Local News

  • Line losing 80 gallons a minute

    The city of Las Vegas is looking to exchange 62 water taps for an easement that will finally allow it to repair a waterline that has been leaking an estimated 80 gallons of water a minute for several months.

    The old Medite line runs through property owned by Pete Mallette. The city currently has a 20-foot wide easement through the Mallette property, but engineers planning the repair project say the city needs a 100-foot wide construction easement in order to fix the leak.

  • Sandoval out as West principal

    Steve Sandoval’s 30- year career at the West Las Vegas School District has come to an abrupt end, but he isn’t leaving quietly.

    Sandoval, the principal of West Middle School, was suspended from his position earlier this year after parents and guardians of students at the school came forward and accused him of bullying their children.

    Earlier this month, the school district began advertising for a new middle school principal.

  • Weed Work - City hires 242 for summer program

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    If you’ve been around town over the last few weeks, chances are you’ve seen crews in neon vests and hardhats pulling weeds, picking up trash or even painting over graffiti.

    They’re among the 242 employees hired by the city of Las Vegas for its annual summer work program. The city is investing $464,000 in the program this year.

    Program participants — mostly local teens — are working in every city department except transportation.

  • State Land Office, county sign MOU

    San Miguel County and the state Land Office have hammered out an agreement resolving a decades-long dispute over rights of way to county roads through state trust lands.

    To commemorate the agreement, Land Commissioner Ray Powell and San Miguel County Commission Chairman Nicolas signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday at the New Mexico Association of Counties annual meeting. The MOU notes that the agreement is subject to ratification by the county commission through either a resolution or an ordinance.

  • Looking Back - June 25, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, June 21 — The Plaza Hotel will open next Tuesday. The hostelry has been made one of the finest in the whole Southwest. Made absolutely modern in every respect and beautifully furnished. The Plaza Hotel will be reopened under new management to accommodate thousands of visitors thousands of visitors who are expected to be here for the Flynn-Johnson festivities.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 25, 2012

    Council meeting is Wednesday

    The Las Vegas City Council meets at 6 p.m. this Wednesday at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave.

  • Weather - June 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • Corrections - News - June 25, 2012

    An Optic “thumb” in the weekend edition identified the owner of property at Eighth Street and Highland Drive, where three box trailers had been placed, to be Carlos Gallegos. That is incorrect. Gallegos said he owns property nearby but not the land where the trailers were parked.

  • City workers off the hook

    The two city of Las Vegas employees suspended last year following a fatal trench collapse returned to work this week, and city officials say they will not be disciplined over the deaths.

    “This was a sad and unfortunate accident, and it does no good to penalize anybody further in light of all the suffering that everybody has endured,” City Attorney Dave Romero told the Optic on Wednesday.

  • McNellis-Martinez gets 2-year contract

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez wasn’t happy last month when the board voted to give her a one-year contract, so she submitted a counterproposal.

    On Tuesday, the board responded by approving a two-year contract for her, ensuring that she will be at the district’s helm through the 2013-14 school year.

    The board had been negotiating contract terms with McNellis Martinez for several weeks before Tuesday’s vote.