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  • City: Give us your water

    The Las Vegas City Schools doesn’t appear as open as West Las Vegas to giving some of its water rights to the city of Las Vegas.


    City officials have made presentations to both school boards, with the most recent one being on the east side.


    Utilities Director Ken Garcia asked the City Schools board to donate four acre-feet of the 24 acre-feet it owns to the city as a goodwill gesture. He proposed the same deal Mayor Alfonso Ortiz pitched to the West board a few weeks ago.

  • Ex-regent to run for East board; West member seeks re-election

    Two candidates have announced their intentions to run for local school boards in recent days.


    Ricky Serna, a former Highlands University student regent, plans to run for the Las Vegas City Schools Board, while Kenny Lujan, a West Las Vegas board member, has announced his re-election bid.


    Serna, who now works for the state Higher Education Department, said his experience in the education field will help him as a board member.

  • East superintendent quits

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, resigned from his post Wednesday after a seven-day suspension.


    After about 45 minutes behind closed doors to discuss and review Romero’s contract, the school board returned with a brief and terse statement.


    Romero didn’t show up for the board meeting, but he was reportedly at work Wednesday.

  • Is local EDC alive and well?

    Las Vegas’ main economic development organization is going through a rough patch, some officials say.


    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation recently lost its last employee, and a county official says the group doesn’t have the money to operate.


    But Matt Martinez, EDC’s president, said nothing is falling through the cracks. He said the EDC and the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce are working to consolidate.

  • Woman killed in accident on Plaza

    An Albuquerque woman died in a crash on the Plaza early Thursday morning, city police said.


    Police didn’t release the woman’s name before press time because they had yet to notify the 38-year-old’s next of kin.


    Interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said an officer saw the woman traveling at a high rate of speed around 2 a.m., but she was a considerable distance away. Moments later, the woman’s car was found crashed into Total Fashion, 209 Plaza, police said. The building sustained minor damage.

  • Optic’s managing editor leaving

    David Giuliani, managing editor of the Las Vegas Optic for the past six years, is taking a job in Illinois.


    Giuliani, 38, has accepted a reporter’s position at the Sauk Valley News, a family-owned newspaper company in northern Illinois. He will be based in Sterling and cover two county governments and numerous municipalities in the area.


    His last day at the Optic is Dec. 23. He plans to start his new job Jan. 3.

  • East settles with ex-student

    The former Robertson High School student who alleges a former teacher had sex with her repeatedly got $375,000 in a settlement with the school district, an official said Monday.  


    The settlement was reached July 27.


    The information on the settlement came from Greg Ramirez, a private contractor for the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority, which handles claims for school districts.


    The $375,000 check was made payable to the alleged victim and her attorney, Merit Bennett, Ramirez said.

  • Highlands steps up recycling

    By Margaret McKinney, Highlands University

    Highlands University has stepped up its on-campus recycling with a new recycling dropoff center that opened Oct. 27 and a recycling sorting station at the center that was completed Nov. 17.


    The recycling drop-off center is also open to the public to bring aluminum, mixed paper, cardboard, plastic and glass to recycle. The center is at Ninth and Raynolds, west of the university’s Wilson Complex and behind the tennis courts parking lot. It’s open 24-7.

  • Hospital union: Long road ahead

    By David Giuliani
    Las Vegas Optic
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has yet to negotiate with a union voted in three years ago.


    And union officials say it could be years before talks begin.


    That assessment comes a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled invalid many of the decisions by the National Labor Relations Board in the last years of the Bush administration. That’s because the then-two-member board lacked a quorum, the court ruled.

  • District says it no longer has flash drive

    The Las Vegas City School district no longer has the computer device that contained materials that led to the suspension of the superintendent, an attorney says.


    Ramon Vigil, the school district’s attorney, said an employee opened a flash drive provided by Superintendent Rick Romero and found files with labels considered offensive. That employee didn’t open the files, but reported of their existence, Vigil said.


    Vigil said Romero admitted that he had inadvertently brought the flash drive to the district’s central office.