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  • West still dealing with heating issues

    Heating problems continue to plague the West Las Vegas School district.

    During a recent Dons basketball match against the Española Valley Sundevils at Gillie Lopez gym, fans and players bundled up as the heating unit for the complex malfunctioned, leaving the facility without any heat during freezing temperatures.

    On Thursday, board member Christine Ludi didn’t hold back, criticizing district officials for failing to have a backup system to address these issues. Heating issues have wreaked havoc for the west side school district for years.

  • Arrest warrant issued for HU official

    Las Vegas police filed documents in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday charging New Mexico Highlands University Associate Athletic Director Gavino Archuleta with several crimes stemming from the Nov. 17 incident in which he allegedly grabbed another athletics department employee’s genitals.

    The criminal complaint charges Archuleta, 29, with criminal sexual contact and false imprisonment, both fourth-degree felonies and with three petty misdemeanor counts of battery.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 19, 2012

    Story time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Santa’s New Jet” by David Diedrzycki. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2012

    Wednesday
    Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 25 by 5 p.m. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, becoming north 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming west in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday

  • Correction - Dec. 19, 2012

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that the Pecos League, which is looking to bring a baseball team to Las Vegas, is a semi-pro league. In fact, league commissioner Andrew Dunn said it is a professional baseball league.

  • Kids present during shooting

    Two children were inside the Calle Contenta residence when a woman was shot in the face last week, and one of them was lying in a bassinet directly behind the woman who was shot, recently filed court documents reveal.

    That has the 23-year-old Las Vegas man who told police the gun went off accidentally while he was playing with it in hot water.

  • At least 3 plan to seek re-election

    On Tuesday, anyone interested in running for seats on area school boards will have a chance.

    School districts across the state will hold elections on Feb. 5. Besides electing school board members, voters will also get their say on bond and mill levy questions.

  • Oops - Cause of trailer mishap unknown

    A city of Las Vegas trailer being used to haul heavy equipment back to City Hall flipped over at the intersection of Grand Avenue and National on Thursday, forcing authorities to shut down a portion of Grand Avenue for more than four hours.

    The accident happened at about 4 p.m.

    City Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz said no one was injured in the incident. He said the cause is still unknown, and police are still investigating it.

  • Massacre sparks soul-searching

    By Jim Fitzgerald and John Christoffersen
    The Associated Press

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.