Local News

  • Back with a Vengeance

    Balmy spring temperatures gave way to nasty winds and late-season snowfall Monday evening, wreaking havoc with power lines and giving many students a two-hour delay on Tuesday.

    Several inches of snow fell in Las Vegas. The National Weather Service has received reports of about 18 inches of snow in the Rociada area and about 6 inches in the Sapello area.

  • Cause of Sunday fire undetermined

    Authorities have yet to determine the cause of a three acre fire that broke out at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday west of Camp Luna near the shooting range.

    Dubbed the Shooting Range Fire, the blaze sent smoke billowing above Las Vegas and sparked fears of a difficult fire season ahead. The fire was contained within a few hours.

    Dan Ware, spokesman for State Forestry, said the fire was human caused, though exactly how it was ignited had not been determined as of Monday afternoon.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 4, 2012

    Cascarón Festival this weekend

    The City of Las Vegas Museum, Friends of the City Museum and Carnegie Park are sponsoring a Cascarón Carnival this weekend. Those interested in participating are invited to create cascarones — confetti-filled decorated eggs — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the City Museum. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, take the cascarones to Carnegie Park where they will be broken open. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204.

  • Weather - April 4, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 5-10 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 34. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunny and breezy, with a high near 73. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 36.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36.

  • Council blasted over zoning

    Plans to build a new child care center for 70 children on the southeast corner of Eighth Street and Friedman have been scrapped, and two members of the Las Vegas Planning & Zoning Commission are blaming election season politics for the outcome.

    The project — which according to the applicant would have resulted in eight to 12 new jobs for the community — would have required a zone change, from the current O-1, or office zone, to a C-1, or neighborhood commercial zone.

  • Locks of Love

    Ember Ha beamed last week as beautician Francine Martinez began snipping away at her long dark locks last week.  

    It was a day the 7-year-old had been waiting for since kindergarten, ever since she heard about a charity that makes hairpieces for children with cancer and other illnesses and decided that she wanted to help.

    Her mother, Ashley Saiz, picked her up from Legion Park Elementary shortly before school let out on Monday, and the two headed to Hair We R, where they met her father, Nea Ha.

  • Highlands gets grant for scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University was awarded a $414,000 National Science Foundation grant to provide scholarships and academic support services aimed at increasing the graduate rates for science students.

    The five-year NSF grant earmarks $360,000 to establish the Achieving in Research, Math and Science, or ARMAS, Scholarship Program for promising upper-division science students with financial need.

  • Court upholds property tax law

    By Barry Massey

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.

    Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and property values rose.

  • In Brief - News - April 2, 2012

    Las Vegas Optic

    Man facing drug charge

    A Las Vegas man driving a vehicle with no tail lamps in the early morning hours of March 10 was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and possessing cocaine.

    Theodore Manzanares, 32, has been charged with driving while under the influence-second offense, driving on a suspended license, and operating a vehicle without tail lamps, all misdemeanors, and with possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Looking Back - April 2, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 15 – New Las Vegas officials take their seats. New Aldermen are seated and at once get down to real business.

    City Marshal: Ben Coles;
    Night Policeman:Pierce Murphey
    Merchants’ Night Police: J.W. McGovern;
    Police Magistrate: D.R. Murray
    City attorney, judge: E.V. Long
    City Physician: Dr. C.C. Gordon