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  • 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.

  • Man gets 5th DWI arrest

    A Las Vegas man injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash early Monday was arrested on felony DWI and other charges.

    Peter M. Aragon, 39, of the 800 block of Washington in Las Vegas, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license, careless driving and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

  • Recycling center too successful

    Since Highlands University opened its new recycling drop-off center last November, the campus and Las Vegas community response has been so strong that the bins fill up faster than they can be emptied with existing manpower.

    Consequently, the center has new hours — from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and closed on weekends.

    Plans are to reopen two weekends a month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., once additional volunteers are on board.

  • Bank robbery suspect from Vegas

    AP and Staff Reports

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with robbing a bank in Santa Fe, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Albuquerque.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, appeared before a federal magistrate Friday, accused of robbing a Wells Fargo branch last Saturday and fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The FBI and Santa Fe police say Schlenker’s former girlfriend helped identify him and that led to his arrest Thursday.

    Schlenker remained in federal custody pending a detention hearing Tuesday.

  • Black History Talk