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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 5, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    THURSDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 6 p.m., Perkins Stadium (RESCHEDULED)
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas at Des Moines, 5 p.m., Des Moines

    FRIDAY
    Football

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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    Coaches, we love covering your teams! Submit your scores, stats and story ideas to the Optic: dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Millions spent defending East

    The tab for defending Las Vegas City Schools and its employees against lawsuits stemming from the August 2008 football team assaults exceeds $6 million.

    The actual figure could be closer to $7 million because the settlement received by one of the victims and the amount spent on legal fees in one of the lawsuits have yet to be disclosed.

    The suits stem from an August 2008 incident in which older members of the football team sodomized younger players with broomsticks and terrorized others during a pre-season football camp in the Gallinas Canyon.

  • Speaking out, learning more
  • Input leads to branding report

    Jim Glover has been busy meeting with various people in town as part of his city-sponsored a research project to brand and market Las Vegas.

    On Thursday evening, he discussed his initial findings with about two dozen attendees at the Student Senate Chambers at Highlands University.

    The scope of the project, according to Glover, is to make Las Vegas a better place to live, work and recreate.

    “A community brand is essentially in everything,” Glover said.

  • Proposed facility worries neighbors

    A plan to establish an assisted living facility on Fourth Street is drawing concerns from neighbors worried about the types of residents it will be accepting.

    The issue took center stage last week during a city Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Jimmy and Lisa Saiz are requesting a special-use permit to establish an assisted living facility at 813 Fourth St. — the same property that once housed the nursing home facility formerly known as Vegas Grandes. The permit is needed because the area is currently zoned as residential.

  • Man gets 10 years for drug trafficking

    A man who sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday.

    Manuel “Melo” Aragon pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and was sentenced by Judge Abigail Aragon. Both the plea and the sentencing took place on Aug. 22, Flores said.

  • Report calls for PRC reorganization

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico should reorganize the Public Regulation Commission and impose minimum qualifications on its members, according to a report released after a second elected regulator was forced from office.

    Jerome Block Jr.’s departure from the commission was the latest scandal to tarnish the regulatory agency, and the report by an independent think tank says it’s time to clean up the mess.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 3, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, October 2 — Keeping the faith of the forefathers of old, the members of the Jewish religion in Las Vegas today solemnly observed the day of atonement, or Yom Kippur. All stores and business houses in Las Vegas conducted by members of the Jewish faith were closed all day until sun down. The holy day began Sunday at sun down and special services were held in Temple Montefiore last evening and all day today. 

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 3, 2011

    Homecoming Week at Highlands University

    This week’s homecoming festivities for Highlands University begin with the painting of the “H” at 11 a.m. today (the public is invited) and concludes with the homecoming game against Adams State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Perkins Stadium. For more information about this week’s homecoming schedule, pick up a copy of “Homecoming 201l,” inserted into Friday’s Optic, or visit www.nmhu.edu.