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  • Local hired for veterans’ services post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Karen Abeyta is no stranger when it comes to veterans.

    Abeyta, a West Las Vegas High School graduate, is a Navy veteran and is now serving fellow veterans as a new veterans’ service officer in Las Vegas through the state’s Department of Veterans’ Services.

  • No to bullying
  • Teen accused in slayings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings told authorities he was annoyed with his mother and had been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts, according to a probable cause statement.

    Nehemiah Griego, 15, was arrested following the shootings Saturday at a home in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque where he lived with his family. He remained in custody on charges of murder and child abuse resulting in death.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 23, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Jan. 22 — Former Las Vegan Ross E. Thompson has won the Shreveport (Ark), Little Theatre’s “Write Me a Murder” contest with a 1,900-word synopsis for a murder mystery entitled “Who Was the Bird Watcher Watching?” Thompson, who was manager of the Public Service Co., in Las Vegas for several years and also secretary-manager of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, now makes his home in Magnolia, Ark.

     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 23, 2013

    Singing competition is Saturday

    Looking for Young Country Singers Competition will be held at 4 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. The winner will open for the “Matt Mason” concert on Feb. 16. For competition rules and for more information, call 454-3238.
     

  • Weather - Jan. 23, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 36. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:06 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.

  • FYI - News - Jan. 23, 2012

    State police are investigating a shooting that occurred in Mora County over the weekend. Details on the shooting were sketchy. “At this point I can confirm we are handling a shooting investigation with one victim who went to the hospital,” state police Lt. Robert McDonald said. “... That is all they have authorized me to release right now.”

  • East hoping for GO bonds

    Voters will soon head to the polls to vote for school board candidates and bond elections. For Las Vegas City Schools, voters will decide on a $6 million, four-year general obligation bond for infrastructure improvements.

    “We need the bond in order to keep our buildings and our technologies current for our students, and that is the only way we are going to be able to do it,” Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said.

  • Making it Official - Fla. ceremony marks new refuge

    It’s official.

    Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area now has an official plank at the Pelican Island Walkway in Florida. Earlier this month Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was joined by Rob Larrañaga and Teresa Gray at Pelican Island, Fla., for a ceremony celebrating the establishment of six national wildlife refuges across the nation this past year.

  • Council OKs Bradner contract

    The City Council took another major step last week toward pursuing the expansion of its Bradner Reservoir.

    City councilors voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a professional services agreement with URS Corporation for pre-design engineering services for the project. The contract stipulates that the amount the company will be paid won’t exceed $828,991.