Local News

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 25, 2016

    Optic staff and wire
    City Hall not taking payments
    The city of Las Vegas announced this week that it will no longer be accepting utility payments at City Hall at 1700 North Grand until further notice.

  • Officers aim to crack down on DWI over holiday season

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says law enforcement across the state is stepping up patrols over the holiday season to crack down on drunken driving.

    She says state police officers will be placed every 20 miles along Interstate-40 over the Thanksgiving weekend to patrol for drunken drivers, and to catch other traffic violations.

    The boost in officers on the highway is part of a nationwide project that other state highway patrols and police in the U.S. are participating in.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 25, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21:
    Diego Romero, 38, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Joseph Lussow, 29, sentenced to Department of Corrections, District Court
    Anastasia Armijo, 18, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Marcus Washington, 26, bench warrant: aggravated burglary, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Damian Wagner, 22, probation violation: positive urinalysis, Adult Probation Office

  • Weather - Nov. 25, 2016


    HIGH 51° / LOW 28°
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Friday night — mostly clear, with a low around 28.
    6:47 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


    HIGH 56° / LOW 33°
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Saturday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
    6:48 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 25, 2016

    Monday, Nov. 21, 1966 — With only $40, a nap sack and the clothes she was wearing, Alice Winston hitch-hiked from Munich, Germany, to Italy and Israel. She gave her account at a meeting of the Las Vegas Woman’s Club luncheon at the First Federal hospitality room. Miss Winston said that while in Munich, the Fasching Celebration, similar to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, was in progress and that she found the colorful costumes, the dancing and other activities exciting.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Nov. 25, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Ham and cheese sandwich, 3-bean salad, and cottage cheese with

    Green chile cheeseburger, pork and beans, baked French fries and pears

    Beef fajitas, pinto beans, Spanish rice, pico de gallo, and peaches

  • Cops nab candy store burglar

    Las Vegas police have arrested a man in connection with the burglary of a Bridge Street candy store earlier this month, and the police chief is asking the public to take precautions to minimize the changes of falling victim to a criminal this holiday season.

    Ramon Lucero, 54, of the 1000 block of Eleventh Street, has been charged with commercial burglary and breaking and entering, both fourth-degree felonies, and of larceny of more than $250, a misdemeanor. Lucero was booked into San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Giving back - Free Thanksgiving meal

    To embrace the season of giving, El Sombrero Restaurant will open its doors for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The restaurant, at 825 Mills Ave., has served hundreds of free Thanksgiving feasts since 1996; this year will be no different.

  • Dems nominate new leaders

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico have picked Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe as their choice for speaker of the House.

    House Democrats met Sunday in the state capital to decide on key leadership roles after reclaiming the majority of seats in the House of Representatives in elections earlier this month.

    Staff for the Democratic House leadership say the next majority leader will be Rep. Sheryl Stapleton of Albuquerque, while Rep. Doreen Gallegos of Las Cruces will serve as majority whip.

  • One on one with Shirley MacLaine

    By Lynn Elber
    AP Television Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Shirley MacLaine is direct, funny and down-to-earth no matter how high-flying the topic may be, including the guardian angels and aliens she accepts as givens.

    In a recent interview, there’s also no hint of the diva she easily could be, given her stardom of six decades and counting; five lead-actress Academy Award nominations; and an Oscar for what she cites as her favorite role, Aurora, in 1983’s “Terms of Endearment.”