Local News

  • Man to stand trial in grandma’s death

    The Las Vegas man accused of beating his grandmother to death in February 2010 will stand trial for murder after all.

    Ryan Garcia, 28,  had been found to be unfit for trial after the attack. But he has since been treated to competency.

    According to a court document, a forensic evaluator for the state Behavioral Health Institute concluded that Garcia is currently competent to stand trial.

  • Poll: Locals favor military cuts

    Submitted to the Optic

    Where do the people of Las Vegas stand on difficult questions about the national economy? What is the relative importance of jobs versus cuts in spending? Where can cuts be made? Should taxes be raised? How do our opinions compare with those of the country as a whole?

    The annual Penny Poll conducted at the People’s Faire by the Las Vegas Committee for Peace and Justice attempted to answer these questions.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 29, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Aug. 30 — Fifty-nine young people who attended the recent session of the San Miguel County teacher’s institute have been awarded teacher’s certificates by the territorial board of education. Three persons received first grade certificates and thirteen received second grade certificates. Those who received certificates are as follows: First Grade — Amelia Turner, Bessie Lodge and Doppie Cooper; Second grade — Ethel Crawford, Nira Nutter, Placida Baca, Agnes Blanchard, Lillie Galhoun, Amelia Delgado...

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 29, 2011

    State redistricting meeting is Tuesday

    The state Legislature’s redistricting committee is holding a meeting in Las Vegasbeginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Kennedy Lounge on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The meeting will include an introduction to 2011 state and congressional redistricting.

  • Weather - Aug. 29, 2011

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Wind becoming northwest 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is 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.

  • Accusations continue to fly in alleged drug probe

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Accusations continue to fly about who’s being targeted in an alleged FBI cocaine investigation in Santa Fe.

    Earlier this week, a fired Santa Fe police detective said during an arbitration hearing that he lost his job because he was helping investigate a drug case involving Santa Fe City Manager Robert Romero and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan. Both vehemently denied the allegations.

  • Legislative committee hearing on Tuesday in LV

    Submitted to the Optic

    The legislature's Redistricting Committee will conclude its series of public hearings on Aug. 30 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas and Aug. 31 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.  The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Aug. 30 in Kennedy Lounge at NMHU and at 9 a.m. on Aug. 31 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.

  • ‘Sin City’ trip cost West $17K

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    They stayed at the trendy Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino right on the Las Vegas strip and dined at places like Outback, P.F. Chang’s and the Rainforest Cafe.

    Among the cuisine enjoyed by the four board members and six school employees that West Las Vegas sent to the 12th annual Management Conference for Grant-Funded Programs in Las Vegas, Nev., last month were steaks, shrimp cocktail and the legendary buffet at Planet Hollywood’s Spice Market Buffet.

  • Senior Profile - Judee Gay Williams

    Whatever Judee Williams does — and she does a lot — she does it with exuberance and gusto. Tracing the course of her life is like reading a book that enthralls in its plot twists, beginning to end.

    Born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 25, 1941, to Edward and Franki Canby, Judee grew up during the war years. Her father was an artist, and a professor of photography, her mother, a homemaker. Her siblings, twins, Thomas and Richard and she spent their early years in Dayton.