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Today's News

  • Lawsuit alleges civil rights violations

    The ongoing dispute between a state police officer and the mother of his two children is now the subject of a federal lawsuit.

    Rebecca Montoya filed a lawsuit earlier this year against Tom Lucero and state police. The lawsuit alleges that Montoya suffered a broken right wrist and other injuries when Lucero tried to arrest her outside the Las Vegas police station on Sept. 29, 2010. Montoya was nine months pregnant at the time and the suit alleges that Lucero attacked her while she was holding her then-17-month-old daughter.

  • Vegas native killed in Sunday rollover

    A 29-year-old Las Vegas native was killed Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident, state police said.

    Anthony Otero, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    State police Lt. Robert McDonald said police were notified of the accident just before 8 a.m. on Sunday. It occurred on a frontage road, about a mile south of Las Vegas.  

    Otero was driving a 2004 Lexus. McDonald said it left the roadway for some reason and rolled about three times. Otero was ejected.

  • Teacher aide cleared in student’s slapping

    The Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO  — A former special education assistant in Alamogordo who was accused of battery for striking an autistic girl she said kicked her in the groin and knocked her glasses off has been acquitted by a jury.

    The Otero County jury acquitted Nancy Carroll of the misdemeanor charge after a one-day trial late last week, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

    Prosecutors alleged that Carroll intentionally slapped the 12-year-old girl in the face during the July 11 incident.

  • East bus driver detained

    A 53-year-old Las Vegas City Schools bus driver was detained Monday morning after city police received a report that she was driving recklessly while transporting students, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The driver was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for a blood test to determine whether she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Montaño said charges in the case are pending further investigation, including the results of that blood test. Police suspect she may have been on prescription medication.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 7, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Sun and the Wind” retold by Mairi Mackinnon. Free and open to the public.
    • Fine Art Print Lecture Series by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of New Mexico Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The talk will be on “Fine Art Prints with a Musical Theme.” For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • African American legacy celebrated at local gallery

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery features the pictorial history exhibit, New Mexico’s African American Legacy – Visible, Vital and Valuable, with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

    The Ray Drew Gallery is in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15, 2013. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Noticias - Nov. 7, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Free afterschool programming will be offered by United World College faculty and students to Las Vegas youth. Aprender Jugando: From 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Old Town Mission. Learn Spanish through games. Open to ages 5 to 12, for any Spanish level. Homework Help: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Travelers Café. UWC students can help with homework in any subject for any grade level. Las Vegas Children’s Chorus: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Old Town Mission. Ages 6 to 12.

  • Eliminate the College

    Understand that this is being written before Tuesday’s election results, so we don’t know the outcome at the time of this writing. For all we know, one of them could have won the popular vote but not enough electoral votes, making his opponent the victor in a bifurcated election. It happens — see the 2000 election, when Al Gore won the popular vote and George W. Bush won the Electoral College.

    That’s what we want to write about on this day-after day — that antiquated relic of an 18th century solution called the Electoral College. We’d like to see it dissolved.

  • Work of Art - You’ll get a whole dollar

    As part of a let’s-be-friendly gesture, I once asked my then-next-door neighbor, James, if he’d help me unload some lumber from my pickup.

    I’d bought several pieces of wood to shore up our fence, and as I noticed him sipping Sun Tea on his porch, I sweetened the offer:

    “And if you help me, I’ll give you a whole dollar.”

    “A whole dollar?” James asked. “How about if I give you a whole dollar to leave me alone?” That’s how neighbors in Camp Luna get along. By the way, he did help me unload — a three-minute job — but refused my magnanimous whole dollar offer.

  • Lobos handle Highlands in Pit

    Despite three Cowboys in double-digit scoring, New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team was no match for host University of New Mexico on Monday night in The Pit.

    The Lobos never trailed and led by as many as 28 points in taking the exhibition game 92-70 over their Division II cousins from up I-25.

    Foul trouble was a significant disparity Monday. The Cowboys were whistled for 33 compared to the Lobos’ 16. UNM made 35 of 48 free throws, while Highlands attempted just nine, making four.