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Today's News

  • HU athlete accused of breaking into house

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    A former Highlands University football player was arrested over the weekend on a charge of breaking into the Raynolds Avenue house of Associate Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey

    Fernando Vargas, 22, of Carson, Calif., was taken to the San Miguel County jail. He was arrested a day after his birthday.

  • Bail lowered for Mora County sex crimes suspect

    A district judge lowered the bail for a Cleveland, N.M., man who is accused of sexual assaulting children in three cases.

    Judge Eugenio Mathis lowered Clifford Gutierrez’s bond from $1 million to $300,000. That means Gutierrez, 34, will have to come up with 10 percent in cash, or $30,000, or provide real property worth $300,000 in collateral, the judge said.

    If Gutierrez is able to get out of jail, he would be barred from living in San Miguel or Mora counties, Mathis said.

  • Program available for residents

    State Farm Co. has presented the Las Vegas Fire Department with a $7,000 grant.

    This grant is part of the charitable efforts of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and State Farm Companies Foundation called the “Good Neighbor Citizenship,” according to a press release.

    The foundation concentrates on disaster prevention and recovery services. The use of this grant is for the establishment of the Las Vegas Fire Department’s Fire Safety Community Outreach Program, which started Tuesday.

  • Going International

    Twenty-five flags from around the world fly at a monument on the Highlands University representing the diversity of students attending classes at the Las Vegas campus. Now, President Jim Fries is looking to expand opportunities for even more international students, including those from China.

  • Second in command aims for top job

    The second in command at the Las Vegas City Schools is submitting her name for the superintendent’s position.

    Associate Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey is working behind the scenes for her candidacy to replace Superintendent Pete Campos, who will become president of Luna Community College in July.

    The district is advertising the superintendent’s position and has promised a statewide search.

  • Attorney makes arguments for secrecy

    A majority of the Las Vegas City Schools board says it wants to make public the names of all applicants for the superintendent’s position, but the district’s lawyer is making arguments in favor of secrecy.

    In a letter dated Friday, Ramon Vigil Jr., the attorney for the City Schools, said the board would discuss the matter at its April 10 meeting and then make a decision. His letter was in response to an Optic public records request.

  • Council to look at water proposal

    The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday will learn about a rancher’s proposal to lease his wells to the city, an idea some say could help solve the community’s water supply problem.

    A representative of the Haywood Consulting Group will present the proposal at the council’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

    Andrew Milliken’s ranch southwest of Las Vegas would essentially piggyback on the city’s existing water rights at the nearby Taylor Wells, according to the proposal.

  • Bingaman focuses on energy

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., met with Las Vegas officials and media outlets during his visit Friday. He also made a stop at Robertson High School, where he toured the campus and gave students a chance to ask questions about national and world affairs.

    “I thought I’d take a few minutes and mention a few of the things that are going on in Washington that I think affect your opportunities for the future,” Bingaman said.

  • Obama, race and America

    Last Monday, almost four score ago, Csar Chvez was born. Then, forty years ago this Friday, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. And in between one man’s birthday and another man’s death, the world was changed for the better.Chvez and King started out as victims of the brutal racism that once helped define America, but they stood up to their oppressors and led their people to higher ground.

  • Las Vegas police investigating break-in at Serf Theatre

    Las Vegas police said they are investigating a burglary of the Serf Theatre on Douglas Street, which took place last week.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department has a suspect in the burglary. He said he didn’t want to provide details yet of the incident because it may compromise the investigation.

    The Serf Theatre, owned by Las Vegas resident Edward Maloof, has been unoccupied for much of the last three years.