Local News

  • Valley Elementary/Middle, November Students of the Month

    Here are Valley Elementary/Middle School’s November 2017 Students of the Month

    They are first-grader Mykle Sena, second-grader Andrez Romero, third-grader Jewel Linker, fourth-grader Alicia Gutierrez, fifth-grader Santiago Encinias, sixth-grader Charlotte Gallegoseighth-grader Viviana Rivera and seventh-grader Elijah Gonzales.

  • Not a bird — not a plane ...

    To some, the definition of a drone is “something you receive for Christmas — and crash by New Year’s Day.”

    And to people serious about that expensive piece of equipment, a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle whose capabilities grow each day. One serious drone owner is Mykle Williams, who explained myriad uses for the high-in-the-sky objects.

  • Chopper helps with winter need

    Wednesday’s frigid temperatures didn’t deter news professionals from appearing at West Las Vegas High School to present coats to school kids.

    Nor did the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary students allow chilly breezes to dampen their enthusiasm. They got to touch, peer inside, and step on the step rail of the Sky 7 News helicopter parked on the Herrera complex football field.  

  • Fire out in minutes

    Jason W. Brooks/Optic photo

    Las Vegas Fire Department firefighters quickly responded Wednesday morning to a call about a fire at Bienvenidos, a boarding home located near the 1100 block of Tecolote Street.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Medicaid payments sought

    SANTA FE — Low-income Medicaid patients in New Mexico may soon have to pay more for certain brand-name drugs or if they visit the emergency room to receive routine medical care, under a reform plan submitted Wednesday to federal regulators.

  • The Nation In Brief, Dec. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Franken resigns from Senate

  • SoloWorks program has its first graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Three SoloWorks Program students had the personal drive and motivation to complete 140 hours of customer service, business skills and career development training during the first SoloWorks Program training.

    “I’m so proud of these students. They have worked very hard in preparing themselves to work at home as customer service representatives. This is evidenced by the interviews they are getting from companies interested in hiring them, said SoloWorks Program Director, Marena Drlik.

  • Reward offered in search for missing man

    Family and friends and law enforcement are still hoping a lifelong resident in the area turns up safe. Johnny Garcia, 42, was last seen on or about Friday, Oct. 6, along NM 518 in the Sapello area.

    He was dropped off by a friend, but has not been spotted anywhere, and police, family and friends don’t have many clues about his disappearance.

  • Holiday fun

    Theresa Wesner photos

    Holiday magic was found in Las Vegas over the weekend. Not only did a Special Olympics group and the Robertson High School marching band light up Bridge Street and other thoroughfares during the Electric Light Parade, but Santa also made an appearance, as young Chase Coca discovered.

  • Relocated shelter helps protect many from cold

    Imagine freezing cold numbing your face, your ears, and fingers. This week, that’s probably easy to visualize.

    If the wind churns up in the frosty morning air, you sense you need more cover than the clothes you’re clutching against your body. If you’re living on the streets, or in your vehicle, the cold is more than a topic of conversation.