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  • Bill contains millions for state hospital

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Deeply divided Democrats and Republicans headed home Saturday from a special legislative session dominated by partisan conflict over plans to draw new boundaries of districts for elected offices.

  • N.M. border to see another drop in apprehensions

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The number of illegal immigrants apprehended along the Mexico-New Mexico border is expected to drop again and is following a steep decline that began five years ago, according to officials at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    The fiscal year ending Oct. 1 will see another big decrease from the prior year and is likely a result of more border patrol agents and new technology infrastructure, said agency spokesman Doug Mosier.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 26, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 26, 2011

    Community meeting is Thursday

    Las Vegas Marketing and Branding Community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 29, at the Highlands University Student Senate Chambers in the Student Center Building, across from Perkins Stadium. For more information, call 454-1401 ext. 3277.

  • Weather - Sept. 26, 2011

    Monday
    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.

    Tuesday
    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.

    Wednesday

  • 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.