Local News

  • Weather - Sept. 26, 2011

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. West wind  5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. North wind around 5 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.


  • FYI - News

    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.

  • Residents encouraged to share their views

    Submitted to the Optic

    The City of Las Vegas has released a new survey designed to capture the opinions from its residents, businesses, organizations about living, working and recreating in Las Vegas.

  • Police handling of case probed probed

    The pursuit played out on city streets at about 1:26 a.m. seven weeks ago.

    A Las Vegas police dispatcher was following a family member who she reportedly described as driving erratically. And she apparently told one of her colleagues on the police force that he seemed to be drunk and that she was trying to get him to stop and to go home.

    Officers scrambled trying to intercept the silver vehicle. But that vehicle was “flying” through west side streets, one officer said. No sirens are audible in the police recordings.

  • Marine to the Core

    United States Marine Corps Sgt. Jason Pacheco doesn’t consider himself a hero.

    The Las Vegas native lost part of his right leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device or IED in Afghanistan after a firefight that lasted several hours.

    “I’m not a hero. Definitely not,” said a humble Pacheco, 23, in a telephone interview from his home in Oceanside, Calif., near Camp Pendleton. “All the heroes are no longer with their families or with us.”

  • Salazar picked for East board

    The anticipation has finally ended as the Las Vegas City Schools board voted to replace former member Ricky Serna with Las Vegas banker Ernesto Salazar.

    The vote came Tuesday night toward the end of a nearly three hour regular board meeting. Serna recommended Salazar to fill his vacant board seat last week. Serna’s resignation from the board was effective last Friday.

    The vote to appoint Salazar took place in front of a packed board room filled with family members and friends of interested candidates.

  • Cops: Man sold stolen car parts

    A Las Vegas man is facing criminal charges for allegedly taking part in a scheme to steal two transmissions and a transfer case from a neighbor and selling them to a scrap yard.

    Ronnie James Roybal, 26, of the 200 block of Chico Drive has been charged with forgery, a fourth-degree felony and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

  • Services for former mayor to be held Saturday

    Funeral services for former coach and Las Vegas Mayor Henry O. Sanchez will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Ave. NE, in Albuquerque.

    Sanchez, 74, died of a heart attack Monday at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. 

    Sanchez was an Albuquerque native and legendary basketball coach known across the state.

    Friends are remembering Sanchez for his compassion.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 23, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Sept.13 and Sept. 20:

    Norman Fernandez, 23, failure to pay child support, escape from peace officer, failure to comply, absconding
    Todd Hayes, 48, adjudicatory hearing  
    Daniel Cordova, 50, criminal trespass
    Patrick Encinias, 51, battery on household member
    Karen Montoya, 33, mental health hold
    Aaron Lucero, 24, tampering w/evidence, burglary of vehicle, larceny, absconding, failure to appear

  • Court fight looms on redistricting

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats in the Legislature headed Thursday toward a veto showdown with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over proposals for changing the boundaries of New Mexico’s districts for elective offices.

    If no redistricting plan is enacted, the fight likely will shift to the courts in the coming months and a judge could end up drawing new district boundaries.