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  • Bribery case rocks judiciary

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    The state Supreme Court on Monday suspended a judge who was indicted on bribery charges in what the governor and a prosecutor said is just the beginning of the latest investigation into pay-to-play allegations against former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration.

    The court issued an order Monday that suspends state District Judge Michael Murphy immediately without pay. The suspension remains in effect until further action by the court.

  • Local judge urged caution

    The 11-page supplemental report chronicling the investigation of Judge Michael Murphy states that a Las Vegas judge urged a colleague to think carefully about turning Murphy in, warning that she could damage her career by doing so.

    Judge Lisa Schultz told authorities that as she was grappling with how to proceed with Murphy’s request for payments to a Gov. Bill Richardson insider, she contacted Supreme Court Justice Petra Maes in 2009 and asked for advice. Maes reportedly told her that they could discuss the matter at the Judicial Conclave in Albuquerque.

  • Training Days

    It was 9:26 a.m. on a Monday morning this past July when the first 911 call came in alerting police about an active shooter inside an Albuquerque business they would later learn shot six people, killing two.

    Las Vegas police spent two weeks recently training on how to deal with an active shooter situation like the one that played out at Emcore and others that have played out at schools across the country.

    It’s training Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño hopes his officers will never have to use, but training he knows could be critical.

  • Soccer coach, wife cleared in battery case

    Battery charges filed against the Robertson High School girl’s soccer coach and his wife were dropped last month because of insufficient evidence.

    Coach Ray Parks was facing a petty misdemeanor count of battery, and his wife, Brenda Parks, was facing a misdemeanor battery charge.

    Senior trial prosecutor Donald Sears Jr. filed motions to dismiss the cases against Ray and Brenda Parks on April 15.  The pleadings state that besides having insufficient evidence to move forward with the cases, the witnesses were uncooperative.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, May 18 — Thomas McGovern and P.J. Ryan of Pueblo, Colo., were last night awarded by the city council the contract for the construction of the sewer system in the district established some time ago upon recommendation of the citizens’ sewer committee. The contract price is $20,663. Bids were opened at a special meeting of the council held yesterday afternoon. These were taken under consideration and the final decision was made at a regular session which was called to order at 8 o’clock in the evening.

  • Looking Ahead

    Glimpses of the Past presentation Thursday

    Fort Union National Monument will have its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation titled “Rancho de las Golondrinas: An Intimate History” at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 425-8025.

  • Weather - May 18, 2011

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday

  • FYI

    The Las Vegas City Schools board was expected to select the district’s next superintendent on Tuesday. Four finalists remained: Sheri Williams, Eric Martinez, Marc Space and Jim Reed.

    The Optic will have breaking news coverage of the selection on our website, lasvegasoptic.com. Pick up a copy of Friday’s paper for complete coverage.

  • Rewarding Reading
  • City Schools bracing for cuts

    The Las Vegas City Schools district is anticipating a budget cut of more than $1 million for the upcoming school year.

    The anticipated budget reduction is the result of state cuts to K-12 education, federal stimulus funding going away and a drop in special education students, school officials said during Thursday evening’s board work session.

    The school district’s current year operating budget $15.1 million. When grants and all other funding is added in, the district’s total budget for the current year is nearly $27 million.