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  • Not Forgotten

    Jesse Griego was 20 when he died in a battle north of Da Nang in Vietnam 43 years ago this month.

    Although the Marine died at a young age nearly four decades ago, his legacy lives on in Vietnam, where a kindergarten school bears his name.

    Now an effort is under way to name the Valley Elementary and Middle School gymnasium in Ribera in Griego’s honor.

    “He was the first soldier from that area to die for his country in Vietnam,” Albert Gallegos, a childhood friend of Griego’s said this week.

  • Remembering the day Jesse died

    By Jim Lewis
    For the Optic

    July 16, 1968, was a hot, yellow-tinted day.

    Our sweat-soaked bodies were caked with dust. We were all the same color; only the whites of our eyes showed any contrast.

    We were moving to Hill 88 to set a base camp. Once there, supplies and water would be helicoptered into our position. After humping up the 88 feet (hills were named by the height they were above sea level), I sat down alone in the hot sun. In front of me were other members of 1st Platoon.

  • DWI arrests made

    State police arrested three alleged repeat drunk driving offenders in recent days, including a man who had children with him when he was arrested, and a woman who wrecked her car outside city limits.

    Jessie E. Romero, 53, who lives on Old Highway 85, was arrested Monday and charged with DWI, sixth offense, a third-degree felony; driving with a suspended or revoked license, a misdemeanor; and three counts of abuse of a child, third-degree felonies.

    Romero, who was driving a red Chevy passenger car, was stopped on Grand  because his tail lamps were out.

  • King pulls out of job searches

    Former Robertson High School principal Eddie King withdrew all his applications for several positions at Las Vegas City Schools earlier this week.

    The district, meanwhile, was still conducting interviews for administrative positions this week, according to interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez. She had previously said that she hoped to fill those jobs by June 30.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, July 6 —  Announcement has been made that Miss May Ross has been elected by the board of regents of the Normal University to the position of instructor in oratory and dramatic art. Feeling the need for such a department the regents ordered it created and, knowing Miss Ross’ ability and experience, they selected her to take charge of it. Miss Ross will begin her duties in September at the opening of the fall term. Miss Ross is a graduate of the Emerson School of Oratory of Boston, Mass. 

  • Looking Ahead - News July 8, 2011

    Auditions for Children’s Theatre this Monday

    Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “The Princess and the Pea” will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, at Ilfeld Auditorium. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for general admission and $4 for children 12 and under.

  • Weather - July 8, 2011

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 61. West wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Regulators to discuss PNM rate hike

    SANTA FE — New Mexico regulators are encouraging members of the public to comment on a proposed rate increase for customers of the state's largest electric utility.

    The state Public Regulation Commission is set to discuss the matter at its regular meeting in Santa Fe on Thursday. The commission is expected to make a final decision later this summer.

  • Dismissal sought in pay-to-play case

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The indictment of a Las Cruces judge in a judicial corruption case with alleged ties to former Gov. Bill Richardson was based on a flawed grand jury process that allowed the introduction of hearsay and other improper evidence, the defense said in court filings released Tuesday.