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  • Coca is All-American in 3,000

    Moises Coca of Las Vegas is back in his hometown after placing in two distance runs in this past week’s USATF Junior Olympic national outdoor track and field competition held in Greensboro, N.C.

    Coca, who’ll be a junior this fall at West Las Vegas High, represented the Meadow City Track Club.

    Notably, Coca ran 12th overall in the boys’ 3,000-meter run (age 15-16) with a time of 9:30.86 in the finals Thursday morning, July 25. There were 46 runners in the finals.

  • Massive embezzlement found

    A former employee of Rogers Mortuary has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the company in a massive embezzlement scheme that went undetected for years, court documents reveal.

    Molly Martinez, 62, who according to court documents resides in an apartment complex on the 2500 block of Carmean, has been charged with 31 counts of embezzlement over $2,5000, all third-degree felonies; 30 counts of embezzlement over $500, all fourth-degree felonies, and a single count of fraud over $20,000, a second-degree felony. She has pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.

  • Senior profile - Grover and Carol Durham

    For the Optic

    Since moving to Las Vegas, on a “toss of the coin” decision in August of 2001, Grover and Carol Durham have settled into their comfortable, refurbished home.

    Originally, the structure had been one of the officers’ mess halls, built for troops stationed at Camp Luna during WWII, but one would never have guessed it by the looks of it now.

  • Luna chair says he can’t be ousted

    You voted for him, you’re stuck with him.

    That was the message Luna Community College attorney Tony Ortiz gave to members of the board of trustees pushing to remove Chairman Abelino Montoya from his board leadership post, and that legal advice sparked more bickering between Montoya and board members Ernie Chavez and Dan Romero.

    But this time the bickering played out in front of the state’s higher education cabinet secretary and representatives of the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority, Luna’s insurer.

  • Child injured in hit-and-run

    Las Vegas police continue to investigate a hit-and-run that occurred at 7 p.m. last Friday that resulted in an 8-year-old boy being transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital with head and leg injures.

  • 147 signatures reinstated on recall petition

    City Clerk Casandra Fresquez  informed the governing body on Monday that she has reinstated 147 signatures on the petition to recall Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, but even with those additional signatures, there weren’t enough valid signatures to force a recall election.

  • Night visitor
  • In Brief - News - June 21, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Murder victim has ties to Vegas
    ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say one of two men found fatally shot at an Albuquerque home apparently shot himself after calling 911 to say he’d just shot the other man.
    Responding officers found both men dead, each with a gunshot wound to the head.
    Police say Henry Aragon, 58,  called 911 late Monday. He said he’d shot 38-year-old Antonio Trujillo, who also lived at the home. Aragon was heard yelling at Trujillo not to die.

  • Jail Log - July 26, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 15 and July 22:

    Paul Martinez, 33, hold for transport 60-day evaluation
    Marcus Washington, 22, failure to appear
    Jenny Montaño, 27, failure to report, failure to pay fines, Adult Probation Office/Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Joseph Herrera, 46, Behavioral Health Institute/Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Diana Waverly, 52, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
    Darrell Treadwell, 41, assault on a household member

  • Looking Back - July 26, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, July 23 — A reception honoring the Rev. Fr. Eugene Guerin was held Sunday at the Our Lady of Sorrows rectory, with more than 1,000 attending. The young priest, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Guerin, Montezuma Road, was born and reared in Las Vegas. He recently returned from five years of study in Rome, where he was ordained by the late Pope John last Dec. 19.