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  • Obstacles no match for RHS grad

    Raymundo Melendez   walked across the stage at Robertson High School on Friday morning, marking an end to a conquered challenge. Graduating from high school took lots of hard work, dedication and focus for Melendez, who has severe learning disabilities.

    Nevertheless, the 18-year-old defied the odds.

    “I have a disability in reading and math,” Melendez said during a recent interview. “I just got my report card today (Thursday) and I got an A in pre-calculus. So, I am very proud of that.”

  • Vandalism case handed to state police

    New Mexico State Police has taken over the investigation of the Robertson High School vandalism.

    The Las Vegas Police Department turned the criminal case over to state police on Thursday in an effort to avoid any appearance of impropriety, Deputy Las Vegas Chief Eugene Garcia confirmed.

    In addition, Garcia said the damage estimate has been reduced from the original estimate of between $20,000 and $40,000 to $2,000. The reduced estimate could mean that anyone charged in the vandalism  would face lesser charges.

  • Southwest Capital promotes Melton

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank has promoted Mike Melton to Regional President.

    “Everything I have done over the past 20 years has helped prepare me for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Melton, who is now completing his final year at the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado. He expects to finish in the top 10 percent of his class.

    “I consider this to be the greatest honor and privilege to serve the community I love so much as Southwest Capital Bank’s first regional president,” Melton said.

  • UWC Graduation
  • Weather - May 27, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 49. Breezy.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 81. Breezy. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46. Breezy.

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 27, 2013

    Donations to be accepted for rummage sale
    Basement Bargain Sale,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at United Methodist Church. Eighth and National. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29. They will not accept any clothes or books. All proceeds will benefit United Methodist Church.
     

  • Looking Back - May 27, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, May 28 — Jose G. Anaya, photographer’s mate airman, USN, husband of the former Miss Gloria J. Roybal, 400 Valley St., has completed basic Photographer’s Mate School at the Naval Air Technical Training Unit, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. Marine Pvt. Eugene C. Mortimer, son of Dr. and Mrs. H.M. Mortimer, completed four weeks of individual combat training with the Second Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
     

  • UPDATED: Up to $40K damage at RHS

    UPDATE: Las Vegas Police Department Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said the case has been handed over to New Mexico State Police as of late Thursday afternoon. Garcia also said the estimated amount of damage has been reduced to $2,000.

    . . .

    Las Vegas police say they have suspects in the weekend vandalism at Robertson High School, and the Las Vegas City Schools district is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprits.

  • A top Scholar - West grad heading to elite school

    Greg Medina can be found in a local coffee shop when he is not tinkering with computers. But he’ll have to put his computer tinkering on hold for a few hours on Saturday morning. Medina along with the senior class of West Las Vegas will find themselves walking across the stage on Saturday morning, marking the end of their high school years.

    For Medina, walking across that stage will open up the door to an exciting future.

    Medina, 18, will depart to Neumont University to study computer science in a few months.

  • Gov heaps praise on mayor

    During her visit to Las Vegas on Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez offered up praise of Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, calling him an effective lobbyist for the city and saying that Las Vegas is fortunate to have him.