Local News

  • State wants rate hike details

    The Associated Press

    State regulators have ordered an electric utility to outline potential consequences of a recommended rate increase that its company officials have called unreasonable.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission issued the order for Public Service Company of New Mexico last week. The utility has until Tuesday to file a response.

  • Weather - Aug. 17, 2016


    HIGH 83° / LOW 52°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Wednesday night — mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    6:22 a.m. to 7:47 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 17, 2016

    In 1966
    Friday, Aug. 5, 1966 — Miss Carol Silva is the new woman’s page editor for the Optic. Miss Silva, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Silva, 218 Pecos, has been employed the past 11 months by Rex Studio. A 1963 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Miss Silva was employed in Washington, D.C., by the Evening Star, the paper with the largest circulation in that area at that time. After working there for two years, she returned to Las Vegas in July 1965.

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  • State agency investigating Luna

    The state Higher Education Department has launched a special audit into Luna Community College after receiving complaints about improprieties at the school.

    A preliminary review by HED staff raised sufficient concerns that the college has been placed under an enhanced fiscal oversight program.

  • Electrical worries - West High to delay start

    West Las Vegas High School students will have a bit longer to enjoy their summer break.

    Electrical problems in part of the high school have forced school officials to delay the first day of school for high school students to the week of Aug. 22. The first day of school had originally been scheduled for Aug. 17.

    The delay will affect only high school students and not any other school sites.

  • Money being raised for girl with leukemia

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Domino’s Pizza at 611 Mills Ave. on Wednesday will host a fundraiser for a 15-month-old Las Vegas girl battling leukemia.

    Profits on all sales from 10 a.m. to midnight will go toward medical expenses for Alleyah Esquibel, who was diagnosed with the illness at 6 months of age.

    “We want to show the community we support them,” said Paige Medina, general manager for the Domino’s in Las Vegas. “We want to give back to the community.”

  • EDC opens incubator

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Businessman Joseph Montoya said he’s found the perfect location at the perfect price for his new office.

  • Phoenix on edge as serial killer prowls

    By Jacques Billeaud and Alan Clendenning
    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — He is a lanky Hispanic man in his 20s who drives down the darkened streets of poor, predominantly Latino neighborhoods, blending in as he selects his targets. He either fires through an open window or gets out of the car to shoot from close range before driving off.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 14, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Guilty plea in DWI case
    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe man who was acquitted in 2011 of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed four teenagers has pleaded guilty to his third drunken driving charge.
    Scott Owens was sentenced Wednesday to 364 days in jail, but 330 days were suspended under a plea agreement.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Owens went free after the hearing because he received credit for time served.
    He had been on electronic monitoring since being charged in February.