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  • Local BPA students rank nationally

    Several Valley Middle School students recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Chicago where each of them placed top 10 in the nation in their respective Business Professionals of America competition.

    The group, along with students from West Las Vegas middle and high schools, returned from the national competition on Sunday.

  • City gets $600K for Peterson Dam

    The state Water Trust Board has awarded the city of Las Vegas $600,000 in funding for planning, engineering and permiting for Peterson Dam upgrades.

    “It’s a major deal,” said city Utilities Director Ken Garcia, who briefed the City Council on the funding on Monday. He said the city was informed of the award last week.

  • Looking Back - News - May 2, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday, May 4 — If when Gov. William C. McDonald, in Las Vegas this a.m. on Train No. 5, had any doubt as to whether the business and professional leaders of the Meadow City were in favor of staging the Johnson-Flynn match July 4, the enthusiasm over the prospect of the coming bout manifested on all sides today and especially in a gathering of citizens who met at the Castañeda Hotel, certainly drove the feeling of doubt out of their mind.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 2, 2012

    Mural dedication is Saturday

    A dedication of the People’s History of El Norte Mural will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Mural Park, Seventh Street and Douglas. There will be mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers, Aztec dancers, youth musicians, speakers, food vendors and salsa dancers. For more information, call 454-6771.

  • Weather - May 2, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Friday

  • FYI - News - May 2, 2012

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • East to end year in black

    Las Vegas City Schools should end this fiscal year in the black, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez informed the district’s audit committee on Thursday afternoon.

  • Co-op customers to get $1M

    Members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative are in line to receive more than $1 million in refunds from the co-op, thanks to a Feb. 28 board decision.

    Co-op General Manager Abran Romero said the co-op plans to mail out just under 8,000 capital credit retirement checks on Tuesday. The largest check will be for $87,000 and will go to the Glorieta conference center, which has historically been the co-op’s largest electric customers.

  • Verbal Jousting

    When it comes to debate, you’ve got to know the rules. And while West Las Vegas High School students have been honing their debate skills for a couple of years now, they’ve yet to enter the world of competitive debating.

  • Prescribed burn planned at refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge plans to implement a prescribed fire project on the east side of the refuge in early May.

    The burn unit is located southeast of the refuge headquarters 3 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

    This prescribed fire is part of a fuels reduction and grassland maintenance project on the refuge to enhance native habitat for a variety of wildlife species.