Local News

  • County workers to get raises

    San Miguel County employees will receive pay raises of between 1 and 4 percent during the fiscal year that begins on July 1 under a budget that has been submitted to the state Department of Finance and Administration.

    The raises for most of the county’s employees will be based on salary, with the lowest-paid workers getting a higher percentage raise. Elected officials won’t get raises, nor will County Manager Les Montoya, who has chosen to forego a pay hike. Also, the raises apply only to full-time, non-probationary employees.

  • Family tradition

    With both of his sisters having been named valedictorians of their respective graduating classes, there’s no question that Melecio Perea had big shoes to fill when he reached high school four years ago.

    Despite a brutal curve ball thrown at the entire Perea family this past year, Melecio was able to follow in his sisters’ footsteps, becoming the third sibling to be recognized as a West Las Vegas High School valedictorian.

    Late last month Melecio delivered his very own valedictorian address to his graduating class at a packed Gillie Lopez gymnasium.

  • Several area races to be decided

    Registered Democrats and Republicans across the state go to the polls on Tuesday to choose their nominees for the November general election.

    In San Miguel and Mora counties where no Republicans filed to run for open commission, treasurer and clerk positions, the winners in the Democratic primaries are all but guaranteed the posts. Same goes for two key area legislative races, although independent and third party candidates will have an opportunity later this month to get their names on the general election ballot.

  • Senator’s spending issue in Dist. 39 race

    Questions about campaign spending have taken center stage in the battle for the Democratic nomination for the District 39 Senate seat.  

    Incumbent Phil Griego, D-San Jose, is trying to fend off challenges from engineer Jack Sullivan and Nichole Castellano, a business manager. The winner in that race will face Republican Aubrey Dunn in the November general election.

    A major issue in the Democratic primary battle are campaign finance reports filed by Griego, a longtime state lawmaker.

  • Looking Back - June 4, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, June 4 — In nearly every settled community there will be found one man or woman known by everyone. In Las Vegas, that individual is Hiram A. Harvey, without question. He hewed a dwelling place from the rugged wilderness and made for himself a place in the heart of succeeding generations by his generous hospitality in his mountain home.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 4, 2012

    Don’t forget to vote

    Tuesday is election day for Democrats and Republicans across the state who will select their nominees for the November general election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • Weather - June 4, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Survey: Most for 4-day week

    The question of whether Las Vegas City Schools will move to a four-day week next school year still lingers, although district officials say those who took part in a survey on the proposal last month overwhelmingly like the idea.

    The east side school board met again on Tuesday to discuss Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s proposal but took no formal action. The board had been scheduled to take action on the upcoming fiscal year’s budget  at the meeting, but the district was unable to get the budget done and received an extension from the state.

  • Enrollment drop hurts West budget

    The West Las Vegas School Board unanimously approved the district’s 2012-13 school budget during a special  meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

    The total budget approved by the board for next school year is $13.3 million, less than this year’s budget by nearly $76,000 because of a decrease in enrollment, according to district officials. But district officials have been notified that they will need to cut the budget by another $150,000.

  • Long awaited debut

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    A television series that has been filming in Las Vegas will premiere this Sunday on cable channel A&E.

    “Longmire” is a contemporary crime drama based on novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series follows Walt Longmire, small-town sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyo.