Today's News

  • Corrections - News - June 25, 2012

    An Optic “thumb” in the weekend edition identified the owner of property at Eighth Street and Highland Drive, where three box trailers had been placed, to be Carlos Gallegos. That is incorrect. Gallegos said he owns property nearby but not the land where the trailers were parked.

  • Cautionary, tragic tale

    Two weeks ago, a baby was killed after a collision involving a suspected drunken driver. Actually, the mother was pregnant at the time and emergency responders had to rush her to the hospital, where a cesarean section was performed in an attempt to save the baby, but the baby died about a minute after its birth.

    Now, Ramon Hernandez, 43, of Santa Fe, is facing multiple felonies in connection with the Interstate 25 wreck. State police said it’s the fifth time he’s been charged with driving drunk.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 25, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Newspaper war stories

    I think it was one of the greatest newspaper wars of our time — the battle between two Little Rock, Ark., newspapers, the Arkansas Gazette and the Arkansas Democrat.

    I’m not sure the story I’m about to tell supports that contention, but I’ll tell it anyway. Just for the fun of it.

    It was my first journalist job off campus. I was hired at the Gazette to take down scores and stats and write brief high school football game summaries.

  • City workers off the hook

    The two city of Las Vegas employees suspended last year following a fatal trench collapse returned to work this week, and city officials say they will not be disciplined over the deaths.

    “This was a sad and unfortunate accident, and it does no good to penalize anybody further in light of all the suffering that everybody has endured,” City Attorney Dave Romero told the Optic on Wednesday.

  • McNellis-Martinez gets 2-year contract

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez wasn’t happy last month when the board voted to give her a one-year contract, so she submitted a counterproposal.

    On Tuesday, the board responded by approving a two-year contract for her, ensuring that she will be at the district’s helm through the 2013-14 school year.

    The board had been negotiating contract terms with McNellis Martinez for several weeks before Tuesday’s vote.

  • East moving to 4-day school week

    Students at Las Vegas City Schools will have three-day weekends next school year after the  board voted 3-2  on Tuesday to approve Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s proposal for a four-day school week.

    Board members Gabriel Lucero and Ernesto Salazar voted against the proposal while Elaine Luna and Gloria Lovato Pacheco voted in favor. Board President Felix Alderete broke the tie in favor of the four-day week.

  • Equipment Roadeo
  • Plaza Hotel officially in receivership

    An Albuquerque company has been appointed to take over management of the Plaza Hotel, to safeguard its assets and to prepare it for sale as foreclosure proceedings get under way in District Court.

    State District Judge Abigail Aragon signed two court orders last week. The first one appoints Pacific Pearl Hotel Management-Las Vegas, LLC as receiver of the hotel. She also signed a restraining order requiring the owners of the hotel to turn over the property and all its assets to the receiver and prohibiting them from interfering with the receiver in any way.

  • In Brief - Local News - June 22, 2012

    Autopsy results being awaited
    The autopsy performed on 50-year-old Victor Jaramillo determined that he didn't die of an injury, so investigators are now waiting for a toxicology report, state police Lt. Robert McDonald said.

    Jaramillo was found dead on June 13 at his mother's apartment on Eighth and Mills. Although he died inside city limits, Las Vegas police handed the case over to state police to avoid any potential conflict of interest.