Local News

  • Correction - News - Nov. 20, 2011

    In its recent special section, Tradiciones, the Optic failed to credit Melissa Greene as the photographer for the cover shot of Plaza Park after a snowfall.

  • Missions of Mercy

    It is no exaggeration that Las Vegas has its fair share of community service groups. As one member of the Alta Vista Regional Hospital Volunteer Chaplains Group put it, “Everyone has different ways to serve the community. This is the way we serve.”

    One might say that this group reflects the sentiments of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking”: “If I can stop one heart from breaking/ I shall not live in vain/ If I can ease one life the aching/ Or cool one pain….I shall not live in vain.”

  • Former Highlands player jailed

    A former New Mexico Highlands University football player is facing criminal charges for allegedly taking another student’s credit card and using it at a local store.

    State Police arrested Deandre Clemons, 21, who lives in Connor Hall, last Monday. He has been charged with theft or acquiring a credit card, a fourth-degree felony, and fraudulent use of a credit card, a misdemeanor.

  • Tougher DWI laws sought

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — James Woolbert had just gotten out of jail and had been drinking with his girlfriend, family members said, when they decided to load their two young children into a vehicle without working brakes and head home.

    They never made it. Their Isuzu rolled twice, ejecting the unstrapped children and killing them and their mother.

  • Police apprehend alleged burglar

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with several felonies after he allegedly broke into a home on the 300 block of Cumbres Patio.

    Andreques “Rico” Gallegos, 19, of the 300 block of South Commerce Street, threatened to kill himself when police confronted him last Sunday, according to a probable cause statement filed by Las Vegas police Nov. 21 in San Miguel Magistrate Court. Police, however, were able to extract him from a window at the mobile home where he was staying.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 28, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, Nov. 27 — Great crowds were in attendance at the burial of Mike Buko /Saturday afternoon at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street at which time Dr. Randolph of the Randolph Hypnotic troupe placed the young man under the influence of hypnotism and buried him alive... The box was boarded up with airshafts running to the surface of the ground at the foot and head to allow air to enter the grave...  The boy will be awakened from his sleep tonight at 8 o'clock at the opera house.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 28, 2011

    Holiday Home Tour is Friday

    The 10th annual Las Vegas Holiday Home Tour will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Tickets are $10 each and are available at CCHP, Plaza Hotel and the Las Vegas Arts Council. For more information, call 425-8803.

  • Weather - Nov. 28, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. East wind 5-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 47. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunny, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 19.

  • Eye Catcher
  • In Brief - News - Nov. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Albuquerque man
    paralyzed after wreck

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque man has been severely injured in a crash on Interstate 25 in the Santa Fe area.

    The 25-year-old man suffered spinal injuries when several tree limbs pierced the roof of his pickup when it rolled off the highway after he fell asleep. Santa Fe County sheriff's Lt. Joseph McLaughlin tells the Albuquerque Journal that the man was left paralyzed from the arms down.