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Today's News

  • Ex-Luna employees filed bias lawsuit

    A former Luna Community College employee has sued the school, alleging it systematically discriminates against Anglos.

    Hans Kuss, a former Luna student services counselor, is claiming institutional racism that includes discrimination against all non-Hispanics who attend or are employed by the college. The defendants are Luna and its former interim president, Sigfredo Maestas.

    The lawsuit, filed Sept. 29, states that shortly after Luna hired Kuss in early 2007, an official took Kuss out to dinner and continually emphasized that Kuss was Anglo.

  • A call for unity

    Head Start Director Joseph Griego wants to see more collaboration between programs that offer Las Vegas tots services.

    He said as it stands, there are still children in the community who aren’t being served, but that could change with a little more cooperation between child-care organizations.

  • Clinton group submits proposal

    A group of residents who want Sen. Hillary Clinton or President Clinton to come to town have come up with a proposal for such a visit.

    On Tuesday, Lorenzo Flores, co-chairman of Hillary Supporters for Obama, directed the proposal to Ben Ray Lujan, the Democratic candidate for northern New Mexico’s congressional district.

    Hillary Supporters believes a visit by either Clinton could help increase support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. They maintain that many Democrats in this area are now reluctant to vote for Obama, an Illinois senator.

  • Authorities say they rid Alamo of two crack houses

    Authorities have dismantled two crack houses on Alamo Street, resulting in the arrest of a “big fish,” an official said.

    Most of the suspects belong to the same family, local authorities said.

    Last Thursday, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed two search warrants at 510 and 418 Alamo Street.

  • West: No guard was on duty

    West Las Vegas officials thought they had a watchman on duty the night someone spray-painted graffiti over the high school’s outside walls.

    They were wrong.

    Because of scheduling confusion, no watchman was on duty last Wednesday night when someone spray-painted red and white graffiti on the school’s walls, Superintendent Jim Abreu said Tuesday.

    He said each watchman thought the other was supposed to work that night. Schedules change each month, and the vandalism occurred during the first night of October, he said.

  • Former official facing charges

    Former City Councilman Eugene Romero was arrested over the weekend after a dispute with a woman at his house, police say.

    Romero, 40, 300 Cumbres Patio, faces charges of false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor. The longtime councilman left office in March.

    Police responded to a call from Romero’s house shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.

  • Suspect's friend 'freaked out'

    Martin Chris Romero describes himself as “freaked out” after he found out that his friend reportedly fired the gunshot that killed a 6-year-old girl.

    But he didn’t call the police. Instead, he says he kept it a secret from the authorities until investigators asked about the murder months later.

    Romero testified on Monday during the preliminary hearing of David Levi Chavez, 507 New Mexico Ave., who has been charged with an open count of murder in the June 15 death of Jasmine Garcia.

  • City natural gas rates set to rise

    Count your heating bill as among those that will increase soon.

    City officials revealed that residents’ natural gas bills starting in November will increase by nearly 8 percent. They stressed that this hike was because of an increase in the price of natural gas.

    “No other city cost is expected to increase other than the cost of the natural gas,” City Manager Sharon Caballero told the City Council at last week’s meeting.

  • Governor speaks in Vegas

    Gov. Bill Richardson spoke to a crowd of about 100 Las Vegans during a stop in the Meadow City in a last big push to encourage Democrats to register to vote.

    Richardson told the Optic that Democrats in northern New Mexico are starting to really get enthusiastic about presidential candidate Barack Obama.

  • An eye for an eye: The death penalty

    The late Pope John Paul II had repeatedly called for the abolition of the state-administered death penalty. His voice along with many other voices was heard in Europe, and the EU abolished the death penalty. In 2005, during Holy Week, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops called for the abolition of the death penalty, and the group initiated a national campaign to educate Catholics on this issue.