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  • Men accused in stabbing at Luna

    Two men are accused in the stabbing of another man during a party at Camp Luna.

    Sergio Ray Valdez, 18, 1905 Montezuma, faces charges of aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, and Rico Luke Martinez, 19, 3303 Luna Drive, is charged with conspiracy and an unrelated count of battery.

    Around 2 a.m. March 25, a man called state police and reported that he had been stabbed at a party in the 3300 block of Luna Drive. He had stab wounds to his torso and arms and was bleeding profusely, state police said.

  • Some still push 2-lane Grand

    The city and state have already made their wishes known: They want to keep the downtown portion of Grand Avenue at four lanes.

    But the state Transportation Department still had to hold a public hearing Thursday on the alternatives for Grand as part of the environmental assessment process.

    Some residents took the opportunity to continue to push government officials to reduce Grand Avenue to two lanes from Tilden Street to University Avenue, which they said would promote economic development.

  • Man says he was attacked near his house

    A Highlands University student said he was attacked when he walked out of his house with his friends on a recent night.

    Adam Brister, 28, a full-time geology student, said they were walking to one of the friend’s car, which was parked in front of Lincoln Park, just across from Brister’s house in the 700 block of Lincoln Street. It was around 11:30 p.m. last Friday.

    Brister said there were some men at a nearby car and one of them walked over to him.

  • Grand jury indicts PRC member, dad

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday on eight felony counts related to his alleged misuse of public campaign funds in last year’s election. His father, Jerome Block, also was indicted, on four felony counts.

    The investigation started last fall after the younger Block admitted to the Las Vegas Optic that he had lied on his campaign finance report.

  • City supervisor pleads guilty

    Las Vegas’ wastewater utility supervisor has pleaded guilty to embezzlement at the city. He reportedly remains on the job.

    Steve Medina, 41, admitted to a petty misdemeanor embezzlement charge in Magistrate Court last week.

    According to court documents, authorities were called to investigate the embezzlement on July 28. Days later, Medina admitted that he had another city employee work on his car on city time, documents state. The work on Medina’s vehicle lasted about two hours.

  • Paper says it’ll provide ‘positive perspective’

    The Meadow City Independent came out with its first edition on April 2, promising to provide the community with an “unbiased and positive perspective.”

    The managing editor, Eric Valdez, says he wants the weekly newspaper to spotlight the stories of local residents.

    “We would like to focus on everyone from kids to senior citizens. We could learn so much from everyone in the community,” he said. “There are children out there who are improving their grades, and if you give them a little credit for it, that may change their life.”

  • Mora assessor reports glitch

    The Mora County assessor’s office recently sent out thousands of notices of valuation to property owners, but many of them listed the wrong taxable values.

    As-sessor Angela Romero said this week that the company that printed the notices accidentally left off the last number of some taxable values. For example, a property with a taxable value of $50,000 would appear as $5,000.

    She said this problem could have affected as many as 3,700 of the 8,242 notices sent out.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Teaching lessons beyond the classroom

    Peter Skelton has been teaching at Memorial Middle School for the last three years, but the impact of his work doesn’t stop at the campus door. His love for Mother Nature spills over into everything he does inside and outside the classroom.

    Memorial Middle School Principal Sandra Madrid said, “He has become an integral part of our school, he’s a natural teacher, even though he’s never taught before. He enjoys what he does and is always thinking of new ways to teach. He’s never idle, never, and has become part of our family.”

  • Reports focus on school officials’ response

    What did they know? When did they know it? Reports by the state police and the Las Vegas City Schools district give indications of when Robertson High School’s football coaches and district administrators reportedly became aware of attacks at a team camp last year. The attacks involved players sodomizing others with broomsticks.

  • Block’s dad a target in state inquiry

    When it comes to the state’s grand jury investigation into his campaign finances, Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. now has some company.

    Je-rome Block Sr., the official’s father and a former member of the PRC himself, has been named as a target of the same grand jury that is investigating his son.

    On Monday, the Optic’s managing editor, David Giuliani, received his second subpoena to testify before the grand jury, which is set to reconvene today. Both of the Blocks’ names were listed as targets of the investigation.