Local News

  • Local PARCC results mixed

    More than half of Robertson High School students passed the language arts portion of the new standardized test, but when it comes to algebra the majority of them failed. At West Las Vegas High School and the district’s partnership school the majority of students failed both in language arts and in the math components of the test.

  • College Night
  • Second PED staffer: I also warned bosses about Trujillo

    By Martín Salazar
    and Mercy López

    A second state Public Education Department employee says she, too, approached her bosses at the Licensure Bureau to raise concerns about the license that Charles Trujillo received, but her complaints to management “also fell on deaf ears.”

    Susan Benavidez, who left the Licensure Bureau on Sept. 25 but is still employed by PED, issued a statement to media outlets on Wednesday, backing up a statement issued by Michelle Lewis a day earlier.

  • APD officer shot, suspect arrested

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque officer was shot repeatedly outside a pharmacy during a traffic stop, leaving the officer critically injured and launching a multi-agency manhunt before a suspect was arrested, officials said Thursday.

    The eight-year veteran officer underwent surgery Wednesday night and was in critical but stable condition Thursday morning. Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said in an email that he is not out of the woods yet.

  • Vegas native promoted to key post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Shaun Sanchez, a native of Las Vegas, has been chosen as the new deputy chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Department of the Interior.

  • First Snowfall
  • Jail Log Oct. 23, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 9 and Oct. 16:
    Elauterio Lujan, 35, seven-day commitment
    Phillip Sweeney, 42, aggravated DWI, aggravated fleeing, driving on suspended license, aggravated assault on a police office, speeding, reckless driving, failure to stop, no seatbelt, no insurance, no registration, open container
    Toby Garcia, 35, abuse of a child (cruelly confined, or cruelly punished)
    Ruben Ulibarri, 50, failure to register as a sex offender

  • Science café focuses on environmental toxins

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A free public science café at Highlands University at 5:30 p.m. on Monday features a scientist who will shed light on how daily exposure to common environmental toxins can affect body size and development.

    Sheryl Smith, a biochemist and expert in environmental toxins, will lead the science café. She is a professor.

  • UPDATE: Trujillo surrenders education licenses

    Update: After the following story went to press, the state Public Education Department issued a statement announcing that Mora Superintendent Charles Trujillo has surrendered his education licenses.

    "When we learned of the claims against Superintendent Charles Trujillo, we immediately launched an investigation and began working with State Police," PED spokesman Robert McEntyre wrote. "This afternoon, Superintendent Trujillo has agreed to surrender his education licenses."

  • City police staff conducts active shooter training

    It’s not a scenario anyone wants to imagine: An active shooter makes his way into your office building and begins his rampage.

    What should you do to increase your odds of surviving such an attack?

    Las Vegas city employees were asked that question last week during active-shooter training sessions at City Hall.

    Gilbert Martinez, the city’s safety officer, requested that the city’s police department provide the training to all city office workers.