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Local News

  • Looking Ahead

    Glimpses of the Past presentation Thursday

    Fort Union National Monument will have its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation titled “Rancho de las Golondrinas: An Intimate History” at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 425-8025.

  • Weather - May 18, 2011

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday

  • FYI

    The Las Vegas City Schools board was expected to select the district’s next superintendent on Tuesday. Four finalists remained: Sheri Williams, Eric Martinez, Marc Space and Jim Reed.

    The Optic will have breaking news coverage of the selection on our website, lasvegasoptic.com. Pick up a copy of Friday’s paper for complete coverage.

  • Rewarding Reading
  • City Schools bracing for cuts

    The Las Vegas City Schools district is anticipating a budget cut of more than $1 million for the upcoming school year.

    The anticipated budget reduction is the result of state cuts to K-12 education, federal stimulus funding going away and a drop in special education students, school officials said during Thursday evening’s board work session.

    The school district’s current year operating budget $15.1 million. When grants and all other funding is added in, the district’s total budget for the current year is nearly $27 million.

  • Valdez visits Las Vegas
  • I made it!

    He has protected presidents and a former pope, met Nelson Mandela and other world leaders and traveled the world.

    “If a small town kid like me with a couple of degrees from Highlands University can stand with the president of the United States of America and work in the White House keeping this country safe, anything is possible,” said Hector Hernandez, an El Paso, Texas, native and 19-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service.

  • Vegas man pleads guilty to robbery

    A Las Vegas man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Fe, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, entered his guilty plea in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday. He has been in federal custody since he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Fe Police Department in February.

    A sentencing date has yet to be set.

  • Fugitive captured in Mora County

    A man described by authorities as Colorado’s third-most-wanted fugitive was captured last week in Mora County where he was living with his pregnant girlfriend.

    Craig Anthony Rodriguez, 30, is jailed at the San Miguel County Detention Center and is awaiting extradition back to Colorado, Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza said in an e-mail late Thursday.

    Rodriguez was wanted on five felony warrants charging him with two counts of escape, and one count each of dangerous drugs, domestic violence and parole violations.

  • State judge indicted

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — State District Court Judge Michael T. Murphy of Las Cruces has been indicted on bribery charges, authorities said.

    The Ninth Judicial District Attorney announced the indictment late Friday night, the Las Cruces Sun reported.

    A Dona Ana County grand jury indictment includes demanding or receiving a bribe; bribery of a public officer or employee; bribing, intimidating or retaliating against a witness; and criminal solicitation.