Local News

  • Legislative session heating up

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    One lawmaker compared the repeal of a New Mexico immigrant driver’s license law to the Holocaust. A state senator said the appointment of a new child welfare leader was “a slap in the face” to abused children.

    Despite initial calls for bipartisanship, the opening days of a divided New Mexico Legislature have been heated.

  • Proposed law seeks payment from insurance companies for vaccines

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Health insurance companies would have to help the state purchase vaccines for privately insured children in New Mexico under legislation proposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

    New Mexico is among a handful of states that operate universal vaccine purchasing programs aimed at boosting immunization rates. But here, paying into the program is voluntary.

    Lawmakers say that needs to change to ensure the state has enough funding to cover the vaccine needs of all New Mexico children.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 9, 2015

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    RHS gun scare causes lockdown
    Robertson High School and nearby Paul D. Henry Elementary were put on lock down Friday morning after the school was notified that there a gun was on campus.
    Superintendent Ruben Cordova said a BB gun was found in the trunk of a vehicle on the high school campus. He said the Las Vegas Police Department was on scene during the lock down and was able to track down the gun.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 9, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, Feb. 8 — Las Vegas received two and a half inches of snow yesterday afternoon and last night. The low last night was 18, the high yesterday 47, and the 11 a.m. reading today was 23. The U.S. Weather Bureau issued a hazardous driving warning for north and east portions of the state. Roads today were open, but slick and treacherous.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 9, 2015

    Rotary Club’s lasagna fundraiser is Thursday
    Rotary Club’s annual lasagna lunch and dinner fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Hillcrest Restaurant’s Flamingo Room. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any Rotary Club member or at the door. There will be a silent auction for both lunch and dinner. Dinner entertainment will be by UWC-USA students.

  • Weather - Feb. 9, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

  • Bullying alleged at East schools

    Several parents whose children attend East-side schools are alleging that their children are being bullied and that their complaints about the problem are falling on deaf ears.

    And they are also worried that the Las Vegas City Schools District isn’t taking threats seriously. In one instance, a student allegedly threatened to take guns to Robertson High School and shoot other students.

    Parents like Deddie Rivera and Rebecca Short told the Optic late last week that they are worried about their children’s safety.

  • $100,000 donation - ‘Investing in Vegas’ rich potential’

    When Allan Affeldt crossed paths with United World College-USA President Mukul Kumar in mid-December, Affeldt asked how the college’s fundraising campaign was going.

    Several months earlier, philanthropist Shelby Davis, a longtime supporter of UWC-USA, had pledged to donate $1 million to the college if it were to raise $1 million from other donors.

    Kumar, who took over as the college’s president in October, told Affeldt that they were a little short of the fundraising goal.

  • HU embarks on planning initiative

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University has embarked on a planning initiative aimed at increasing enrollment and strengthening its partnership with Las Vegas and the surrounding communities.

    The first community forum for Highlands Vision 2020 — the university’s five-year strategic planning process — is Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the university’s Sala de Madrid building at 801 University Ave. (southwest corner of Eighth Street and University). Free pizza and beverages will be served.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 6, 2015

    In 1965