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Local News

  • School gets new leader

    Longtime local educator Eddie King is the new principal of Robertson High School.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero an-nounced the decision Thursday. King, Robertson’s assistant principal since 2007, was one of 10 applicants. A panel of administrators, teachers, parents and students interviewed five of the applicants.

    Romero said King has shown loyalty to the district, starting as an English and Spanish teacher at Memorial Middle School in 1981 and moving on to the high school as a teacher in those subjects in 1998.

  • Inquiry clears Vegas officer

    Authorities have cleared a Las Vegas police officer of any criminal wrongdoing in his handling of a suspect earlier this year.

    District Attorney Richard Flores announced this week that a state police investigation found that Officer Martin Salazar’s actions didn’t rise to the level of a crime — a conclusion with which the DA agreed.

    Flores said the state police conducted a thorough investigation, interviewing about 20 people, including jailers who alleged that Salazar threatened the female arrestee, Bernadette Varela, with violence.

  • Salazar may sue county

    A Las Vegas police officer is seeking more than $250,000 in damages from San Miguel County for releasing documents about him that he contends should have been kept secret.

    On July 8, Officer Martin Salazar filed a tort claims notice with the county, which is a warning that he may sue.

    He stated that he has suffered from emotional distress since stories have appeared in the Optic about county jailers’ allegations against him.

    A top county official counters that he and his employees have followed the law.

  • Woman recalls the day husband was attacked

    Frances Sisneros was focused on her Spanish television shows when her husband, Euvaldo “Eddie” Sisneros, told her that he was going to take his regular walk.

    Those were his last words to her.

    Five blocks away, a man attacked Eddie from behind, pulling the 79-year-old by his necklace. It was in the middle of the afternoon on June 16 in a neighborhood full of retirees in Richmond, Calif., a suburb of San Francisco.

  • Senator praises merchants, says earlier comments misconstrued

    In the spring, state Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, contended that the merchant class in the Plaza area was made up of newcomers who wanted to change Las Vegas into a Santa Fe or Taos.

    The longtime lawmaker took a different approach this week.

    On radio station KFUN, Griego, who was on a show with other local lawmakers, praised the downtown business community, touting how it benefits Las Vegas. He said his earlier comments were misconstrued by the print media.

  • Ex-city cop pleads guilty to fraud

    A former Las Vegas police officer has pleaded guilty to allegations that he defrauded city government, prosecutors say.

    On July 7, Shawn Montoya entered his plea in court to charges of fraud and filing a false claim, both fourth-degree felonies, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, Montoya is required to pay full restitution to the Police Department and to an insurance company to which he defrauded, and perform 100 hours of community service, Flores said. Montoya will be on probation for 18 months.

  • City Council agenda

    • The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in the council’s chambers at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on public housing issues:

    Presentations

    • Marco Gonzales from Work Force on SER Jobs for Progress.

    • Joseph Gallegos from Casa del Cultural proposing a 180-foot historical mural on the old Safeway parking lot wall.

    • Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. quarterly report.

    Business

  • AA wants to spread word

    The spokesman for area Alcoholics Anonymous groups says that if it weren’t for the program, he likely wouldn’t be alive today.

    He and other members want to inform the public about AA during a public forum on Sunday. They want to tell residents about how AA operates and what it can do for the community.

    It’s the first such public forum in years, the spokesman said.

  • Dorms ready for new school year

    The year-long construction of new dorms at Highlands University is just about done.

    Jorden Grimm, the school’s capital projects and operations manager, said that the project is 99 percent completed, with minor problems being taken care of by the contractor, Las Vegas-based Franken Construction.

    The dorms will be ready in time for the new school year, as was planned all along, Grimm said. Officials have said the new dorms will help attract more students to the university.

  • Gay club says it got good response

    Members of the Las Vegas-based New Mexico Rainbow Club wanted to try something that no one could remember happening before — having a gay and lesbian float in the Fiestas parade.

    So they did. And the community’s reaction was generally good, members said.

    The club is a loosely knit social group of gays and lesbians and their supporters, and it has been holding monthly potlucks. But member Kathy Gould said the group is becoming more rights-oriented.