Local News

  • East district shuffles principals

    A shuffling of principals will affect nearly every school on the east side.

    Last week, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, who took the helm last summer, announced the first major restructuring of the district in years.

    Robertson High School is without a principal after Richard Lopez turned in his resignation last week; the district plans to advertise the position.

  • Official: No layoffs at West

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu batted down rumors that the school district was planning layoffs.

    He made his position known at last week’s regular school board meeting after a couple of board members said they had heard rumors about layoffs.

    Abreu said there were no such plans.

    “You’re hearing this from the horse’s mouth. This is the last thing I would consider. You are hearing it from me,” Abreu told the board.

  • Health center opens

    After years of planning, officials say West Las Vegas Middle School and High School students will get free treatment at the new student health center that officially opened Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The clinic has been treating kids since February.

    Health center coordinator Yolanda Carrillo said, “This center is just for our students, to make sure our kids get the health care they need, and I’d like to stress that all services are free for our students.”

  • RHS’ Lopez resigns; teacher’s status up in air

    Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez, who was placed on leave earlier this year because of allegations of sexual harassment, resigned last week.

    In another development, the Las Vegas City Schools has sent a letter of intent to hire back Robertson teacher Jay Quintana, who is facing sexual abuse allegations, for the next school year.

    But Superintendent Rick Romero said such a letter was “standard operating procedure,” as the district sent letters to nearly all other teachers in the district as part of its annual contract renewal process.

  • Co-op board member prevails

    A longtime member of the board for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative easily won another term last week.

    Carlos Lovato, who has served off and on for nearly two decades, got 109 votes to 70 for Rey Herrera and 27 for Eric Michael Cummings. They were vying to represent District 2, which includes Rociada, Sapello, Buena Vista, Mineral Hill and Watrous. The nonprofit utility serves thousands of customers in the rural areas of San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Spending in Mora questioned

    Leather jackets aren’t just for bikers.

    In Mora County, school board members and state lawmakers are wearing them, too. It’s courtesy of funds managed by the Mora school district.

    Last month, the Optic issued a public records request for all documents related to spending for the leather jackets and all other expenses involving state lawmakers during the legislative session from January to March.

  • Garcia cleared; Vigil convicted

    SANTA FE — A jury in Santa Fe’s District Court on Thursday found former West Las Vegas bilingual coordinator Roberta Vigil guilty of charges of fraudulently spending public money.

    The eight-man, four-woman jury delivered the verdict after four hours of deliberations. Vigil, the wife of state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, was convicted of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

  • DOT shows off equipment

    Residents this week got to meet the men and women who take care of area highways.

    Those who maintain our roadways are recognized during National Transportation Week and certainly received rock-star recognition from more than 700 students attending an open house at the local Department of Transportation district office. There were heavy equipment displays, survey equipment, traffic control signs, a materials lab demonstration and an automotive shop display. 

  • Judge: No reasonable jury could find Garcia guilty

    SANTA FE — Two years after being indicted on corruption charges, former West Las Vegas board member Ralph Garcia now has his name cleared.

    On Tuesday, a state district judge threw out the case against Garcia, who was accused of fraudulently spending public money in connection with two parties.

    District Judge Stephen Pfeffer decided to dismiss charges of fraud and conspiracy after the state finished presenting its case. He did so in response to arguments by Garcia’s attorney, Anna Aragon.

  • Local family upset about stolen urn

    There are dumb thieves and despicable thieves, family members of Lillian J. and Lupe A. Trujillo say.

    Those who vandalize and steal from sacred ground fall into the latter category, they said.

    Carmen Holguin said sometime between April 21 and 28 her parents’ grave site was desecrated and a 300-pound urn taken from Mount Calvary Cemetery.