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  • Postmaster is target of petition

    Hundreds of residents want to send a message — one that doesn’t require postage.

    A total of 308 people have signed a petition for the removal, transfer or termination of Las Vegas Postmaster Alberta Ellis. The petition calls Ellis “abusive, disrespectful, unprofessional and derelict in her duty.”

  • West focuses on green projects

    When West Las Vegas High School students turn on the ignition switch of a 1970 Porsche 914 they have been working on this year, there is silence.

    That’s because the sports car is powered by six 12-volt batteries that will accelerate to a cruising speed of 60-80 mph and get around 80 miles per charge.

    Teacher Kirk Ludi said more batteries can be installed for greater power and range, and plugs into a regular outlet. He said students completely replaced the gasoline motor with an electric motor.

  • Rancher says county owes him

    Trementina rancher Lawrence Lujan contends he has lost two cows because San Miguel County hasn’t maintained a cattle guard near his property. He wants the county to pay up.

    Last year, he wrote a letter to the county detailing the problems with cattle guards in his area. He said dirt builds up underneath them, which makes his cattle believe that they can walk on them. When they do, they get their legs caught, breaking them and making them useless for his ranching operation.

    It happened twice on Lujan’s ranch last year, he contends.

  • Jail: Cop abused woman

    A number of jailers have filed reports stating that a Las Vegas police officer threatened to hurt a woman when he was booking her into the jail. Jailers said she had already been injured before her arrival.

    Several of the reports quote Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar as saying to the jailers, “Get this (expletive deleted) good for nothing piece of s--- out of my car before I hurt her.”  

  • East district shuffles principals

    A shuffling of principals will affect nearly every school on the east side.

    Last week, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, who took the helm last summer, announced the first major restructuring of the district in years.

    Robertson High School is without a principal after Richard Lopez turned in his resignation last week; the district plans to advertise the position.

  • Official: No layoffs at West

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu batted down rumors that the school district was planning layoffs.

    He made his position known at last week’s regular school board meeting after a couple of board members said they had heard rumors about layoffs.

    Abreu said there were no such plans.

    “You’re hearing this from the horse’s mouth. This is the last thing I would consider. You are hearing it from me,” Abreu told the board.

  • Health center opens

    After years of planning, officials say West Las Vegas Middle School and High School students will get free treatment at the new student health center that officially opened Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The clinic has been treating kids since February.

    Health center coordinator Yolanda Carrillo said, “This center is just for our students, to make sure our kids get the health care they need, and I’d like to stress that all services are free for our students.”

  • RHS’ Lopez resigns; teacher’s status up in air

    Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez, who was placed on leave earlier this year because of allegations of sexual harassment, resigned last week.

    In another development, the Las Vegas City Schools has sent a letter of intent to hire back Robertson teacher Jay Quintana, who is facing sexual abuse allegations, for the next school year.

    But Superintendent Rick Romero said such a letter was “standard operating procedure,” as the district sent letters to nearly all other teachers in the district as part of its annual contract renewal process.

  • Co-op board member prevails

    A longtime member of the board for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative easily won another term last week.

    Carlos Lovato, who has served off and on for nearly two decades, got 109 votes to 70 for Rey Herrera and 27 for Eric Michael Cummings. They were vying to represent District 2, which includes Rociada, Sapello, Buena Vista, Mineral Hill and Watrous. The nonprofit utility serves thousands of customers in the rural areas of San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Spending in Mora questioned

    Leather jackets aren’t just for bikers.

    In Mora County, school board members and state lawmakers are wearing them, too. It’s courtesy of funds managed by the Mora school district.

    Last month, the Optic issued a public records request for all documents related to spending for the leather jackets and all other expenses involving state lawmakers during the legislative session from January to March.