Local News

  • City softens stance on cops coaching school sports teams

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    In an apparent change of the sentiment that seemed to be expressed at last week’s regular City Council meeting, the City of Las Vegas announced Wednesday it is considering applications for outside employment from police officers who want to continue coaching school sports.

    The city’s public information officer, Lee Einer, said in an email Wednesday that City Manager Richard Trujillo had previously received two applications from Las Vegas Police Department employees to take on outside employment.

  • Three local schools land 'A' grade

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementary, Early Childhood Center and Union Elementary are the top performing schools in the area according to school grades released by the state Public Education Department on Tuesday.

    To celebrate their success, State Secretary of Education Christopher Ruszkowski paid visits to Mike “Mateo” Elementary and Union Elementary as part of the department’s “Straight A Express” tour across New Mexico.

  • Annual People’s Faire set for Saturday at Carnegie

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    Back to school time means it is time for the annual People’s Faire in Las Vegas. The annual event, organized by the Las Vegas Arts Council, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Carnegie Library Park.

    This year’s faire consists of 60 vendor booths featuring works of local artisans and craftsmen, along with three food trucks. Everything sold much be original arts and crafts — no kits allowed. Several local non-profit entities will also have booths.

  • Woman who fired at Duke City couple arrested near Anton Chico

    The Associated Press

    ANTON CHICO — Authorities say a woman and her boyfriend who both are wanted for questioning about a shooting in Albuquerque last weekend have been arrested.

    According to U.S. Marshals, the pair were arrested in Anton Chico, near the southern edge of San Miguel County, after a chase and crash on Monday evening.

    Albuquerque police say Gilbert was identified as the person who pointed a gun at a couple in their driveway Sunday and then shot at them as she fled the scene.

  • Zinke won’t recommend elimination of any national monuments

    By Matthew Brown And  Brady Mccombs
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont.  — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he’s recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated.

    There would be changes to a “handful,” he said.

  • In brief - U.S. News - Aug. 25, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Walmart, Google join forces
    NEW YORK  — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone.

    The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.

  • Weather - Aug. 25, 2017


    HIGH 78°/ LOW 53°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    6:28 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.


    HIGH 80° / LOW 53°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the morning.

  • Community invited to HU Welcome Back Fiesta

    Submitted to the Optic

    Highlands University is sponsoring a Welcome Back Fiesta for its students on Saturday at Melody Park, with live music, food and games, and the public is invited to the free event.
    The fiesta will take place from 1 to 6 p.m.

  • Chief files tort claim against city

    Tensions have been high between city of Las Vegas officials and the police department for several months. In June, the city received a letter from Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño’s attorney in which he informed officials he had filed a tort claim against the city.

  • Hundreds flock to NMHU Observatory as part of nationwide obsession with eclipse

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Hundreds of visitors to Las Vegas’ Highlands University observatory joined with many other Americans in taking time to observe Monday’s solar eclipse.

    The U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I, and millions of Americans gazed in wonder at the cosmic spectacle, with the best seats along the so-called path of totality that raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent from Oregon to South Carolina.