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Today's News

  • Panthers 3-0 after spanking Prep

    Pecos improved to 3-0 in district play with a 70-57 win over Santa Fe Prep Wednesday night in the City Different.

    Senior guard Tim Baca got the Panthers off and running with eight of his game-high 23 points in the opening period as Pecos led 14-11 after one. The Panthers built a 30-25 advantage at intermission and Joseph Gonzales scored six of his 17 points in the third period as Pecos led 47-35 at the end of three quarters.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We, the family of J. Richard “Ricky” DeHerrera, would like to express our sincere thanks to all the people for their prayers, cards, food, phone calls, visits, and overall love. We appreciate all you have done for us in our time of need. We would like to thank all of his doctors who helped him in his long fight with diabetes.

  • State official’s status in question

    The state hospital’s deputy administrator has been gone for more than a week, but state Health Department officials aren’t saying why.

    For the last couple of years, Isaac Apodaca has been in charge of public relations and staff development at the hospital.

    He is the only deputy administrator, but he is not considered the second in command, said Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator. The second in command is Anthony Martinez, the clinical director.

  • Luna trustee says he wanted to resolve overcharge

    Tony Valdez, a member of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees, said Tuesday that he didn’t get any favors when he sought a resolution for a huge spike in his sewer bills.

    He was responding to a controversy about his utilities account that is developing between Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Andrew Feldman, a Luna employee.

    According to a Sept. 26 e-mail from Marquez to then-City Manager Sharon Caballero, the mayor requested that the city manager work to resolve a problem with Valdez’s account.

  • COLUMN: Voters wanted change

    Did voters send a message that they want change during last week’s school board elections?

    At first glance, one would think that they went with the status quo: Two of the three incumbents running in the East and West districts trounced their opponents.

    Ultimately, however, I still believe that 2009 was a year that voters showed they wanted change.

  • EDITORIAL: Why was it burdensome?

    Often, people accuse the media of having an agenda. And in the Optic’s case, they are absolutely right. Our agenda is simple: Promote open government.

    On Jan. 26, Las Vegas resident Leith Johnson submitted a public records request to the city government for “all records pertaining to the collection of the one-fourth of 1 percent gross receipts tax specially to be applied to water.”

    She asked, “How much has been collected since the (tax) law was passed? How much interest has been earned on the money? How has any or all of it been used?”

  • HU to have book exchange

    February is Library Lovers Month, and Highlands University’s Donnelly Library is offering anyone in Las Vegas a chance to exchange books they’ve read for brand-new reads.

    Associate librarian Ying Griego said anyone in town can participate in the free book exchange and may take as many books as they bring in. A dropoff box is now in place at the information counter until Feb. 23. The book exchange will take place from Feb. 24-28.

  • Others may have known

    A woman claiming to have been sexually harassed by Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez said she had been harassed previously by Lopez and that she only reapplied for the job because a Las Vegas City Schools board member said Lopez would not harass her a second time.

    The woman’s attorney, Merit Bennett, said the school board member knew about Lopez’s alleged harassment.

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  • City officials trade barbs

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman says he still doesn’t have the documents from the case against the now-fired utilities director, George Du Four.

    In pushing to dismiss Du Four last week, Mayor Tony Marquez said the director had violated city ordinance by approving adjustments to customer bills. He provided no other details.

    Feldman and Councilwoman Diane Moore voted against firing Du Four, while council members Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal supported the dismissal. Marquez broke the tie in favor of firing Du Four.