Local News

  • Weather - Nov. 2, 2016


    HIGH 66° / LOW 40°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.
    7:24 a.m. to 6:04 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 42°
    A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
    7:25 a.m. to 6:03 p.m.


  • Poetry reading to feature Las Vegas writer

    Submitted to the Optic

    Think of how you feel about getting up in the morning to splashes of glorious color in the sky, or how you feel about your faith, your partner sleeping beside you, or the quirks of life that make you smile or cry. That is the essence of Lines, Poetry in Notion, according to writer Sharon Vander Meer.

  • Nepotism run amok? Audit questions Luna hiring, pay hikes

    A recently completed special audit of Luna Community College has uncovered multiple instances of family members of the president and board members receiving jobs, promotions and substantial pay hikes, and the state Higher Education Department is warning that confidence in the institution is being undermined by this “real or perceived violation of public trust.”

  • Howell doesn’t support recall

    Those seeking to recall Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron shouldn’t count Councilman Vince Howell among their supporters.

    During a recent City Council meeting, Howell expressed frustration that he has been linked to the recall effort.

    “My name is very precious to me,” he said. “Please don’t use my name in stating I’m supporting one thing or another unless you talk to me. ... Don’t use my name to say I’m supporting the recall election.”

  • Divided America: Yearning for unity, enduring divisiveness

    Editor’s note: This is the final installment of Divided America, AP’s exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

    By Jerry Schwartz
    The Associated Press

    Though they live about 1,730 miles apart, though they’ve never met, though they are of different races and backgrounds, Lauren Boebert and Dorothy Johnson-Speight speak almost in unison when they lament the fracturing of America.

  • Exhibit features traditional art

    Las Vegas has turned into a destination for art with galleries lining Bridge Street and studios scattered throughout town.

    Many of those studios feature traditional folk artists. In these studios, local artists put their heart into the uniquely crafted pieces, many following the craftsmanship and techniques that have been passed down to them from elders.

  • State budget woes drive up borrowing costs

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A major credit rating agency has downgraded New Mexico’s financial standing shortly after the adoption of new budget solvency measures by the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez, as the state continues to spend beyond its means.

    Moody’s Investor Services downgraded the state’s general obligation bond rating from its highest rating of Aaa to Aa1, likely leading to slightly higher borrowing costs on future loans. Thirteen states currently maintain the highest credit rating.

  • Weather - Oct. 30, 2016


    HIGH 75° / LOW 48°
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    7:21 a.m. to 6:07 p.m.


    HIGH 73° / LOW 44°
    Sunny, with a high near 73. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 44.
    7:22 a.m. to 6:06 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Oct. 30, 2016

    Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1966­ — Two West Las Vegas elementary teachers, Mrs. Gavina Griego and Mrs. Mela Leger, will give an overview of the Miami Linguistics Reading Program at the Western States Small Schools Project meeting during the New Mexico Education Association Convention in Albuquerque.  Mrs. Griego and Mrs. Leger will participate in a panel along with an Albuquerque and Las Cruces teacher who are working with the Miami Linguistics Reading Program.

  • PED now vouching for 3 administrators

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The state Public Education Department has backtracked and is now saying two educators it previously confirmed to have deficient administrative licenses can serve as licensed public school administrators in New Mexico.

    And the agency is saying that a third educator — who the Optic found to have submitted letters overstating his higher education administrative experience — qualifies for his administrative license.