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Today's News

  • Police: Chacon man beat up wife

    A Chacon man is accused of beating up his wife after drinking, state police said.

    Roger Romero, 48, was charged with four counts of aggravated battery against a household member and interference with communications.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, Romero kicked his wife out of his home after beating her up on May 13.

  • West board picks schools leader

    The West Las Vegas school board chose a familiar face to take the district’s reins.

    In a unanimous vote, the board on Monday selected the district’s former associate superintendent, Ruben Cordova, as the new superintendent. That was after the board had interviewed candidates behind closed doors earlier that day.

    “It seems like he (Cordova) will fit well. He’s already been here. He doesn’t have to learn the system,” board member Gary Gold said.

  • Adult softball

    The following are upcoming city league adult softball games sponsored by the City of Las Vegas Recreation Department. Games are held nightly Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Rodriguez Park Softball Complex off of Grant Street.

    Scores will be published as reported to the Optic.

    The season began Monday, May 24.

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

    Men’s division: Buzzards vs. Tecolote, 6:15 p.m.; Vegas Boyz vs. DB’s Milkmen, 7:30 p.m.; Blaze vs. Dream Team, 8:45 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MAY 27

  • West board says it's being underpaid

    West Las Vegas board members sparred with their business manager last week, saying they were being underpaid.

    Business Manager Dawn Biagianti said the district paid board members for 18 meetings, but that it is supposed to pay for one meeting a month.

    “That’s why I budgeted what I did,” Biagianti said during a school board meeting.

    Board members disagreed.

  • Letter: ID needed for a lot of things

    I am asked to show identification: When I show up for a doctor’s appointment; when filling out a credit card or loan application; when applying for or renewing a drivers license or passport; when applying for any kind of insurance; when filling out college applications; when donating blood; when obtaining certain prescription drugs; when making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state; and when collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.

  • WLV fires volleyball coach

    It’s a familiar refrain: West Las Vegas High School is reportedly looking for a new head volleyball coach.

    The school relieved Brian Gurule of his coaching duties late this past week, the coach confirmed Friday.

    Gurule took over the program in 2008, his second time at the helm, and had coached the last two seasons. The Lady Dons were 7-14 this past fall.

    “I’m disappointed,” he said. “But you’ve just got to move on. I wish the girls the best of luck.”

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    THURSDAY, MAY 20

    La Plaza majors: Yankees 11, Angels 9

    La Plaza minors: Marlins 15, A’s 0

    FRIDAY, MAY 21

    La Plaza minors: Angels 17, Indians 3; Cubs 14, Yankees 3

    Upcoming games:

    MONDAY, MAY 24

    La Plaza majors: Rockies vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

    La Plaza minors: Cubs vs. Giants, 5:30 p.m.; Indians vs. Marlins, 8:30 p.m.

  • Council keeps workers' perk

    The City Council last week rejected a proposal that would have ended the benefit in which employees can use the recreation center for free.

    Sixty to 80 employees use the rec center each month — a free benefit for both workers and city retirees. But officials proposed that employees and retirees pay a discounted price for the services.

    Under the officials’ proposal, city employees would pay $15 a month to use the rec center, instead of the $30 rate for other customers. Additional family members would get in for $10 a month.

  • RHS grads claimed victories, suffered 'unthinkable blow'

    At Robertson High School’s graduation on Friday night, speakers noted the winning sports teams and academic achievements. And they gave particular credit to the nationally acclaimed FFA club.

    But Leah Lucero, a graduating senior and a top academic achiever, also talked about the “unthinkable blow” to Robertson at the beginning of her class’ junior year.

  • Graham heads to nationals in outdoor track

    New Mexico Highlands University track All-American Angella Graham has qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in four events — the heptathlon, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls’ 400-meter relay team, a provisional qualifier, found itself on the outside looking in.

    The national meet is May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.