Local News

  • City submits claim for water damage

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    The City of Las Vegas recently submitted an insurance claim for water damage to the city’s offices that occurred in late March.

    On the morning of March 31, city maintenance staff arrived at the offices and discovered water on floors in much of the building. A copper fitting at the base of a water fountain failed sometime during overnight hours, causing flooding in several offices that went undetected until the early morning hours.

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  • Weather - May 31, 2017


    HIGH 72° / LOW 48°
    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent of less than a tenth of an inch.
    5:47 a.m. to 8:11 p.m.


  • Wagon Mound to host meeting about wells

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    A group of Wagon Mound-area residents have pooled some of the resources in an attempt to block a proposed irrigation plan for farming.

    Tracy Seidman, whose family owns land southeast of Wagon Mound, is helping lead a group of ranchers and others in the area in opposition to a plan that includes drilling two new wells on property located near I-25 by Robert Quintana.

  • Contando historias - An area musician started playing in public more than 40 years ago

    Old habits die hard.

    When you’ve been pleasing people with your music for more than four decades, there’s little reason to stop — or even slow down.

    Florian Castillo, who’ll turn 64 in August, has been a fixture of the Las Vegas music scene since 1975, when he first began performing in public.

    The Tecolotito native and lifelong area resident actually got his start while a teenager growing up among relatives like his grandfather Demetrio and others who were musicians.

  • Lawmakers urge governor to reinstate funding

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers sent a long list of budget-balancing measures — including new taxes on internet sales and gasoline — to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday, seeking an agreement that would restore vetoed funding to all state universities and the Legislature itself.

    The Legislature recessed for the long weekend, giving Martinez until Tuesday to pick and choose among remedies and reinstate $765 million in spending cuts.

  • Baca sentenced to 7 years in sex case

    Benjamin Baca, the 76-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration against mentally ill women, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

    The sentence is the maximum allowable under terms of a plea agreement reached in February. District Judge Matt Sandoval, in ordering the sentence on Friday, called the case "disturbing."

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  • In Brief - News - May 28, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gianforte wins by six points
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Republican businessman won the state’s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats’ hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year.

    Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill.