Local News

  • Weather - Feb. 9, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

  • Bullying alleged at East schools

    Several parents whose children attend East-side schools are alleging that their children are being bullied and that their complaints about the problem are falling on deaf ears.

    And they are also worried that the Las Vegas City Schools District isn’t taking threats seriously. In one instance, a student allegedly threatened to take guns to Robertson High School and shoot other students.

    Parents like Deddie Rivera and Rebecca Short told the Optic late last week that they are worried about their children’s safety.

  • $100,000 donation - ‘Investing in Vegas’ rich potential’

    When Allan Affeldt crossed paths with United World College-USA President Mukul Kumar in mid-December, Affeldt asked how the college’s fundraising campaign was going.

    Several months earlier, philanthropist Shelby Davis, a longtime supporter of UWC-USA, had pledged to donate $1 million to the college if it were to raise $1 million from other donors.

    Kumar, who took over as the college’s president in October, told Affeldt that they were a little short of the fundraising goal.

  • HU embarks on planning initiative

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University has embarked on a planning initiative aimed at increasing enrollment and strengthening its partnership with Las Vegas and the surrounding communities.

    The first community forum for Highlands Vision 2020 — the university’s five-year strategic planning process — is Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the university’s Sala de Madrid building at 801 University Ave. (southwest corner of Eighth Street and University). Free pizza and beverages will be served.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 6, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 6, 2015

    Breakfast buffet

    A breakfast buffet will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at 518 1/2 Douglas Ave; $10 donation to benefit the Lady Cardinal Basketball team, West Las Vegas BPA, Masonic scholarships, and Bikes for Books.

  • Weather - Feb. 6, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunny, with a high near 62. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:57 a.m. to 4:34 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 6, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2:
    Joseph Rivera, 37, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated battery on household member, criminal damage to property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Dolores Salazar, 25, failure to comply with conditions of probation,bench warrant,SM District
    Ernest Griego, 39, criminal damage to property, breaking and entry, harassment, failure to appear, bench warrant. SM Magistrate/Santa Fe.

  • Lawmakers grapple with lottery scholarships

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s struggling lottery scholarship program is drawing the attention of lawmakers again this legislative session.

    While no permanent fix is on the table, Gov. Susana Martinez has called for infusing the scholarship fund with an additional $6.5 million to ensure students get nearly all of their tuition costs paid for over the next three semesters.

  • Marquez scores win

    West Las Vegas voters handed Position 1 incumbent Henry J. Abeyta a defeat, opting instead to return former board member Patrick G. Marquez to the board.

    In the other West Las Vegas School Board races, Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez easily defeated Alvin Jiron and John A. Trujillo to capture the Position 2 seat on the board while incumbent Marvin J. Martinez scored a landslide victory over challenger Marco M. Coca in the Position 3 race.

    Conchas Dam results were not available as of press time.