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  • Weather - July 29, 2013

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Wednesday

  • Mora Fiestas
  • Coca is All-American in 3,000

    Moises Coca of Las Vegas is back in his hometown after placing in two distance runs in this past week’s USATF Junior Olympic national outdoor track and field competition held in Greensboro, N.C.

    Coca, who’ll be a junior this fall at West Las Vegas High, represented the Meadow City Track Club.

    Notably, Coca ran 12th overall in the boys’ 3,000-meter run (age 15-16) with a time of 9:30.86 in the finals Thursday morning, July 25. There were 46 runners in the finals.

  • Massive embezzlement found

    A former employee of Rogers Mortuary has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the company in a massive embezzlement scheme that went undetected for years, court documents reveal.

    Molly Martinez, 62, who according to court documents resides in an apartment complex on the 2500 block of Carmean, has been charged with 31 counts of embezzlement over $2,5000, all third-degree felonies; 30 counts of embezzlement over $500, all fourth-degree felonies, and a single count of fraud over $20,000, a second-degree felony. She has pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.

  • Senior profile - Grover and Carol Durham

    For the Optic

    Since moving to Las Vegas, on a “toss of the coin” decision in August of 2001, Grover and Carol Durham have settled into their comfortable, refurbished home.

    Originally, the structure had been one of the officers’ mess halls, built for troops stationed at Camp Luna during WWII, but one would never have guessed it by the looks of it now.

  • Luna chair says he can’t be ousted

    You voted for him, you’re stuck with him.

    That was the message Luna Community College attorney Tony Ortiz gave to members of the board of trustees pushing to remove Chairman Abelino Montoya from his board leadership post, and that legal advice sparked more bickering between Montoya and board members Ernie Chavez and Dan Romero.

    But this time the bickering played out in front of the state’s higher education cabinet secretary and representatives of the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority, Luna’s insurer.

  • Child injured in hit-and-run

    Las Vegas police continue to investigate a hit-and-run that occurred at 7 p.m. last Friday that resulted in an 8-year-old boy being transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital with head and leg injures.

  • 147 signatures reinstated on recall petition

    City Clerk Casandra Fresquez  informed the governing body on Monday that she has reinstated 147 signatures on the petition to recall Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, but even with those additional signatures, there weren’t enough valid signatures to force a recall election.

  • Night visitor
  • In Brief - News - June 21, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Murder victim has ties to Vegas
    ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say one of two men found fatally shot at an Albuquerque home apparently shot himself after calling 911 to say he’d just shot the other man.
    Responding officers found both men dead, each with a gunshot wound to the head.
    Police say Henry Aragon, 58,  called 911 late Monday. He said he’d shot 38-year-old Antonio Trujillo, who also lived at the home. Aragon was heard yelling at Trujillo not to die.