Local News

  • NASA scientist to talk about space station today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A free public lecture at Highlands University today (Wednesday) features a NASA scientist who will shed light on the indoor air quality environment of the International Space Station.

    Marit Meyer, a NASA Glenn Research Center scientist, will talk at 5 p.m. at Sininger Hall, Room 100, 904 University Ave. Sininger is in the university’s Central Park opposite Donnelly Library.

  • Weather - Feb. 15, 2017


    HIGH 52° / LOW 27°
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:47 a.m. to 5:44 p.m.


    HIGH 62° / LOW 30°
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
    6:46 a.m. to 5:44 p.m.


  • Optic move stirs up lots of memories

    Most of the boxes are packed, the furniture has been moved to our new offices, and the movers have finally gotten my hundred-pound dictionary out the door.

    About all that remains is junking the unwanted equipment and finding the best place for my Pulitzer Prize. OK, so I don’t really have a hundred pound dictionary, much less a Pulitzer, sadly. The closest thing I have to that coveted award is what results when I try to make breakfast and come up with a Pullet Surprise.

  • Man facing 10 years for fatal DWI crash

    A Las Vegas man is facing a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving in connection with the June 6, 2016, death of 25-year-old Monique Martinez.

    Tobe J. Apodaca, 24, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors last week. District Judge Abigail Aragon accepted the plea during a Monday hearing.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 12, 2017
  • Weather - Feb. 12, 2017


    HIGH 38° / LOW 25°
    A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Northeast wind around 15 mph.
    6:50 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.


    HIGH 39° / LOW 27°
    A chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
    6:49 a.m. to 5:41 p.m.


  • City launches online bill pay

    City of Las Vegas utility customers who have long been frustrated at not having the ability to pay their bills online can celebrate.

    The contractor working with the city to make that happen has promised that online bill pay will be available through a link on the city’s website beginning today (Friday), said city spokesman Lee Einer. The city will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

    But utility customers who opt to take advantage of that option will end up paying $2.50 more per transaction for the convenience.

  • Cheers! Borracho’s has birthday

    The liquor bottles are tipping and the beer taps are flowing at a Bridge Street business. Borracho’s Craft Booze and Brews, a small tavern located at 139 Bridge St., next to El Rialto Restaurant, is filled with light fixtures made of bottles is celebrating its one-year anniversary today.

    The maiden anniversary is a special time for Borracho’s owner, Sara Mathews, as she prepares for this weekend’s fun-filled birthday celebration.

  • Arson suspected in Tuesday blaze

    City of Las Vegas firefighters were able to save two San Miguel County-owned buildings that caught fire on Tuesday evening.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Billy Montoya said no one was injured. He said arson is suspected, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal was brought in to investigate.

    Montoya said two fire trucks were dispatched to the blaze on Railroad Avenue, near Grand and Mills, at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after passersby noticed smoke and heavy flames shooting from one of the buildings.

  • Emergency funding for juries wins approval

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A finance board led by Gov. Susana Martinez approved emergency funding to the judiciary Wednesday to avoid the suspension of jury trials and unpaid staff furloughs at the state Supreme Court, after similar funding measures were vetoed last week.

    The $600,000 infusion of cash to a fund that compensates jurors and court interpreters ensures jury trials through April 14, Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura told the board on behalf of the judiciary.