Local News

  • Ministry to host retreat for grieving families

    By Yoly Zentella
    For the Optic

    The Immaculate Conception Bereavement Ministry provides resources and support for the Las Vegas community and surrounding areas at times of loss and grief.  On Saturday, the ministry will host a free retreat to help people dealing with grief.

    The retreat will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Father George Salazar Center in Vegas. A variety of presenters will participate in program. Lunch will also be provided.

  • Nightmare for some Vegas homeowners

    Reynaldo Maestas didn’t realize there was a problem with the title to his home until a neighbor casually mentioned it to him in February of 2015.

    “My neighbor who was the caretaker for my place, he alerted me to it,” Maestas said Friday. “He said, ‘Hey, do you know we don’t have clear title to our houses?”

    “I said, ‘No. It can’t be. I have a title policy. I’ve been paying on the house,” Maestas recalled.

    That’s when Maestas’ nightmare began.

  • Under Siege - Police: Bomb threats imperiling public safety

    Las Vegas police descended on Alta Vista Regional Hospital on Tuesday, blocked off Legion Drive, placed two nearby elementary schools on lock-down and proceeded to search the hospital after an unidentified man called and reported that there was a bomb inside the building.

    No bomb was found, and hospital workers were advised to go about their business as police promptly reopened the road. Las Vegas firefighters have also been responding.

  • Another Perspective: Alta Vista responds to threats

    By Chris Wolf

    In recent months seven bomb threats and two active shooter threats were called in to our hospital anonymously by an individual or individuals using software to block their telephone number.

    A story in today’s paper provides additional details shared by law enforcement about the response to these situations and efforts to identify the person or persons responsible. In addition, I want to share with you the impact this is having on Alta Vista Regional Hospital and the efforts we are taking to protect the safety of our staff and patients.

  • FBI publishes notes on Clinton’s emails

    By Michael Biesecker and Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton relied on the judgments of her staff and others not to illegally send emails containing classified information to her private email server, and told FBI investigators she was unclear about a classification marking on official government documents.

  • Family of missing man devastated

    Jose “Whisper” Lucero has been missing since early July and authorities are now asking for the public’s help in locating the 21-year-old.

    Lucero was last seen in the Bernal area wearing blue jeans and a gray tank top. The five-foot-seven-inch Lucero has hazel eyes and weighs 145 pounds. He has a tattoo on the left side of his neck, which reads “Whisper.”

    The Las Vegas Police Department announced last week that Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any information on Lucero’s whereabouts.

  • Vegas couple recognized by writer’s group

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named a Las Vegas couple’s anthology as one of its Star Projects for 2016.

    Las Vegas residents Corie and Sean Weaver edit and publish the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, a collection of 24 science- fiction short stories for middle grade readers.

  • Higher ed bracing for more budget cuts

    The Associated Press

    Public colleges and universities in New Mexico are bracing for budget cuts as state lawmakers prepared to deal with a budget shortfall of up to $650 million.

    Albuquerque Republican Rep. Jimmie Hall told The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that many lawmakers consider higher education one of the easiest areas to cut.

    Hall, the vice chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee, says constituents, lobbyists, legislators and staff have all told him to start by reducing higher education funding.

  • Ulibarri visits White House

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The White House invited a Highlands University media arts graduate and leader in the national maker space movement to share his expertise at an Aug. 24 Nation of Makers meeting.

    Mariano Ulibarri’s Parachute Factory put Las Vegas on the map in 2012 as the first maker space for youths in the state. His work caught the attention of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.

  • Weather - Sept. 4, 2016


    HIGH 81° / LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    6:36 a.m. to 7:23 p.m.