Local News

  • East official put on leave

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas City Schools finance director Myrna Garcia has been placed on administrative leave, signaling that her rocky tenure handling the district’s finances might be coming to an end.

    Garcia was placed on leave last Friday by interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez. The district hasn’t said publicly why it took the action.

    It’s unclear who is overseeing the district’s financial operations in Garcia’s absence.

  • Senior Profile - Horace Lucero

    At home in his Mineral Hill area cabin, 66-year-old Horace Lucero — “Not the judge” with the same name, he is quick to clarify — sat smoking his roll-your-own cigarette, sipping on a can of beer or two, and petting his dog.

    In his kitchen, pinto beans simmer in a slow-cooker, and his guests sit on a rugged bench made of local timber.

    There’s not much evidence of “high tech” beyond the TV set in the adjoining room. A bare bulb lights his dining room and kitchen.

  • Councilman criticizes chamber ad

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman is once again taking aim at the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, this time over an ad the chamber bought in the Optic praising a former worker who is now running for a City Council seat.

    During last week’s City Council meeting, Feldman argued that the “Thank You, Diane Ortiz!” ad that ran in the Jan. 9-10 edition of the Optic could be construed as a political ad. Ortiz, the chamber’s former executive director, filed to run for the Ward 2 council seat on Jan. 10.

  • Class to give real look at police work

    In television shows like the CSI or Law & Order,  franchises crimes are solved and prosecuted quickly, with all the loose ends tied up nicely in an episode.

    The storylines in those shows might be ripped from the headlines, but those who work in law enforcement know that the fast-paced crime solving portrayed on television is far from the reality they deal with day to day.

  • Where there’s smoke...
  • Crime Briefs - News - Jan. 29, 2012

    Theft suspect chased by victim

    When Jose Albert Herrera learned that a man in a red pickup had gone into his Colonias Avenue property and loaded up scrap metal without his permission he took action.

    Herrera and other family members followed the truck onto Interstate 25, all the while calling police. He even managed to get the truck to pull over, allowing state police to arrest him.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 27, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 16 and Jan. 23:

    Patricio Lucero, 63, commitment
    Gomecindo Gonzales, 49, receiving stolen property, dispersing stolen property, contributing to the delinquency of a minor
    Dorrie Gurule, 53, fraud, embezzlement, tampering with evidence
    Gavino Vigal, disorderly conduct
    John Romero, 35, criminal damage to property
    Carlos Tafoya, 31, driving under the influence

  • Ex-spokesman wants benefits

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A former spokesman for ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is fighting with the state over unemployment benefits. While working for Richardson, Gilbert Gallegos earned more than $115,000.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 27, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Jan. 28 — An Associated Press dispatch from Washington today stated that the nomination of Frank J. Wesner of Las Vegas for postmaster was sent to congress today. Mr. Wesner has made his home in Las Vegas for about 30 years. For many years he was director and also secretary of the Mutual Building and Loan, from which position he resigned last April. In 1924 and 1925 he was mayor of the city of Las Vegas. Recently he has been engaged in the real estate business.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 27, 2012

    Film ordinance revision to be presented

    Proposed revisions to the city’s film ordinance will be presented at 4 p.m. this Monday at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in the City Council chamber. The commission is seeking public input  on the proposed changes, which have been recommended by the Las Vegas Film Commission.