Local News

  • Child critical after shooting

    The Associated Press

    SEATTLE — Police say an 8-year-old girl critically wounded by a gunshot at her elementary school near Seattle apparently was shot accidentally.

    Bremerton, Wash., police Lt. Peter Fisher says a gun brought to the school Wednesday discharged while still in a third-grade boy’s backpack. Fisher says the bullet hit the nearby girl.

  • Love triangle leads to murder-suicide

    By Don Thompson
    The Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO — A 73-year-old gunman entangled in a love triangle shot and killed the treasurer of a remote-controlled airplane club who police said was having an affair with the estranged wife of the attacker.

    Before turning the gun on himself Tuesday, Robert Gully chased the woman from a parking lot into the lobby of a building where the club was meeting.

    He fired multiple times but failed to hit her, Sacramento police Sgt. Andrew Pettit said.

  • Gov. targets West project

    The capital outlay bill approved by state lawmakers contains more than $5.7 million for projects in San Miguel County, but Gov. Susana Martinez is already calling at least one of those earmarks “pork,” and threatening to veto it.

    Capturing Martinez’s attention is a $205,000 appropriation “to plan, design, construct and equip the weight room in the West Las Vegas Public School District.”

  • Candidates try to set selves apart

    With the municipal elections just two weeks away, the eight candidates vying to be mayor sought to differentiate themselves during Monday evening’s mayoral forum sponsored by the Optic.

    Chris Lopez described himself as the only candidate running for mayor who has actually created jobs by investing his own money back in the community, and he pledged that, if elected, he would donate his $10,000 mayoral salary back to the city.

  • Fighting Hunger

    It’s a fitting way to raise money to help feed the hungry.

    United World College students and other community members have spent months making bowls. During the Empty Bowls Luncheon this Saturday, those bowls will be filled with nourishment.

    Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

    The event raises money for the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Casa de Samaritan Shelter. The fundraiser takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen at National and Eighth.

  • Bicyclist hurt after crashing into car

    A 39-year-old bicyclist sustained head injuries Saturday evening when a pizza delivery driver cut her off on Seventh Street, causing her to crash, according to state police.

    The bicyclist has been identified as Rebecca Barefoot, 39. She was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance.

    The extent of Barefoot’s injuries is unclear. State police Lt. Craig Martin said the report mentioned only that she sustained head injuries. Also, federal privacy laws prohibit hospitals from discussing patients.

  • State proposed Medicaid overhaul

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is proposing to overhaul the Medicaid program but there will be no changes in who’s eligible to receive medical services and no cuts in rates paid to health care providers.

    Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier on Tuesday outlined the proposed revisions, which will require federal government approval.

    One of the goals is to slow the rate of growth in the program, which accounts for 16 percent of the state budget.

  • Party Plaza tabbed SBDC success story of 2011

    By Melissa Gold

    Le Pop Kettle Corn LLC, started out as the dream of a young entrepreneur who believed he had the attributes it would take to own his own business.

    In November of 2008, Jonathan Gutierrez decided the time was right to go for his dream and contacted the Las Vegas Small Business Development Center for assistance. The SBDC helped Gutierrez develop a business plan and also linked him to Help NM and Acción NM for assistance with funding.

    Gutierrez has come a long way since first opening his business in 2009.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 22, 2012

    In 1935

    Saturday, Feb. 23 — The bureau of public roads, collaborating with the Las Vegas chamber of commerce, is arranging to plant trees along highway 85 from the city limits north of town to the Storrie project canal and the junction of state highway No. 3 in keeping with the plan of beautification of highways. A.A. Blinks, landscape engineer with the state highway department, was in Las Vegas Thursday investigating the situation and attempting to determine what water sources might be employed for watering the trees.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 22, 2012

    AAUW book sale starts Friday

    The American Association of University Women will host a used book sale this Friday and Saturday. There is a huge selection of all kinds of books and used CDs, DVDs and tapes. The book sale is held at the NMHU Student Center lobby, from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.