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Today's News

  • Meat processing plant opens

    Martinez & Sons Processing opened its doors for business Monday morning. By that afternoon, two steers and two heifers had already been brought in to be harvested.

    “It feels really good. It’s a long time coming,” said Timoteo Martinez who, along with his family, has been working to get the slaughterhouse off the ground for about three years.

    Martinez & Sons Processing, LLC. is the first commercial meat processing agricultural business in Las Vegas, serving area ranchers.

  • Optic’s McDonald leaving post

    Tom McDonald, who has served as the Optic’s editor and publisher for more than eight years, has announced plans to resign to start his own business.

    The resignation is tentatively effective in mid-March. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic’s parent company, has announced that Optic managing editor Martin Salazar will take over as interim general manager and editor upon McDonald’s departure until a permanent replacement for McDonald is selected.

    The newspaper’s staff was told of the resignation Monday afternoon.

  • Another term - Highlands regent re-appointed

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov. Susana Martinez has nominated Leveo Sanchez to another term on the Highlands University Board of Regents, and she has selected Michael Martinez to serve as student regent, the university announced last week.

    The nominations are subject to confirmation by the state Senate, Highlands President Jim Fries said in an email to the university’s students, faculty and staff. Sanchez’s current appointment will continue until then and Martinez will start his term once he is confirmed.

  • West school district gets clean audit

    Members of the West Las Vegas School Board got good news last week. The 2011-2012 audit has been completed, and the district passed with flying colors, garnering an unqualified audit opinion — the best opinion a public agency can get.

    The audit was performed by the firm of Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.

    During it’s regular meeting last week, the board voted unanimously to approve the audit.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 20, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Woman missing in Rowe area

    Search and rescue teams were called out to help look for a couple who got lost around the Rowe Mesa area after the car they were in got stuck, according to San Miguel Search and Rescue.
    Niki Sebastian, the public information officer for the local search and rescue team, said Monday evening that the man was found and was being treated at St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The man’s girlfriend, however, had not been found, Sebastian said.

  • Samaritan House fundraiser Saturday at UWC castle

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA is hosting a community fundraiser for the Samaritan House from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the campus’ Montezuma Castle ballroom.

    The evening will feature international cuisine, a cultural performance emceed by Sara Harris, special activities, and a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the local Samaritan House in support of its mission to provide food and shelter to people in the community.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 20, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “Bear in Sunshine/Oso bajo el sol” by Stella Blackstone and Debbie Harter. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Noticias - Feb. 20, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Looking Back - Feb. 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Feb. 22 — The Las Vegas National Guard, Battery D, 6th AW Bn, already engaged in “Operation Muster,” will hold “Muster Day” drill on Sunday at Camp Luna. “Today this unit is still maintaining the highest standards of operational readiness,” Lt. Alvin J. Regensberg, battery commander, stated. Those interested in enlisting in the National Guard are invited to visit at the Armory in Camp Luna from Monday through Friday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 20, 2013

    Senior Olympics registration under way
    Registration for Senior Olympics has started. Pick up a registration form at the front desk of the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Contact Denise McElroy at 454-1379 or jdmcel@desertgate.com