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  • Drug traffickers are sentenced to prison, DA says

    Two area residents have been convicted of drug trafficking, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Demetrio Esquibel and Marvin Archuleta, both 21, were recently sentenced to prison in two separate cases. Both cases were before District Judge Abigail Aragon for final sentencing after the pair had pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

  • List of outstanding warrants

    The Las Vegas Municipal Court is publicizing the names of those who are wanted on outstanding warrants. The Optic starts publishing the list of names in its Aug. 28 edition. The rest will be printed in later editions.

    Next week is Amnesty Week, in which people can make arrangements to meet the court’s requirements without further penalties. The court promises to try to find those who don’t take care of their issues. Such efforts will include warrant stings after September during the early morning hours and the holidays, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo says.

  • Students helping the hungry

    Angelica Gallegos gingerly began the task at hand of stripping corn from the stalks in the large garden behind Memorial Middle School.

    Then came a surprise.

    As she shucked her first piece, the corn went flying when she saw an earworm looking up at her.

    Peter Skelton, director of agricultural development at the middle school, said Gallegos and other students in the FFA program at Robertson High School volunteered their time after school to pick produce that they donate to local hunger relief. They have donated more than 1,300 pounds of produce to local organizations.

  • No 'blind eye' at East schools

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, had a message for employees Tuesday: No one’s going to turn a “blind eye” to bullying.

    The district held a rare all-staff meeting late in the afternoon in the auditorium at Memorial Middle School. Hundreds showed up, including teachers, custodians and cooks.

    It was only for employees, but from outside, one could hear Romero giving an emotional speech about the dangers of bullying. He urged all employees to do their part to report any problems that they witness.

  • Moore: Loosen water rules

    City Councilman Diane Moore is urging the city to make exceptions to his heightened water restrictions.

    Last week, she asked her fellow council members to consider special permits for things like fundraising car washes as the city remains in Stage 1 water restrictions.

    During a report at last week’s council meeting, City Manager Sharon Caballero gave an update on the city’s water situation. Because of recent rains, the Gallinas River is flowing with up to 30 million gallons a day; the reservoirs are at 97 percent of capacity.

  • Annual fair called a success

    The 30th annual People’s Faire was a success again this year, officials say.

    Vendors from around the area and state offered everything from jewelry to handmade toys and jellies.

    Rosa Vigil said this was her first year selling goods at the fair. She said it had been pretty steady at her booth where she was selling homemade beading.

    “My daughter-in-law and I do beading, and we’re doing a decent business. We just started, and this is our first time here at the People’s Faire. So we’re hoping to come back next year,” Vigil said.

  • Mayor restricts flow of city info

    City Hall is tightening the flow of information by requiring that all media inquiries be routed through both the city manager’s and the mayor’s offices.

    It’s a reversal of longstanding policies in city government.

  • NM racing panel OKs license for track in Raton

    ALBUQUERQUE — Horse racing may be returning to Raton.

    The New Mexico Racing Commission approved the license application by Horse Racing at Raton on Monday, making way for the construction of the proposed $50 million track. The proposed horse racetrack and casino could begin live racing as early as 2010.

    Commissioners picked among Raton, in northeastern New Mexico, and two rival applicants: Coronado Park Partners in Tucumcari and Pueblo of Pojoaque Development in Santa Fe.

  • Students get introduction to Vegas

    Local college and high school students jammed historic Plaza Park last week for the Student Welcome Back Fiesta.

    Students gathered on Friday night from the United World College, Luna Community College, Highlands University, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School to enjoy the free food, fun and live music from the local band, “Sangre Joven.”

    Highlands University anthropology major Brittany McCloud is a peer mentor and was at the student fiesta with a group of seven students from the university’s Melody Residence Hall.

  • West district gets new law firm

    The West Las Vegas School board has hired a new law firm to represent its interests.

    At a recent meeting, the board came out of closed session and announced the Cuddy Law Firm will take over duties from Sutin, Thayer and Brown, which has been the attorney firm of record for the last couple of years.

    It wasn’t clear if the board discussed the issue behind closed doors. Contracts can’t be an item for discussion in closed sessions under state law.