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  • City manager, police chief both to step down

    One of the announcements made at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting was likely a surprise to some. Another announcement was likely a surprise to even more local residents.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo announced at the meeting that he’ll be retiring, with his last day being next Friday, Dec. 29. Later in the meeting, while responding to a city councilor’s remarks, Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron said Police Chief Juan Montaño will be stepping down soon. 

  • Board extends Serna's contract

    At last week's regular monthl meeting, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved an extension of the current eight-month contract for Interim President Ricky Serna.

  • It's what you give

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Sandra Saavedra, and Joyce Garcia handed over wrapped gifts to Estevan Martinez of the Las Vegas Police Department on Saturday.

  • Her father's story

    She’s no longer teaching, grading essays or juggling any number of developments that can occur in the day of a teacher. Carmen Baca did that for 36 years with Wes Las Vegas Schools. 

  • Student required hospitalization after MMS fight

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper confirmed a Memorial Middle School student suffered injuries in a late-November fight that required transport to an Albuquerque hospital.

    Cooper said he couldn’t say much about the incident, but confirmed the district is investigating both the incident and how it was handled.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge dismisses suit over new bond rule

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Supreme Court over changes to the bond system, finding the case was without merit.

  • Robbery, or family dispute?

    WATROUS — A Colorado woman who claims a relative cleared out her mother’s belongings from a Watrous home wants to see more swift action to help resolve things.

    Debrah Snider, a resident of the Colorado Springs area, owns a home at 406 Second St. in Watrous. After her sister passed away and her mother, Lucille Stumbo, died in 2011, she went through probate procedures and tried to make plans to find places for all of her family’s belongings, including some treasured furniture that had been in the home.

  • Las Vegas’ own YouTube star

    Jim Terr has received plenty of exposure for many of the videos he’s made through the years. His YouTube channel, jaimejaime, is closing in on two million total views.

    One recent has received particular interest — an invitation for Amazon to build a facility in or near Las Vegas — but Terr has been chipping away at the cybersphere of American politics and government for more than 10 years.

  • Meet Alice L. Wagoner

    Meet Alice Wagoner. 

  • City Schools accepts 90-day plan

    In its nearly four-hour meeting Thursday night, the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education discussed issues, took actions, accepted 90-day plan reports from the schools’ principals, recognized students in various events, honored district employees, and even made time for a dinner break.