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  • Looking Back - Aug. 29, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, Aug. 31, 1964 — What appears to have been a thriving bicycle theft ring in Las Vegas was broken up by City Police over the weekend. The first clue to the identity of the thieves came when a local woman recognized part of her son’s bike being ridden past her house by a girl. Police were called and after questioning a number of children finally found three boys, ages 16, 13 and 16, who admitted stealing the bicycles.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 29, 2014

    104th annual Bean Day celebration

    104th Bean Day Celebration begins Friday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. bean cleaning party; and 7 p.m. street dance both at the Wagon Mound Fire House. The following days will include a car show, rodeos, a dance and free meal.

  • Weather - Aug. 29, 2014

     A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind 5-10 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light south wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.


  • Offices, schools and banks closing for Labor Day

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

  • Family Partnership has new digs

    School has started for both local school districts, but for one local school, getting into a renovated building was a task in itself.

    In early August staff members of West Las Vegas Family Partnership were finally able to move into their renovated building after numerous delays in the project that was originally set to be finished in May.

    The delay prompted board member Henry Abeyta to publicly question whether future projects should be awarded to local contractor Franken Construction.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 27, 2014

    104th Bean Day kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with a bean cleaning party at the firehouse in Wagon Mound. Several events take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday including a free barbecue at noon on Monday at the village park.

  • Police called to brawl at fundraiser

    Las Vegas police are continuing to investigate a brawl that broke out at a fundraising event Saturday night and left four people injured.

    Officers were dispatched to El Rialto restaurant on Bridge Street at about 10:15. Saturday night in reference to a fight in progress in the restaurant’s patio. Commander Ken Jenkins, of the Las Vegas Police Department, said there was a fundraising event for a cancer patient going on at the time.

  • State expects higher revenues next year

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    About $285 million should be available in the next budget year for spending increases on state government programs, public education and to offset potential tax cuts, according to a new revenue forecast released Monday.

    If the Legislature and governor agree to put all $285 million into programs and services, that would allow a 4.6 percent increase in spending in the 2016 fiscal year, which begins next July and runs through June 2016.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 27, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • Looking Back - Aug. 27, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Aug. 28 — Two palomino colts belonging to Jack, Hermes of Hot Springs Blvd. were poisoned recently by arrow root weed which has been found growing in the pasture where the animals were kept. Dr. Walton Hawk, local veterinarian, warns the weed is extremely poisonous to stock, and suggests horse owners be alert to observe the plant.. The weed is a member of the milk-weed family and resembles it although not quite as tall. Stalks broken give forth a sticky, milky substance. Of of the Hermes’ colts died, the other is recovering.