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Today's News

  • Gold leaving as police chief

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Today is Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold’s last day as chief.

    For much of the year, he has talked about retiring. He gave notice a few weeks ago that he would.

     

    Technically, he is with the city until Dec. 31 because of his accumulated leave. 

     

    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño will assume the role of interim chief. He said he will apply for the permanent position. 

  • Gold speaks to controversial issues

    On marijuana legalization and consolidation

     

    In an interview this week, Gary Gold, the Las Vegas police chief and West Las Vegas school board member, took positions on divisive issues:

     

    Gold said he was open-minded to legalization of marijuana, as long as the government enacted strict regulation of the drug. 

     

    “It’s crazy to do the drug, but we need to re-evaluate our tactics because we’re not winning the war on drugs,” the chief said.

  • Gold speaks to controversial issues

    On marijuana legalization and consolidation

     

    In an interview this week, Gary Gold, the Las Vegas police chief and West Las Vegas school board member, took positions on divisive issues:

     

    Gold said he was open-minded to legalization of marijuana, as long as the government enacted strict regulation of the drug. 

     

    “It’s crazy to do the drug, but we need to re-evaluate our tactics because we’re not winning the war on drugs,” the chief said.

  • Suggestions for the naming of Highlands buildings

     

  • Above & Beyond: Edwardo Gallegos

    By Don Pace

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Sierra Vista Elementary School fourth-grader Edwardo Gallegos stood before the Las Vegas Schools board last week expressing his concern and possible remedies to curb bullying at his school.

     

    “We are having some serious problems at my school. We have a lot of students who like to bully other students, and don’t respect others,” Gallegos told the board. 

     

  • Names suggested for buildings

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Highlands University has received 24 suggestions for names for the new dorms and the student union building under construction.

     

    A few months ago, the regents sought suggestions from the public for the naming of the new buildings. That’s in contrast to past practice, where only insiders were involved. 

     

  • HU tries to define at-will employees

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Highlands University’s administration is proposing to change the school’s personnel policy to define those who aren’t covered by the usual employee protections. 

     

    Those not getting normal protections are known as exempt employees — who are appointed and fired at will. 

     

  • Cowgirls reach RMAC semis

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    It has been a week of firsts for the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer program.

     

    • First Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year nod ... to junior Julissa Rodriguez, who was tied for the league lead in scoring as of Wednesday night with 14 goals.

     

    • First RMAC Coach of the Year honors ... for Justin Wagar, who’s in his second season at the helm.

     

  • Weekend loaded with local sports

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Long regarded as the prime rib of Meadow City sporting events, Vegas Bowl rarely has to share the plate with any other local happening when it rolls around on the calendar.

     

    Not this time.

     

    The weekend ahead is an all-you-can-watch buffet for local sports fans.

     

  • Bustos nabs RMAC honor

    Submitted to the Optic

     

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former West Las Vegas star Vera Jo Bustos was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year and her Grizzlies, coming off the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, were picked to win the league, according to the 2010-11 preseason coaches’ poll released by conference officials on Monday.