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Today's News

  • Fall from Grace

    For 20 years, Eugenio S. Mathis was a pillar of the legal system in Las Vegas, serving as a referee to opposing attorneys, settling family disputes and meting out punishment to defendants.

    That all came to a crashing halt on Thursday afternoon with news that the state Judicial Standards Commission had targeted him for removal from the bench for misconduct.

  • Messages reveal tension at courthouse

    Judge Eugenio Mathis believed that Jay Quintana, the ex-teacher who admitted to having sex with a student, should be required to register as a sex offender.

    He said he felt that Frank Alvey, a convicted child rapist, had been railroaded by the prosecutor who handled the case and by the now-retired judge who presided over it.

  • Luna election set for Tuesday

    Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to elect four members to Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees, and the outcome could affect President Pete Campos’ longevity at the school.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Up for grabs are the District 1, District 3, District 5 and District 7 seats. Three incumbents are hoping to retain their seats. In District 7, longtime board member Ambrose Castellano opted not to seek re-election.

  • Mathis saddened by disclosure of messages

    Editor’s note: The following statement was issued by Judge Eugenio Mathis Saturday night.

  • Ex-judge denies most of commission’s charges

    Eugenio Mathis denies 20 of the 28 allegations of wrongdoing levied against him by the state Judicial Standards Commission. What follows is a list of the allegations the former judge is denying:

    • Allowed and encouraged his wife, a court employee, to violate the judicial branch computer and internet use policy.

    • Interfered with and undermined the supervision of his wife.

  • West chief gets 1-year contract extension

    Gene Parson can breathe a sigh of relief. After a marathon executive session on Saturday, the West Las Vegas School board voted unanimously to extend his contract as superintendent.

    The board agreed to award an additional one-year contract to Parson. The move means he will lead the district at least until the end of the 2013-14 school year.

    “I am very grateful,” Parson told the board after the vote. “Thank you for continuing to have the confidence in me to be able to continue leading the district in a positive way.”

  • Looking Back - March 4, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, March 5 — Plans for two projects were unfolded at a special meeting Friday night called by the Storrie Project Water Users Association. It was first revealed that the State Highway Department will, in September of this year, let a contract for bids, to widen State Road 3 north of Las Vegas. The project will include the  crossing over the dam at Storrie Lake. The board expressed hope that the surface area of the lake will be increased to the delight of water ski enthusiasts.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 4, 2013

    Free tax return preparation available
    Free tax return preparation is available for low-income persons and seniors. The service is being offered by AARP Tax-Aide at Highlands University Student Center, 903 Baca St. You do not have to be a senior or a member of AARP to receive the help. Appointment available on Tuesdays through April 12. Call 505-652-4106. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Weather - March 4, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 10-20 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. South wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:26 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.

  • FYI - News - March 4, 2013

    The city of Las Vegas is recalculating a number of its water customers’ bills after discovering a glitch in its billing system. Pick up Wednesday’s Optic for the story.