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  • A Salazar TRIUMPH

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Incumbent Ernesto Salazar and political newcomer Luis Ortiz pulled off victories in Tuesday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board races, marking a potential power shift on the district’s governing body.

    Salazar, 42, trounced opponent Sean Medrano, taking 61 percent of the vote to Medrano’s 39 percent in the hard-fought battle for the Position 1 race. Salazar won a four-year term.

  • Jury in Mathews trial fails to reach verdict

    A two-day jury trial for the area businessman accused of striking his business rival in the head with a two-by-four ended Friday with no verdict.

    Jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to convict or acquit Oren Mathews of aggravated battery, the third-degree felony he is charged with. The jury could have opted to convict on a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery but failed to reach a consensus.

    It’s now up to District Attorney Richard Flores to decide whether to retry or drop the case against Mathews, 48.

  • Center is ‘A gift to the community’

    Fifteen years later, the project has been completed. A large crowd gathered at the Old Town Mission on Monday afternoon to celebrate the completed renovation of the historic building now used by the Rio Gallinas School.

    Constructed in the 1870s, the landmark has wood floors and its walls were constructed with roughly 15,000 adobe bricks. The mission got a complete renovation with most of the work done by volunteers, along with the help of United World College-USA students.

  • In Brief - Local - Feb. 6, 2013

    Police probe
    armed robbery

    Las Vegas police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Payless Shoe Source last week.
    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said two to three males went into the store, located on Mills Avenue, between 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursday and demanded money. The men brandished what appeared to be a firearm.
    The robbers got away with a small amount of cash, Montaño said. No one was injured.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 6, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Feb. 6 — Las Vegas has been asked to have representatives at a meeting to Santa Fe on Feb. 14 to encourage immediate legislation against the bypassing of communities by the major highways in the state. Las Vegas and numerous other communities throughout the state have been concerned over the proposed bypassing of their town. Santa Rosa is attempting to get all of the concerned communities together with their State Senators to come up with the best solution to the bypass threat.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 6, 2013

    Today is 17th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day
    Kiwanis annual panckake fundraiser is being held today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hillcrest Restaurant Flamingo Room. Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 per kid 10 and younger. Proceeds are used to support local youth programs.

  • Weather - Feb. 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:56 a.m. to 5:34 p.m.

  • Breaking: Salazar, Ortiz take East board seats

    The results of the Las Vegas City Schools Board races are in, and Ernesto Salazar has been re-elected for the Position 1 board seat.

    In the Position 5 race, Highlands professor Luis Ortiz prevailed, besting candidates Alexis Mamaux and Carlos Perea.

    Voters also approved bonds for both the East and West districts as well as West's 2-mill levy.

    Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic for complete coverage of area school board elections.

  • School chiefs push for bonds

    Three area superintendents all agree on one thing: Tuesday’s elections are all important for each district.

    Mora Schools interim Superintendent Tom Sullivan, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez and West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson all said they are in full support of each district’s General Obligation Bonds and/or Mill Levy elections.
    Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • Lessons Learned - Veteran board member moving on

    Elaine Luna’s near decade-  long tenure on the Las Vegas City Schools Board is drawing to a close.  

    “It has been an excellent time,” a soft-spoken Luna said during a recent interview. “I’ve served with about eight board members throughout this time. It has been great to absorb the knowledge that they have and the passion they all had. I hope my constituents feel that my time has been well spent, that I’ve taken care of things.”