Local News

  • Looking Back - Aug. 31, 2011

    In 1911

    Thursday, Aug. 31 — Paul Wicar, the young Italian laborer, who was recently bound over to the grand jury on a charge of assaulting a young native with a dangerous weapon, has been ordered released from jail on a bond of $200 by Judge Roberts. Wicar was arrested some time ago. His bond was fixed at a much higher figure. Wicar was about to institute habeas corpus proceedings when he was given a hearing by the judge. He is employed on the construction of the Las Vegas sewer system.

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 31, 2011

    Story Time at Carnegie is Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Planting the Wild Garden” by Kathryn O. Galbraith. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Aug. 31, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.


  • Correction - News Aug. 31, 2011

    A story in Monday’s Optic on the man who will be standing trial in his grandmother’s death contained an error. Paragraph 10 of the story should have said that Ryan Garcia allegedly hit another of his relatives over the head with a pipe.

  • Bean Day 101 this weekend in Wagon Mound

    By Ron Luebke
    Wagon Mound Bean Day Association

    While the rest of the U.S. celebrates Labor Day, in Wagon Mound, N.M. many gather for “Bean Day,” a time for celebrating the annual harvest and a way of life that has existed in Wagon Mound for more than 100 years.  

  • Bear invasion closes river walk

    Numerous bear sightings in and around the Gallinas Park River Walk have forced officials to close the popular exercise trail from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño announced the closure Friday morning after more bear sightings there Thursday night. One bear was even caught on camera at the State Employees Credit Union. That bear managed to escape capture.

    Montaño said the river walk was closed due to safety concerns. A lot of walkers use the trail in the evening, when the bears are looking for food, he said.

  • Friday Night Lights
  • Two city employees suspended

    Two city of Las Vegas water department employees were suspended recently for failing to follow safety rules, the city confirmed last week.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said he could not reveal the names of the two employees because personnel actions are confidential. Romero said the incident occurred earlier this month.

  • 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.