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  • Prescribed burn planned at refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge plans to implement a prescribed fire project on the east side of the refuge in early May.

    The burn unit is located southeast of the refuge headquarters 3 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

    This prescribed fire is part of a fuels reduction and grassland maintenance project on the refuge to enhance native habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

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  • Looking Back - April 30, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 29 — Late this afternoon Charles O'Malley received the following telegram from Jack Curley: Leave Monday night at 5 o'clock for Chicago to remain until Wednesday or Thursday evening . . . In preparation for the coming heavyweight fight.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 30, 2012

    City budget hearing is today

    The city of Las Vegas is scheduled to hold a daylong budget hearing today, April 30, at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Avenue. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with a presentation by the city manager and finance director of the preliminary fiscal year 2013 budget.

  • Weather - April 30, 2012

    Isolated showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a west wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to between 20 and 25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.


  • In Brief - Local News - April 30, 2012

    West teacher remains on leave
    A 17-year veteran of the West Las Vegas School district remains on paid administrative leave.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova put Frank Herrera on leave on Feb. 17 due to a pending investigation by the local city police. Authorities have yet to disclose what exactly is being investigated.

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  • Cop fight caught on tape

    Incident reports and an audio recording released by state police Tuesday could spell trouble for Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza, who has been accused of trying to let an acquaintance walk earlier this month after being arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

    The DWI arrest sparked a heated quarrel between Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham on the evening of April 7, and part of that exchange, which involved yelling, threats and the sheriff saying, “I can do what I want,” was recorded by another deputy on his iPhone.

  • Senior Profile - Manuel Benavidez Sr.

    Remember what it’s like to be 13? Manuel Benavidez does.

    “I was just looking for something to do, and took a job at Munzumur’s (Bakery and Café),” he recalls.

    That was some 70 years ago, a move that eventually would lead to Manuel’s unquestionable role as Las Vegas’ “Panadero.”

    That reputation has made him somewhat of a legend in town and led to the publication of a book, “El Panadero,” the bread maker, compiled by his son Manuel Benavidez Jr.

  • Co-op dispute may head to court

    The man wanting to challenge the Mora-San Miguel Electric cooperative’s chairman in the May 8 election for the District 2 board of trustees seat says he is being kept off the ballot by dirty politics.