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  • Ex-Cardinal practices with West

    A former Robertson High School football player who pleaded guilty to attacking teammates during a camp last year practiced for three days recently with the West Las Vegas football team.

    The Optic called Superintendent Jim Abreu on Monday about whether Santiago Armijo or any of the other five assault suspects had practiced with the Dons football team. At the time, Abreu said no, but he later found out that Armijo had joined the team’s unofficial morning practices two times last week and on Monday.

  • Acequias laud pact with city

    William Gonzales says he and other farmers and ranchers have been working for years to get the city to sit down and talk about sharing water on the Gallinas River.

    And, by his account, they weren’t invited to the table until last year.

    Months of negotiations have resulted in a water-sharing agreement for this year. If it works out, it may be the basis for a permanent agreement.

  • Housing project for disabled expected to begin soon

    Officials broke ground last week on a housing project for people with behavioral health issues and other disabilities.

    The $2.2 million Vista Gallinas Apartments project will create 15 new rental homes and a community center. It will be on Ridge Runner Road, behind Wal-Mart.

    It was a controversial project when it was proposed three years ago. During public meetings, a number of residents feared that the residents of the complex would be a threat to children and the elderly. Others said such worries were baseless.

  • Money won’t go from one school to other

    Money saved on the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School project won’t go to repairs at Valley School, an official says.

    A couple of weeks ago, the district’s architect, Antonio Ortega, reported that the money would go from Don Cecilio to Valley.

    But West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu said that wasn’t the case. He clarified the matter on radio station KFUN.

    Abreu said the district has found a bunch of deficiencies in the addition that the school board approved for the Valley School gymnasium and the classrooms.

  • Vegas man arrested in knife assault

    A Las Vegas man has been charged in connection with assaulting three others with a knife at a house in the 200 block of Union Street, city police said.

    Sergio Acuna, 30, 820 E. Roybal St., faces three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    According to a criminal complaint, one of the victims had gone to the Highway General Market on Grand Avenue, which is near his house in the 200 block of Union Street. When the victim was buying cigarettes, Acuna took out a pocket knife and swung it at him, cutting the victim, police said.

  • City again targeting Tilden house

    The house is an unquestionable eyesore: The mailbox is full of pens and pencils. The doorway is blocked by a piece of furniture and other junk. A heap of old fabrics and assorted items covers a portion of the yard.

    The house at 921 Tilden St. has been a problem property before, and the city is trying to deal with the issue yet again. The owner, Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey, has a penchant for collecting and storing whatever she finds around town both inside and outside her house.

  • Man accused of assaulting woman

    A Las Vegas man is accused of threatening a woman with a knife and striking her after they left a bar and went home.

    Roland Romero, 23, 1204 First St., was arrested on charges of aggravated assault of a household member and battery against a household member.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the two on Wednesday had gone to Leger’s bar, where they had a couple of drinks. They started to drive around and then got into an argument.

  • Vegas native attacked in Calif.

    Eddie and Frances Sisneros had planned to come to town last week to spend their summer in Las Vegas, as they’ve done for decades.

    But Eddie Sisneros, 79, was attacked  June 16 near his home in Richmond, Calif., in the San Francisco area. He’s in critical condition.

    The Las Vegas native was taking an afternoon walk in his neighborhood when a man reportedly approached him from behind and knocked him to the ground. The man repeatedly struck him in the head and the upper torso as he lay on the sidewalk, according to KTVU, an Oakland, Calif., station.

  • Madrid won’t run for mayor

    City Councilman Morris Madrid said three words made a big difference to him over the weekend: “Happy Father’s Day.”

    He said such words are as good as any to explain why he has decided against running for mayor of Las Vegas.  

    “I can’t devote enough time to being mayor for awhile, until my sons get out of school or I retire from my job (at the state hospital),” Madrid said Monday.

  • County may owe state money

    San Miguel County may owe the state more than $200,000 it collected in penalties and interest from delinquent taxpayers that was supposed to have gone to the state in the first place.

    But county officials are hoping that the state will forgive the debt. Apparently, nearly all other counties have made the same mistake with penalties and interest.