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  • ‘A calling’

    For Christian Montaño, it’s a lot more than a job.

    “Being a police officer is a calling more than a career,” the new chief of police for Las Vegas said. “For me, going through the ranks was a calling, to be a police officer but also to become chief. … I was offered the (chief’s) job years ago, but I declined, not really for personal reasons but for the good of the department. I wasn’t ready at that time.”

  • School board election information


    LAS VEGAS CITY SCHOOLS

    Candidates

    Position 3: Felix Alderete, Sandra Madrid, Carlos Perea
    Position 4: Gloria Lovato-Pacheco, Eric Cummings, Mark A. Montoya
    Position 5: Ricky Serna, Patrick Romero (i), Stephanie Salazar

    POLLING PLACES

    PRECINCTS 2, 5, 6, 14A AND 25 – CARNEGIE LIBRARY
    PRECINCTS 4, 11, 12, 27 AND 28 – MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
    PRECINCTS 1 AND 7 – DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
    PRECINCTS 9 AND 10 – MIKE MATEO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • 17 candidates on ballots for school board

    Seventeen candidates, including four incumbents, are running for six positions in the two Las Vegas school districts — and Tuesday is decision day.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 11 precincts for this year’s school board elections in the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City school districts.

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera said last week that while absentee and early voting, which ended Friday, have been relatively slow, she’s expecting a strong turnout in both districts.

  • All for literacy

    Kids and parents who didn’t make it to the third annual Literacy Fair at the Las Vegas recreation center Saturday missed a lot of fun stuff.

    Those who did attend the the event got to put puzzles together, draw pictures, act and, of course read (and be read to). Plus, they got freebies like pencils, pens, key chains and children’s books.   

    Memorial Middle School sixth-grader Emilio Martinez and North Star third-grader Jose Ortiz liked seeing their names elaborately written in Chinese and Korean by students at the United World College booth.

  • Montaño named new PD chief

    It was a packed house at the Las Vegas City Council chambers Wednesday, with most in the audience there to see a promotion.

    Surrounded by family, friends and police officers, Christian Montaño, an 18-year veteran of the city’s police force, was named chief of police after nearly three months serving as interim chief. Following Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s recommendation, the council voted 3-0 to name him to the permanent position.

  • Senior Profile: The ‘garb,’ the ‘grab’ and the ‘brag’

    It was one of those very cold days in January, but what the weather did not offer in warmth, Ravi Parashar more than made up for.

    An instructor in economics at the United World College, Ravi resounds with students, fellow professionals and others who come in contact with him at the college and throughout the Las Vegas community.

    “One really amazing thing — the day we got here he already knew all our names. He really cares about us,” Mauri Lahti, a student from Finland, said.

  • RHS students get to the point

    A sampling of questions from Robertson High School students to candidates running for the three open seats on the district’s board of education were tough and to the point.

    Unfortunately, with nine candidates running for seats in three districts, and only an hour allotted for the student forum, including opening and closing remarks, student board member and moderator Westley Cole was able to ask only a couple of questions.

    Candidates were asked why there was a shortage of textbooks, and why teacher vacancies were going so long without being filled.

  • Baca case to stay in Las Vegas

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis denied the defense’s motion for change of venue in the manslaughter case against Richard Baca on Wednesday.

    Baca is accused of fatally shooting Benito Lemos, a local postal carrier, in late 2009.

    Baca’s defense team — attorneys Jeffery Buckles and Stacey A. Ward — contend that the media coverage provided by the Las Vegas Optic has tainted prospective jurors.

  • Businessman pleads guilty

    A Las Vegas business owner faces at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and firearms charges.

    Alex Lawrence Romero, 31, of the 500 block of Hermosa Lane,  had been accused of using his Grand Avenue business as a front to sell narcotics.

    Romero entered the plea on Jan. 14, according to a news release jointly issued by Las Vegas Police Interim Chief Christian Montaño and District Attorney Richard Flores.

  • Mentor of the Month: Building better bodies

    Never one to shy away from a big challenge, Edmund Ekeoha of Las Vegas — a prime example of what he’s hoping to accomplish — has begun a venture to improve people’s appearance, but more importantly, to improve their health.

    “Age doesn’t matter. I like to work with different people looking to getting in shape,” he said.