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  • Attack victim dies

    The Las Vegas native who was attacked while walking in his California neighborhood last month had died from his injuries.

    Euvaldo “Eddie” Sisneros, 79, was brutally beaten while walking near his home in Richmond Calif., which is in the San Francisco area.

    Sisneros had been hospitalized since he was attacked in the afternoon of June 16.

    Richmond police have arrested 21-year-old Michael Cordova Villalobos in the attack. Officers are asking prosecutors to charge Villalobos with murder, according to KTVU, an Oakland, Calif., station.

  • Survey: Most open to one district

    When it comes to combining the two local school districts, some politicians say it’ll never happen and it’s not an option.

    But a recent survey of residents shows that nearly 90 percent of respondents favor at least considering consolidation.

    The two Las Vegas municipalities combined in 1970, but the local school districts never followed suit.

  • Mora Co. to hold hearing on drilling

    For more than a year, a Mora County group has wanted their voices heard on the issue of possible oil and gas drilling.

    Next week, it’ll get its chance.

    The Mora County government is holding a public hearing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Mora Elementary gym.

    “The aim of this meeting is to give people a chance to speak about their opinions on oil and gas,” County Manager John Garcia said.

    He said the county has invited members of the County Commission and the Planning and Zoning Committee to attend.

  • HU coach pulls power during event

    Youth and adult dancers from a local group had hoped to perform for another 45 minutes at the Relay for Life event last weekend.

    They were in their traditional outfits and ready to continue.

    But those involved said Highlands University’s head football coach, Chad Roanhaus, had other ideas.

    Just before the dancers were set to go on stage again, the coach pulled out their plug, which was connected inside the fieldhouse, and threw it outside, they said. He then locked the building.

  • East board backs superintendent

    The Las Vegas City Schools board says it has confidence in the district’s superintendent, despite the district attorney’s case against him.

    The board released a statement this week in response to parents who have publicly questioned why Superintendent Rick Romero hasn’t been placed on paid administrative leave or let go.

  • No raises for top West officials

    West Las Vegas district is playing it conservative with its money this year, officials said. And that means top administrative staff won’t be getting any raises, they said.

    Last week, the West school board discussed the already-approved budget, and members, as they have in previous meetings, asked about raises for employees.

    Member Caroline Lopez referred to talk in the community that some on the administrative staff would be getting raises, She also questioned discrepancies between last year’s and this year’s base salaries.

  • Youth workers help with parks

    Money from a “Keep America Beautiful” grant has come to the rescue of an overburdened city staff responsible for maintaining city parks.

    Seven Las Vegas high school students have been busy raking, mulching, painting and doing a general cleanup around parks and streets.

    KAB Coordinator Kathy Fisher said she got a grant to hire local kids for summer work, and those driving around Plaza Park may have seen the good work they have been doing for their community.

  • Annual fiesta to start in the Plaza

    Fiestas de Las Vegas starts Thursday in Plaza Park, with entertainment, food and plenty of vendors.

    The festivities will last through Sunday and include a parade, a fishing derby and a run.

    This year is the 121st annual Fiestas. The vendors surround Plaza Park and line up on Bridge Street. The eats typically include Navajo tacos, roasted corn on the cob, fajitas, beans and hamburgers. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy candy, caramel apples and cotton candy.

  • Santa Fe mourns teens’ deaths

    SANTA FE — Teary-eyed teens and grim-faced parents gathered Monday at a Santa Fe high school to mourn the deaths of four students killed in a weekend crash with a suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong way on a highway.

    They comforted one another and the parents of two girls who died in early Sunday’s wreck, talking quietly and scribbling messages on big poster boards at long tables filled with photos and flowers at Santa Fe Preparatory School.

  • 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.