Local News

  • East staff upset with proposals

    Educators at Las Vegas City Schools are up in arms over what they’re calling “destructive cutbacks” that the district has proposed during negotiations with the union.

    The district is currently in negotiations with the National Education Association-LVCS chapter over the coming school year’s contract.

  • Senior profile - Julian and Joann Rains - Decades of Rains in the Meadow City

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    For more than three decades, Julian Rains and his wife, Joann, have immersed themselves in the world of Little League, devoting their time, energy and resources to hundreds of youngsters.

  • Burglary case sent to district court

    A 36-year-old Las Vegas man accused of stealing items from the motel where he was working had his case bound over to District Court last week.

    Mark Durant, who resides on the 1200 block of Grand Avenue, has been locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center since May 10.

    He is facing three counts of residential burglary and one count of larceny of more than $2,500, all third-degree felonies, one count of possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

  • Reunion parade grand marshals picked

    Submitted to the Optic

    Organizers of the Las Vegas Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration have selected G.M. “Dogie” Jones and Ricardo Alarid as the grand marshals for the non-motorized, hundred-horse parade that will kick off the 100th anniversary celebration on Aug. 1.

    Jones and Alarid will lead the Parade through the streets of Las Vegas along with a host of dignitaries made up of past-Reunion participants and officials.

  • Udall: Normal relations with Cuba ‘weeks away’

    By Ben Fox
    The Associated Press

    HAVANA — The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.

  • More moisture in New Mexico a boon for farmers, fish

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    It has been nearly five years since conditions in New Mexico have been this favorable, with extreme drought now gone and nearly one-third of the state drought-free.

    A combination of back-to-back spring showers, less wind and late-season snowfall have helped to ease drought conditions in most parts of the state, forecasters with the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

    The welcomed moisture has helped to fill streams and reservoirs, which is good news for farmers and fish.

  • Looking Back - May 29, 2015

    In 1965

    Thursday, May 27 — Thirteen eighth-graders comprise the final graduating class for Immaculate Conception School. The graduation exercises this morning, at the Immaculate Conception Church will mark the closing of the school, which was founded in 1921. The graduates are Maureen Halm, Colleen Halm, Susan Slade, Sandra Umshied, Lorraine Martinez, Dorothy Garcia, Elizabeth Harris, Shirley Wootton, Rita Estrada, Michael Maestas, Robert Dominguez, Robert Sanchez and James Chandler.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 29, 2015

    Veterans Benefits Fair set for Saturday

    A Veterans Benefits Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All veterans, Guard/Reserve members, transitioning active-duty personnel, families and caregivers are encouraged to attend this free “one-stop” informational fair.

  • Weather - May 29, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 46. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Northeast wind 10-15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

  • In Brief - News - May 29, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Girl missing from Albuquerque

    The family of a missing Albuquerque girl is asking for the public’s help in locating her.
    Skye Sedillo-Gallegos, 16, was last seen by her family on May 19.
    Dolores Gallegos, her grandmother, said Sedillo-Gallegos lives in Albuquerque with her son. She said her granddaughter has been seen in Las Vegas with her boyfriend.
    “She’s never been gone this long,” Gallegos said. “We just want her home safe.”