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  • DA plans to retry suspect

    The district attorney plans to retry Gilberto Reyes, the man who has been in the county jail for 14 months on a charge of distribution of drugs.

    Last week, a two-day trial resulted in a hung jury in state District Court. Judge Eugenio Mathis said he wouldn’t be able to hold the next trial until July at the earliest.

    Flores said he felt compelled to try the matter again because families are ruined by drug use and sales.

  • Program called ‘dumping ground’

    In-school detention at Robertson High School has become a “dumping ground,” and changes should be made, a top official says.

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, said he wants to seek the input from teachers and administrators to make the program more effective, possibly instituting a Saturday school.

    “We seriously need to evaluate how the program is used and how it can be used,” Romero said.

  • Kids told about DWI dangers

    San Miguel County DWI administrative assistant Gina Medina takes the “Protecting You, Protecting Me” program to area schools, with a lesson focusing on the deadly situation called “drinking while intoxicated.”

    The program is once a week for two months.

  • Miss Teen Las Vegas named

    Amber Lynn Lucero is the 2009 Miss Teen Las Vegas, and Devon Briana Rogers is the alternate in the Miss Teen Pageant at West Las Vegas High School on Saturday.

    Mistress of ceremonies Miss Las Vegas Stacy K. Romero announced the winner who will go on to compete in the state competition in June.

    “I feel really excited. This has been a fun learning experience and I will never forget this moment,” said Lucero, a West Las Vegas junior. She said she wants to go to UCLA after graduation to study to become a doctor.

  • City e-mails may break law

    The mayor and City Council members have been exchanging e-mails about city business, a practice that may violate the state’s open meetings law.

    According to the state Open Meetings act, all meetings of policymaking bodies such as the City Council held for the purpose of discussing public business, or taking any action within the authority of that body, are public meetings, subject to certain well-defined exceptions.

    Such meetings are public and are to be held publicly and with reasonable advance notice to the public.

  • LV Optic no longer a daily

    The Las Vegas Optic is moving from a five- to a three-day weekly schedule, beginning today.

    The newspaper is now publishing Monday, Wednesday and Friday editions. They will be distributed by mail to subscribers and placed in single-sales locations in the mornings instead of the afternoons.

    Other big changes for customers include subscription rates and advertising deadlines.

    Publisher Tom McDonald said the frequency reduction is a costs-saving measure that should also result in improvements in the newspaper’s quality and service to its customers.

  • Election set for Tuesday

    Voters will decide Tuesday on the members representing three districts for Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    They’ll also vote on a property tax increase that will amount to $52 for a home worth $100,000.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the Luna service area, which includes Mora County, all but the far western portion of San Miguel County, the southern part of Colfax County and much of Guadalupe County.

  • Firm has history of bounced checks

    An Illinois company will be in town throughout this week looking to buy antiques and other collectibles from residents, but media accounts in four states have reported that the firm’s checks have bounced in some instances.

    The company, Treasure Hunters Roadshow, acknowledged the problem, calling it an embarrassment. But it said that it has enough money to pay people who sell their collectibles. The company released a bank statement to the Optic that showed it had $223,000 in its account as of Friday.

  • Vegas cites 81 for cell phone violations

    Those who are driving while talking on handheld cell phones are breaking city law. Last year, the Police Department issued scores of tickets for such violations.

    In 2008, Las Vegas police officers issued 81 citations for cell phone offenses and 34 warnings, according to department statistics.

    Police Capt. Eugene Garcia said the department could probably ticket greater numbers of drivers. “We’re working at it,” he said.

  • Campos changes mind on bill

    Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, has changed his mind on domestic partnerships.

    On Tuesday, he voted against a bill that would extend some of the same rights of married couples to unmarried gay and straight couples. The bill failed 25-17, with 10 Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.

    Opponents called domestic partnerships “marriage in disguise.”

    In recent days, Campos was mum with the media on how he would vote on the bill. But on Thursday, he issued a statement saying he had changed his position.