Local News

  • Las Vegas entities hope for funding

    SANTA FE — Local entities entertained state lawmakers and others with music and dancing Thursday night during Las Vegas Night at the Legislature held at the Eldorado Hotel.

    Las Vegas City Schools had its Mariachi Cardenal perform at the annual event and even sent its Cardinal mascot.
    Entities like the city, the San Miguel County DWI program, New Mexico

    Highlands, Luna Community College, West Las Vegas School District and the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce set up booths to highlight their accomplishments and future endeavors.

  • Audit finds more problems at PRC

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    State Auditor Hector Balderas and Public Regulation Commission Chairman Pat Lyons traded calls for each other’s resignation Thursday after Balderas released an audit that backs up recent allegations of widespread misconduct at the troubled commission, including email exchanges that appear to be about illegal drug use.

  • Block ordered to prison for evaluation

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. was sent to a state prison diagnostic center Friday, and a judge sternly warned him that he potentially faces many years behind bars if he doesn’t deal with a drug addiction.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 30, 2012

    In 1935

    Wednesday, Jan. 30 — Happy birthday, President Roosevelt. That, and more too, is what Las Vegans will say tonight when they join 5,600 other communities in honoring the President on his 53rd birthday by a Warm Springs sponsored birthday ball. But, besides wishing the President a happy birthday, they will be wishing crippled children a better life... For, after the small expenses of the ball, which will be held at the Elks club, are paid the remaining money will be devoted to the welfare of crippled children.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 30, 2012

    Candidate forums on water are this week

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board is sponsoring candidate forums focusing solely on water this week. The mayoral forum is Wednesday and the council forum is Thursday. Both are scheduled to run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Middle School lecture hall.

  • Weather - Jan. 30, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:02 a.m. to 5:26 p.m.

  • East official put on leave

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas City Schools finance director Myrna Garcia has been placed on administrative leave, signaling that her rocky tenure handling the district’s finances might be coming to an end.

    Garcia was placed on leave last Friday by interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez. The district hasn’t said publicly why it took the action.

    It’s unclear who is overseeing the district’s financial operations in Garcia’s absence.

  • Senior Profile - Horace Lucero

    At home in his Mineral Hill area cabin, 66-year-old Horace Lucero — “Not the judge” with the same name, he is quick to clarify — sat smoking his roll-your-own cigarette, sipping on a can of beer or two, and petting his dog.

    In his kitchen, pinto beans simmer in a slow-cooker, and his guests sit on a rugged bench made of local timber.

    There’s not much evidence of “high tech” beyond the TV set in the adjoining room. A bare bulb lights his dining room and kitchen.

  • Councilman criticizes chamber ad

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman is once again taking aim at the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, this time over an ad the chamber bought in the Optic praising a former worker who is now running for a City Council seat.

    During last week’s City Council meeting, Feldman argued that the “Thank You, Diane Ortiz!” ad that ran in the Jan. 9-10 edition of the Optic could be construed as a political ad. Ortiz, the chamber’s former executive director, filed to run for the Ward 2 council seat on Jan. 10.

  • Class to give real look at police work

    In television shows like the CSI or Law & Order,  franchises crimes are solved and prosecuted quickly, with all the loose ends tied up nicely in an episode.

    The storylines in those shows might be ripped from the headlines, but those who work in law enforcement know that the fast-paced crime solving portrayed on television is far from the reality they deal with day to day.