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Today's News

  • City supervisor pleads guilty

    Las Vegas’ wastewater utility supervisor has pleaded guilty to embezzlement at the city. He reportedly remains on the job.

    Steve Medina, 41, admitted to a petty misdemeanor embezzlement charge in Magistrate Court last week.

    According to court documents, authorities were called to investigate the embezzlement on July 28. Days later, Medina admitted that he had another city employee work on his car on city time, documents state. The work on Medina’s vehicle lasted about two hours.

  • Paper says it’ll provide ‘positive perspective’

    The Meadow City Independent came out with its first edition on April 2, promising to provide the community with an “unbiased and positive perspective.”

    The managing editor, Eric Valdez, says he wants the weekly newspaper to spotlight the stories of local residents.

    “We would like to focus on everyone from kids to senior citizens. We could learn so much from everyone in the community,” he said. “There are children out there who are improving their grades, and if you give them a little credit for it, that may change their life.”

  • Mora assessor reports glitch

    The Mora County assessor’s office recently sent out thousands of notices of valuation to property owners, but many of them listed the wrong taxable values.

    As-sessor Angela Romero said this week that the company that printed the notices accidentally left off the last number of some taxable values. For example, a property with a taxable value of $50,000 would appear as $5,000.

    She said this problem could have affected as many as 3,700 of the 8,242 notices sent out.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Teaching lessons beyond the classroom

    Peter Skelton has been teaching at Memorial Middle School for the last three years, but the impact of his work doesn’t stop at the campus door. His love for Mother Nature spills over into everything he does inside and outside the classroom.

    Memorial Middle School Principal Sandra Madrid said, “He has become an integral part of our school, he’s a natural teacher, even though he’s never taught before. He enjoys what he does and is always thinking of new ways to teach. He’s never idle, never, and has become part of our family.”

  • Reports focus on school officials’ response

    What did they know? When did they know it? Reports by the state police and the Las Vegas City Schools district give indications of when Robertson High School’s football coaches and district administrators reportedly became aware of attacks at a team camp last year. The attacks involved players sodomizing others with broomsticks.

  • EDITORIAL: Dems should clean up act

    On Saturday, Martin Suazo was re-elected as the chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party. That victory doesn’t change the fact that it’s time for the party to clean up its act.

    By our reading of state statutes, a number of delegates violated the law by participating as delegates. This is likely a problem elsewhere, but our local party should lead the way by insisting on the highest standards.

  • WORK OF ART: Protocol, schmotocol

    Few things took precedence last week over the details of the visit by President Obama and the First Lady to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

    The economy, bailouts, the war in Afghanistan, the G20 Summit: All of these paled as talk-show hosts and columnists spent days purely pondering protocol.

  • Cheer, drill teams back from state

    West Las Vegas’ co-ed cheer team placed third among Class 3A teams with 619 points at this past weekend’s NMAA State Spirit Competition in Rio Rancho.

    The WLV squad accumulated 336 points on the first day, tied for second, and then tallied 283 on day two. Hope Christian and Bloomfield finished first and second with 696 and 652 points, respectively.

    Robertson’s co-ed cheer squad was fifth with 554 points, just behind Raton (576).

  • Block’s dad a target in state inquiry

    When it comes to the state’s grand jury investigation into his campaign finances, Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. now has some company.

    Je-rome Block Sr., the official’s father and a former member of the PRC himself, has been named as a target of the same grand jury that is investigating his son.

    On Monday, the Optic’s managing editor, David Giuliani, received his second subpoena to testify before the grand jury, which is set to reconvene today. Both of the Blocks’ names were listed as targets of the investigation.

  • East school officials charged; superintendent's lawyer criticizes state

    The district attorney’s office on Monday charged Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, the athletic director and three former coaches in connection with attacks at a football camp last year.

    Romero, Athletic Director Michael Yara, former head coach Ray Woods and former assistant coaches Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman are each facing a misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse or neglect.