Local News

  • 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.

  • Where there’s smoke...
  • Crime Briefs - News - Jan. 29, 2012

    Theft suspect chased by victim

    When Jose Albert Herrera learned that a man in a red pickup had gone into his Colonias Avenue property and loaded up scrap metal without his permission he took action.

    Herrera and other family members followed the truck onto Interstate 25, all the while calling police. He even managed to get the truck to pull over, allowing state police to arrest him.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 27, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 16 and Jan. 23:

    Patricio Lucero, 63, commitment
    Gomecindo Gonzales, 49, receiving stolen property, dispersing stolen property, contributing to the delinquency of a minor
    Dorrie Gurule, 53, fraud, embezzlement, tampering with evidence
    Gavino Vigal, disorderly conduct
    John Romero, 35, criminal damage to property
    Carlos Tafoya, 31, driving under the influence

  • Ex-spokesman wants benefits

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A former spokesman for ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is fighting with the state over unemployment benefits. While working for Richardson, Gilbert Gallegos earned more than $115,000.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 27, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Jan. 28 — An Associated Press dispatch from Washington today stated that the nomination of Frank J. Wesner of Las Vegas for postmaster was sent to congress today. Mr. Wesner has made his home in Las Vegas for about 30 years. For many years he was director and also secretary of the Mutual Building and Loan, from which position he resigned last April. In 1924 and 1925 he was mayor of the city of Las Vegas. Recently he has been engaged in the real estate business.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 27, 2012

    Film ordinance revision to be presented

    Proposed revisions to the city’s film ordinance will be presented at 4 p.m. this Monday at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in the City Council chamber. The commission is seeking public input  on the proposed changes, which have been recommended by the Las Vegas Film Commission.

  • Weather - Jan. 27, 2012

    A slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. East wind around 10 mph, becoming south.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.


  • FYI — Jan. 27, 2012

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board is sponsoring candidate forums next week focusing solely on water. The mayoral candidates forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The forum for all City Council candidates is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Both forums are at the Memorial Middle School lecture hall.