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New mayor sworn into office Las Vegas Optic
Vince Howell was sworn in as the new mayor of Las Vegas at Wednesday’s regular City Council meeting. He will serve until a new mayor is elected in the March 3 municipal election.

Wednesday’s City Council meeting represented the beginning of a new era in the City of Las Vegas. Longtime councilor Vince Howell was sworn in to finish the term of former mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron, while Casandra Fresquez, who has been on administrative leave since March 2019, was welcomed back to her position as the city clerk. 

New Mayor

Las Vegas owes HUD $3.8 million Las Vegas Optic

The City of Las Vegas will be required to pay back nearly $4 million after national housing authorities determined the city misused federal funds, according to a letter sent to Las Vegas officials earlier this month. 

LVCS Board swears in new members Las Vegas Optic
Las Vegas City Schools swore in its new board Thursday night. Pictured from left: Robert Duran, Gabe Lucero, Judge Eddie Trujillo, Dennis Romero, Rick Armijo and Leroy Lujan.

The Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education swore in two incumbents and one new member in its regular board meeting Thursday evening. Dennis Romero, the former board president, Robert Duran, the former vice-president, and Rick Armijo, who is new to the board, were sworn in by Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo. 

Court date for former mayor postponed Las Vegas Optic

The preliminary hearing in the criminal case against former Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron has been postponed following a continuance filed by her attorney in District Court. 

Shooting sparked by ‘bad batch of meth’ Las Vegas Optic
Kelvin Jeffrey

A disagreement over tools and methamphetamine ended with one man being treated for a gunshot wound and another man facing criminal charges.

Kelvin L. Jeffrey, 27, was arrested Jan. 8 and charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, as well as misdemeanor negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, New Mexico State Police were called to Alta Vista Regional Hospital after a man with a gunshot wound was dropped off at the emergency room.

Martinez retains position as San Miguel County Co... Las Vegas Optic

Maria Martinez retained her position as the chairwoman of the San Miguel County Commission at Tuesday’s regular meeting, while Chris Najar will be taking over as the commission’s vice chairman. 

Honoring 'Mr. U' Las Vegas Optic
Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

Victor Ulibarri, better known as “Mr. U” to his students, was honored in a memorial walk around the West Las Vegas Schools track by students, fellow teachers, friends and family on Jan. 8. A West Las Vegas High School alumnus and long-time teacher at the middle school, Ulibarri was passionate about creating a positive impact at the school before he died at the beginning of the month. 

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