Local News

  • Artbark fundraiser set for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic
    Ever wonder how you can help out local strays? No time to volunteer at the shelter? Do you like art and a good time? Dig out those polished boots and gold lamé shoes, and come enjoy live music and gourmet catered food at Artbark in Las Vegas, where you can bid and win art works donated by local and national artists.

  • Upcoming and Ongoing- August 7. 2015

    •  A World Breastfeeding Week Event Co-hosted by New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce and WIC to be held on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 at New Mexico Public Health Office on 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. For more information, contact Monica Larrea, Northeast Regional Coordinator, at 505-219- 4128.

  • Noticias- August 7. 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.

  • Shooters do well in state contest

    Submitted to the Optic
    The goal of the Mora 4-H Shooting Sports program is youth development through participation in firearms, safety training and shooting sports activities.
    Recently the team competed in the 4-H Shooting Sports contest at the Whittington NRA Center in Raton. The objectives were to assist the 4-H members to learn and practice the rules of rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzle loading, compound and traditional archery, safety, sportsmanship and accuracy with firearms.

  • ‘Fantastic Four’ tries to get footing

    By Lindsey Bahr
    AP Film Writer
    LOS ANGELES — The “first family of Marvel” has had some growing pains.
    While Marvel’s X-Men and the Avengers have built their big screen empires into well-oiled billion dollar franchises, the Fantastic Four have floundered with never-was and the never-should-have-been adaptations.

  • Hollywood’ superhero problem

    By Derrik J. Lang
    AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES — Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
    The list of male superheroes starring in their own big-screen escapades is bigger than Tony Stark’s ego, and the billions of dollars these films have generated rival the fortunes of the well-off tinkerer. However, in spite of Hollywood’s continued fascination with supermen, a new surge of female power could finally electrify the genre and more closely resemble the audiences of comic book adaptations.

  • Editorial Roundup - August 7, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Star Tribune on the need for the U.S. to lead in the fight to stop human trafficking (Aug. 2):

    Human trafficking — slavery, really — is a global scourge that requires a worldwide response. And yet, as with so many intensifying global challenges, the U.S. must lead.

  • All the world’s a stage - ‘Black Beard’ hits stage this Saturday

    A Las Vegas tradition will soon hit the stage of Ilfeld Auditorium. At 7 p.m. on Saturday roughly 50 children will perform after five days of preparation for Missoula Children’s Theatre local production of “Blackbeard the Pirate.”

    Monday morning children auditioned for their parts for the hour-long musical. Joe McCaffery of the Las Vegas Arts Council said the children did great and are working closely with the two directors from the theater group.

    This is the 27th year the theater group has visited Las Vegas with their children’s program.

  • Las Vegas native not guilty in wife’s death

    Optic Staff and Wire

    A Virginia judge last week found former FBI agent Arthur Gonzales not guilty of voluntary manslaughter for killing his estranged wife in 2013, the Free Lance-Star is reporting.

    Gonzales, who grew up in Las Vegas, was tried three separate times for the shooting death of his wife, 42-year-old Julie Serna Gonzales, a Socorro native. The couple met while attending New Mexico Highlands University.  

  • Churches to review security after blasts

    The Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES— Church officials in Las Cruces say they will conduct security reviews following two explosions that startled Sunday churchgoers in the southern New Mexico city.

    No one was hurt in either explosion, but police say the explosives could have killed or seriously injured someone nearby, the Las Cruces Sun-News.

    Church officials at Holy Cross Catholic Church and Calvary Baptist Church, where the explosives went off, say they will hold Sunday services as planned.