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  • Store owner sentenced to 10 years

    The Las Vegas businessman indicted last April on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    Alex Lawrence Romero, 31, of the 500 block of Hermosa Lane, received the minimum sentence that could have been imposed. He was sentenced Thursday in Albuquerque by U.S. District Judge Judith C. Herrera.

  • Peace Corps’ 50th

    Second in a two-part series

    A few days after he took office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked his brother-in-law Sargent Shriver to direct a Peace Corps task force.

    Today, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Peace Corps is recognized worldwide for its good works and peaceful intentions. More than 2,000 New Mexico residents have been part of its success.

  • State police make DWI arrests

    State police arrested two repeat DWI offenders Friday and another on Feb. 11, court documents state. All three suspects have Las Vegas addresses.

    David Maes, 50, 2701 Seventh St., was arrested for driving under the influence, his fifth offense. He also was charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer, improper display of registration and not having insurance.

  • Highlands board gets two new regents

    Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed two new members to the Highlands University Board of Regents.

    Albuquerque resident Frank Marchi and Highlands undergraduate Caitlin Syner will now go before the state Senate for confirmation. They will begin serving on the board once they are confirmed, a Martinez spokesman said.

    Marchi graduated from Highlands in 1967 with a degree in business. He is a founding member of the university's alumni association and is a member of the foundation board, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office.

  • Murder suspect caught again

    A man accused of killing his brother a year ago was apprehended Thursday afternoon by Las Vegas police officers — this time for outstanding failure-to-appear warrants.

    Joseph Maestas, 43, was caught after officers saw him outside Trujillo’s Liquor on Grand Avenue. He was arrested inside the store on two bench warrants for failure to appear in district court for first-degree murder and in municipal court for a traffic citation.

  • Managing editor named

    A Las Vegas native has returned to the Las Vegas Optic as the newspaper’s new managing editor.

    Martín Salazar, a reporter at the Optic from 2000 to 2003, succeeds David Giuliani, who moved to Illinois in December.

    Salazar, 36, has 15 years of newspaper experience under his belt. Since 2004, he has worked for the Albuquerque Journal, where he went from regional reporter covering northern New Mexico, tobeat reporter covering the University of New Mexico, to assistant city editor responsible for the Journal’s Sunday and Monday editions.

  • Peace Corps’ 50th

    First in a two-part series.

    Sen. John F. Kennedy first announced the idea of the Peace Corps while campaigning for the presidency in 1960. He asked Americans if they were ready to serve their country by working in developing countries in the cause of peace.

    When he became president he made it happen.

  • Rep. Lujan, Cargo visit Mora together

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and former Gov. David Cargo visited Mora on Wednesday to bring Congress to the people.

    After a meal served by the Senior Citizens Center staff, Mora County Commissioner John Olivas introduced Cargo, outlining how much the former governor has done for the Mora area — both in and out of office.

    Cargo spoke about the David Cargo Library, which he established years ago. He said that he is committed to raising more money for the library as well as the Mora Complex. He then introduced Lujan.

  • Bargaining rights defended

    Las Vegans of all ages joined a swelling number of protesters nationwide who say union busting is not acceptable — not in Wisconsin or anywhere else.

    Local activists said they stand with teachers, firefighters, police officers and government workers of all stripes. State budgets should not be balanced on the backs of public employees, they say, while the richest corporations continue to get tax breaks.

  • Senior Profile: Harry Anderson and Meta Levister

    They bring strong perspectives developed during a lifetime of experiences from coast to coast. Meta Levister and Harry Anderson, instructors in the Department of Business and Professional Studies at Luna Community College, impart their knowledge to students, emphasizing a “can do” attitude.