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Today's News

  • Applicant mired in controversy

    One of the candidates for West Las Vegas superintendent is in jeopardy of losing her licenses. But she’s fighting the allegations against her.

    Kaye Peery, who is on paid leave as the superintendent of Zuni Pueblo schools, is among seven applicants for the West position. She makes $130,000 a year.

    She was placed on leave in January 2009 after allegations of misspending and improper hiring surfaced. The Zuni district, which is south of Gallup, has had an interim leader since that time, in effect paying for two superintendents.

  • Police: Suspect holds beer can to end

    Abel Herrera still had a can of Budweiser in his left hand after he crashed over the weekend, state police said.

    Herrera, 37, was being pursued by a couple of state police officers when he got into the accident on the Eighth Street Extension in Los Vigiles, authorities said.

    Abel Anthony Herrera, 37, was pronounced dead soon after the crash, police said.

    Officers believe he was intoxicated at the time of the accident on late Saturday night.

  • Letter: Two candidates were impressive

    After attending the forum presenting candidates for County Commissioner, I was very impressed by two candidates for District One, either one of which I wish I could vote for. (I don’t live in District One; I do not know either candidate personally.)

  • Alleged ringleader expected to enter deal

    Michael Gallegos, the alleged ringleader in the assaults at a 2008 Robertson High School football camp, is expected to enter a plea agreement next week, a victim’s parent says.

    A hearing for Gallegos is slated for 9 a.m. Monday in Santa Fe’s District Court.

    Gallegos and five others were accused of sodomizing underclassmen during the camp in 2008.

    A father of one of the victims said he had been informed this week that Gallegos will be entering a plea agreement. He referred a reporter to prosecutor Henry Valdez for details; Valdez declined to comment.

  • Letter: Son encourages vote for his father

    I recently retired as a sergeant major after 30 years of military service, including several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m a recipient of the Bronze Star. I came back to Las Vegas to be closer to my family and, of course, the good food.

    I would like to take this opportunity to ask you for your support in electing my father, Joe A. Lucero (Yunta), as our next county commissioner for District 1. He is a true professional and will lead by example.

  • Letter: A joke, quote or sign of some kind

    I love collecting quotes, jokes and signs. I once saw a huge sign on an open gate, which read, “Keep Gate Closed.”

    I read something like that in the Optic recently but I’m not sure if it’s a quote, a joke or a sign.

    In an article entitled, “Judge named for animal control case,” I see the City Council voted to appoint an attorney, a former Las Vegas resident, to preside over a case in Las Vegas specifically because he is not familiar with Las Vegas.

  • NMHU to host girls' hoops camp

    Girls’ basketball players ages 5 to 18 are invited to take part in a summer skills camp hosted and presented by New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s basketball program.

    The camp will be held Tuesday, June 1, through Thursday, June 3, at the Wilson Complex on the NMHU campus.

    For those age 5 to 10, the Junior Deputy Camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon each of the three days. Cost is $50 a player.

    For those age 11 to 18, the Cowgirl Camp runs from 1 to 5 p.m. those days. Cost is $65 a player.

  • Above and Beyond: Pair graduating a year early

    The original plan for Alma Sanchez and Phylisia Dimas was to graduate in 2011.

    But they defied expectations.

    Sanchez of West Las Vegas High School and Dimas of Robertson High School are walking the line in their respective commencement ceremonies this weekend — a year early.

    Sanchez and Dimas are among a growing number of Las Vegas high school students taking advantage of the access to dual-credit classes offered at Luna Community College and Highlands University.

  • Little League

    Las Vegas Optic

    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.

    MONDAY, MAY 17

    La Plaza majors: Dodgers 18, Angels 0

    La Plaza minors: Yankees 19, A’s 1; Cubs 14, Indians 5

    Las Vegas majors: Reds vs. Mets postponed due to lightning; Rockies 14, Giants 0

    Las Vegas softball: Stars 15, Longhorns 14

    TUESDAY, MAY 18

    La Plaza minors: Indians 11, Giants 1

  • AG: City may have broken law

    The state attorney general’s office says the Las Vegas City Council may have violated the state’s open meetings law in early 2009.

    The Open Meetings Act requires governing bodies in New Mexico to discuss most of their business in public at advertised meetings. The intention of the law is to ensure the public knows what’s going on with their taxpayer-supported entities.

    However, the attorney general’s office believes two e-mail discussions among then-Mayor Tony Marquez and a majority of council members appeared to be in violation of state law.