Local News

  • Scratcher tickets help boost lottery sales

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Lottery has managed to grow its overall sales in the face of industry-wide trends that have seen ticket sales for big jackpot games such as Powerball and Mega Millions take a nose dive, the state’s top lottery chief said Wednesday.

  • Help for veterans
  • Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge open to dove hunting

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 31, 2015

    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Bob’s Pizza” by Luisa Campbellz. All programs are free and open to the public.


  • Noticias - August 31, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Movie theater in the works

    If all goes according to plan, Las Vegas will once again have a movie theater by Thanksgiving.

    Work has already begun on converting the 131-year-old Victorian storefront at 146 Bridge St. into a 50-seat movie theater with platform seating. Elmo Baca, the Las Vegas native who has taken on the project, plans to call the new cinema Indigo Theater. He said his theater will screen current movies.

  • Area’s last Bataan survivor dies

    Those who knew Ed Hern best say there was no giving up in the man.

    Although the Las Vegas resident was already in his 90s, he was still riding horses and branding up until two years ago.

    In recent years he had survived a stroke, a heart attack, several bouts of pneumonia and internal bleeding, much to the surprise of his doctors.

  • Senior profile - Connie Chavez - Red Cross volunteer a real trooper

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Connie Chavez has spent her life caring for those in need of assistance.

    In June, Connie was awarded the American Red Cross Volunteer Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership. She also has a lanyard with various other pins she has earned during her years of service.

    She hopes to remain an American Red Cross Volunteer and says, with conviction, “I will continue to be until I can’t! I wanted to get into something lasting — something that will help people.”

  • Man killed by police was Maestas

    The search for 30-year-old Marvin Maestas is over.

    State police confirmed late Tuesday that Maestas, who was wanted on two felony warrants in Las Vegas, was the man shot and killed by officers  after exchanging gunfire with officers at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Authorities said officers and medical personnel rendered medical aid to Maestas, but he succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 28, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, Aug. 30 — A special committee on highway and recreation problems of Commerce Street will meet tonight to discuss the following problems anticipated by the Interstate 25 bypass through Las Vegas: How much a resident can expect in compensation for his property; where a resident can relocate to. Steps necessary in accommodating relocation; and what agencies are available to assist in relocation problems and terms of assistance.