Local News

  • A call out for Senior Olympians

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 2012 Senior Olympics program in Las Vegas is under way with more than 80 local contestants registered as of Feb. 14.

    There are 29 events in which persons 50 and older (as of Dec. 31, 2012) may compete.

  • Tree project to begin Monday

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Monday, city of Las Vegas crews and a tree services contractor will begin work to improve the safety and beauty of five city parks. Several Siberian (Chinese) Elms will be removed from Plaza Park, Carnegie Library Park, Lincoln Park and one in South Pacific Park.

  • Annual College Night next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 13th annual College Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.    

  • Administration seeks rules

    By Anick Jesdanun
    AP Technology Writer

    NEW YORK  — The Obama administration is calling for stronger privacy protections for consumers as mobile gadgets, Internet services and other tools are able to do a better job of tracking what you do and where you go.

  • Child critical after shooting

    The Associated Press

    SEATTLE — Police say an 8-year-old girl critically wounded by a gunshot at her elementary school near Seattle apparently was shot accidentally.

    Bremerton, Wash., police Lt. Peter Fisher says a gun brought to the school Wednesday discharged while still in a third-grade boy’s backpack. Fisher says the bullet hit the nearby girl.

  • Love triangle leads to murder-suicide

    By Don Thompson
    The Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO — A 73-year-old gunman entangled in a love triangle shot and killed the treasurer of a remote-controlled airplane club who police said was having an affair with the estranged wife of the attacker.

    Before turning the gun on himself Tuesday, Robert Gully chased the woman from a parking lot into the lobby of a building where the club was meeting.

    He fired multiple times but failed to hit her, Sacramento police Sgt. Andrew Pettit said.

  • Gov. targets West project

    The capital outlay bill approved by state lawmakers contains more than $5.7 million for projects in San Miguel County, but Gov. Susana Martinez is already calling at least one of those earmarks “pork,” and threatening to veto it.

    Capturing Martinez’s attention is a $205,000 appropriation “to plan, design, construct and equip the weight room in the West Las Vegas Public School District.”

  • Candidates try to set selves apart

    With the municipal elections just two weeks away, the eight candidates vying to be mayor sought to differentiate themselves during Monday evening’s mayoral forum sponsored by the Optic.

    Chris Lopez described himself as the only candidate running for mayor who has actually created jobs by investing his own money back in the community, and he pledged that, if elected, he would donate his $10,000 mayoral salary back to the city.

  • Fighting Hunger

    It’s a fitting way to raise money to help feed the hungry.

    United World College students and other community members have spent months making bowls. During the Empty Bowls Luncheon this Saturday, those bowls will be filled with nourishment.

    Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

    The event raises money for the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Casa de Samaritan Shelter. The fundraiser takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen at National and Eighth.

  • Bicyclist hurt after crashing into car

    A 39-year-old bicyclist sustained head injuries Saturday evening when a pizza delivery driver cut her off on Seventh Street, causing her to crash, according to state police.

    The bicyclist has been identified as Rebecca Barefoot, 39. She was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance.

    The extent of Barefoot’s injuries is unclear. State police Lt. Craig Martin said the report mentioned only that she sustained head injuries. Also, federal privacy laws prohibit hospitals from discussing patients.