Gallegos. That is incorrect. Gallegos said he owns property nearby but not the land where the trailers were parked.

  • City workers off the hook

    The two city of Las Vegas employees suspended last year following a fatal trench collapse returned to work this week, and city officials say they will not be disciplined over the deaths.

    “This was a sad and unfortunate accident, and it does no good to penalize anybody further in light of all the suffering that everybody has endured,” City Attorney Dave Romero told the Optic on Wednesday.

  • McNellis-Martinez gets 2-year contract

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez wasn’t happy last month when the board voted to give her a one-year contract, so she submitted a counterproposal.

    On Tuesday, the board responded by approving a two-year contract for her, ensuring that she will be at the district’s helm through the 2013-14 school year.

    The board had been negotiating contract terms with McNellis Martinez for several weeks before Tuesday’s vote.

  • East moving to 4-day school week

    Students at Las Vegas City Schools will have three-day weekends next school year after the  board voted 3-2  on Tuesday to approve Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s proposal for a four-day school week.

    Board members Gabriel Lucero and Ernesto Salazar voted against the proposal while Elaine Luna and Gloria Lovato Pacheco voted in favor. Board President Felix Alderete broke the tie in favor of the four-day week.

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  • Plaza Hotel officially in receivership

    An Albuquerque company has been appointed to take over management of the Plaza Hotel, to safeguard its assets and to prepare it for sale as foreclosure proceedings get under way in District Court.

    State District Judge Abigail Aragon signed two court orders last week. The first one appoints Pacific Pearl Hotel Management-Las Vegas, LLC as receiver of the hotel. She also signed a restraining order requiring the owners of the hotel to turn over the property and all its assets to the receiver and prohibiting them from interfering with the receiver in any way.

  • In Brief - Local News - June 22, 2012

    Autopsy results being awaited
    The autopsy performed on 50-year-old Victor Jaramillo determined that he didn't die of an injury, so investigators are now waiting for a toxicology report, state police Lt. Robert McDonald said.

    Jaramillo was found dead on June 13 at his mother's apartment on Eighth and Mills. Although he died inside city limits, Las Vegas police handed the case over to state police to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

  • Looking Back - News - June 22, 2012

    In 1912

    Wednesday, June 18 — Jack Curley, the promoter of the Johnson-Flynn heavyweight bout is growing tired of knocks. He may move the battle to Ciudad Juarez. Curley, the big promoter, weary of being harassed by newspaper articles inspired by jealousy and the desire to”get even” may accept the offer of staging the fight in El Paso.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 22, 2012

    Fort Union hosting event this weekend

    Cultural Encounters, an annual free event, will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. this Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. this Sunday at Fort  Union National Monument in Watrous. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit nps.gov/foun