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  • Students get advice for prom night

    Prom night should be one of the happiest times in a teenager’s life. And it usually is if teens follow the rules of the road and don’t get caught up in a moment of reckless abandon that can ruin the evening, and even the rest of their lives.

    That was the message from the San Miguel DWI Prevention Program to Robertson High School students whose prom will be held April 18. The same message will be presented to West Las Vegas High School students before their prom on May 2.

  • UPDATE ON BREAKING NEWS: Superintendent, others charged; board member, parent comment

    The district attorney's office on Monday charged Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, the athletic director and three former coaches in connection with attacks at a football camp last year.

    Romero, Athletic Director Michael Yara, former head coach Ray Woods and former assistant coaches Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman are each facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

  • Man still not in jail, despite sentence

    Joseph Floyd Santillanes was supposed to begin his six-month jail sentence for his fourth DWI conviction on Jan. 30.

    He’s still not there — the county jail won’t take him.

    During a Jan. 26 hearing, the 53-year-old local man entered into a plea agreement in which he admitted to drunken driving.

  • Survey focuses on joining of districts

    Some local politicians don’t like to even mention the issue of consolidating the two Las Vegas school districts.

    A Highlands University class, however, is taking the issue head on.

    Throughout this week, a marketing research class led by Professor Margaret Young is gauging the community’s views on ideas to consolidate the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools districts.

  • Mariachis progress quickly

    They seem like they’ve been performing for years. But it’s only been a few months.

    Children in the 21st Century mariachi after-school program have already wowed a crowd at Fiesta de la Hispandad and are now heading to a big show in Tucson, Ariz., for the International Mariachi Contest in a few weeks.

    Ben Lucero and Emily Maestas, the co-directors of the young mariachi group, have had extensive musical careers themselves.

  • Dem chairman wins big

    In a landslide, Martin Suazo was re-elected to another term as San Miguel County’s Democratic Party chairman on Saturday, but some protested the credentials of certain delegates.

    Suazo, a Las Vegas stove salesman, won with 84 votes to 10 for Ambrose Castellano, the chairman of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. The vote occurred during a nearly three-hour party convention at West Las Vegas Middle School’s cafeteria, two days after the party conducted precinct meetings in which delegates were elected.

  • County touts benefits of path; some residents disagree

    Some residents touted the health benefits of a path for pedestrians and bicyclists along Cinder Road. Others called it a waste of money and questioned whether it would impede community irrigation ditches.

    San Miguel County held its third public hearing last week on the proposed 1.5-mile path that it hopes to begin building soon.

    The path is part of a long-term plan to link the city’s riverwalk, which the county hopes to eventually extend all the way to the United World College in Montezuma.

  • State plans to measure water use

    New measuring stations on the Gallinas River should give the state a better handle on how much water acequias are using, officials say.

    It’s been a slow process, but the state engineer’s office has entered agreements with 11 of 12 area Las Vegas-area acequias — community ditch organizations — to allow the installation of state-funded measuring stations to tabulate water use.

  • East board closes the doors

    During a special noontime meeting of the Las Vegas City Schools board, members quickly called for a vote to go behind closed doors. The only item on the agenda was limited personnel matters relating to the superintendent and school matters.

    After about an hour, board members returned to public session and board President Phillip Vigil an-nounced that no action was taken, and the meeting was adjourned. None of the members would talk to the Optic about what was discussed.

  • Several mull running for Vegas mayor

    It’s 11 months away, but a few local residents are thinking about running for mayor in next year’s municipal election.

    May-or Tony Marquez, who was elected last March, hasn’t revealed whether he would run for a second two-year term.

    Two City Council members are considering runs for mayor.

    “I’m thinking about it. I haven’t made up my mind,” Councilman Andrew Feldman said.