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  • Prominent resident beaten to death

    A prominent Las Vegas woman who previously ran New Mexico Highlands University’s public relations office was found dead in her home Monday.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said Sherry Anne Clancy appears to have been killed with a blunt object. A dead dog was also found at the Sperry Drive home where Clancy lived with a housemate.

    That housemate, Tamara Smith, 52, has been arrested in the slaying. She is charged with an open count of murder and extreme cruelty to animals.

  • Circus Act
  • Medical pot user asks for new policy

    For Robert Jones, medical marijuana is an everyday need.

    Jones has been using medical marijuana to help him deal with cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder and is one of the program’s original users. So what he’s asking of city leaders probably won’t come as a big surprise.

  • Youth job fair to be held next week

    By Oshá Bailey
    Las Vegas Optic

    Many youths trying to break into the job market have no clue where to start.

    “There are the fast- food joints and maybe some other random jobs that we are familiar with, but we really aren’t introduced to many options as young people,” said Crystal Martinez, a 19-year-old Las Vegas resident.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Thursday, Nov. 14 — County Commissioners are today seeking a court order to open five precincts. Precinct 9-A in West Pecos, 39 in Tecolotito, 31 in Puertocito, and 34 in San Isidro. At the present time only an informal count is available, and the court order is necessary in order for the canvass to record a certified count. The closely observed canvass so far has covered 48 precincts of 63 which required the count, leaving 15 precincts yet to be canvassed.

  • Looking Ahead

    Jamboree for Japan this Saturday

    A Jamboree for Japan will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas to raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims. The event is open to the public. Cost is $10 per person. For more information or for tickets call 425-7283

  • Weather

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 25-35 mph; gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 35.

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico's transportation agency head says not enough people are getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving, The Associated Press reports. Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez says it's a serious, life-threatening practice whether drivers are texting, talking on the phone, eating, reading a map, changing the radio station or talking to passengers.

  • Driver in fatal crash released

    The Wagon Mound man convicted of killing his five passengers in a 2004 drunken driving crash was released from prison this week.

    Mario Trujillo was sentenced to 36 years in prison in 2006 after he was convicted of four counts of vehicular homicide, one count of child abuse resulting in death, one count of driving while intoxicated and other charges.

  • Golden Arches makeover

    If you're prone to hankerings for Big Macs, you might want to head to your local McDonald’s and get your fix while you still can.

    Owners of the busy fast- food restaurant on Seventh Street are preparing to close the store for about four months for a rebuild project. Andres Zamora, who along with his wife, Vickie, owns the Las Vegas McDonald’s, said they hope to get the project started this month.

    Zamora said Friday that the exact date that construction will begin is still unknown.