Local News

  • Decking the Halls - Holiday Home Tour set for Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The holidays are fast approaching. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than to go on the Holiday Home Tour?

    The tour will be from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Homes on both sides of the river will be beautifully decorated for the season and will be ready to welcome visitors.  

    The tour includes two homes on the historic west side of Las Vegas, and five homes in “New Town.”

    This is the 12th anniversary of the tour organized by Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation.

  • Faulty motor forces school evacuation

    Students at Paul D. Henry Elementary got a short break on Monday morning after the school’s integrated fire system sounded.

    City of Las Vegas Fire Chief Philip Mares said an overheated heater motor caused the system to alarm. He stressed that no students were in danger, adding that they were evacuated safely.

  • Game spurs change in parade route

    With throngs of people expected to pack Cardinal Stadium for the state championship football game on Saturday, organizers of the  annual Electric Light Parade are making a slight change to the parade route.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 4, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals starting guard Lawrence Sandoval was the only area football player named to the Class AA North All-Star team. Class AA football champion Highland High School in Albuquerque, dominated the selections, with eight members being selected. Other teams placing at least one player on the all-star squad include Robertson, Santa Fe, Kirtland Central, Tucumcari, Belen, Farmington and Santa Fe St. Michael’s.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 4, 2013

    Code Talker to be in Vegas Saturday
    Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, will be in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. He will answer questions about his experiences in World War II and his role in developing the code that was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in the South Pacific. Judith Avila, co-author of his memoir, will also give a presentation.

  • Weather - Dec. 4, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Snow likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 17. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. A 40 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 6.


  • Council OKs polling changes

    Voters casting ballots for the March 4 municipal election will be able to vote at the polling place of their choice after the City Council unanimously approved a switch to convenience centers.

  • Volunteer help for pets
  • Lawmakers often become lobbyists

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Kent Cravens is among the more than two dozen former state legislators who have made the switch to lobbying.

    The Albuquerque Republican resigned from his Senate seat in 2011 to take a government relations job with the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. While he was no industry expert, his experience with the legislative process and his connections were considered an asset.

  • Mora named as art, culture district

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Mora is one of three new arts and culture districts in New Mexico.

    Mora, along with Gallup and Artesia were selected by the New Mexico Arts Commission after a competitive application and review process. They mark the first arts and culture district programs authorized by the commission since 2009.