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  • Ex-teacher wants trial out of town

    The Las Vegas Optic’s coverage of a local story was the story in a Fourth Judicial District courtroom Friday.

    A former Robertson High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student wants to move the trial out of town. During a hearing to change the venue the lawyer for Jay Quintana, Tom Clark, argued that the newspaper’s extensive coverage would taint the jury pool against his client.

    “You have a reporter here today, and this story will be contained in 5,100 newspapers going out to the general public,” Clark told the court.

  • Mayor's ball raises money

    The guests walked in on a red carpet on Saturday night, and a spotlight shone into the sky.

    No, it wasn’t an L.A. awards ceremony. It was the Mayor’s Charity Ball, part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary celebration.

    Hundreds showed up for the ball, which took place in the ballroom at Plaza Hotel.

  • Expert: Add effluent to water

    For the last few years, the city of Las Vegas has used its treated wastewater to irrigate city parks, Highlands University’s golf course and Robertson High School’s fields.

    Now, a consultant is suggesting the city look at sending the wastewater — known as effluent — to the water plant, treating it and putting it into the city’s drinking water supply.

    “If this isn’t publicly acceptable, it will be good to know that,” said Ron Mosher of Albuquerque-based Molzen-Corbin and Associates.

  • Crime hits Bridge Street area

    Merchants on Bridge Street are calling for action in response to a spate of crime in their area. Many say they are concerned about loitering youths.

    Last week, more than 40 people gathered at the Plaza Hotel for a meeting with Police Chief Gary Gold and other police officials. On the large conference table were dozens of photos showing evidence of graffiti, broken windows and other crimes.

    In a least one instance, a business’ window was broken in the middle of the day — an example of brazenness that the merchants say is becoming more common.

  • Robbery suspect nabbed after standoff

    After a four-hour standoff, Las Vegas police captured a man suspected of robbing a local convenience store.

    Nicholas Leyba, 23, 776 Dalbey Drive, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

  • 40-year Las Vegas Optic ex-employee dies

    Clarence Falvey, a printer who worked at the Las Vegas Optic for nearly a third of its 131-year history, died Tuesday.

    Falvey worked at the Optic from 1959 to 1999. That’s a long time for an employee at this newspaper; currently, the paper’s longest-serving employee, Michael Pacheco, has been here a dozen years.

    When Falvey began at the Optic, he initially worked with “hot type.” The type eventually turned cold, with the advent of “offset” printing, and at the same time, Falvey’s position rose, to mechanical superintendent.

  • Calendar

    WEDNESDAY

    • Story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the children’s area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Football Kickoff,” and the book will be “Kick the Football, Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schulz. The craft will be a team pennant. The programs are open to the public.

    THURSDAY

    • The Las Vegas Community Water Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Technology Building of Luna Community College.

  • City: No to low-fly zone

    To applause, the Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously against a Cannon Air Force Base proposal to fly its planes as low as 200 feet as part of training.

    The base wants to use much of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado as a training area, and it is seeking public comment until early next month from area communities.

    But the proposal has faced much opposition in some communities, including Las Vegas and Taos.

  • Denish says she would push consolidation

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish said this week that she would pressure the two local school districts to come to the table to talk about consolidating their administrations.

    In an interview with the Optic’s editorial board, Denish said the state should provide incentives for the Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas to combine. For instance, any savings should stay within the districts, going into the classroom rather than administration.

  • East adviser takes some blame

    Regardless of who is to blame, east-side residents will see their property taxes increase by a whopping 30 percent come Nov. 1. 

    At a school board meeting this week, the district’s finance adviser, Al Clemmons, took some of the responsibility for the unexpected hike in taxes.

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz told members of the Las Vegas City Schools board at its regular meeting this week that his office is being bombarded with people saying they are not going to pay the higher rate.