Today's News

  • Luna may scrap search

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees plans to discuss and take action on terminating its presidential search and retaining controversial interim President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as its permanent president.

    That action item is on the  agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Luna’s Student Services Board Room. The agenda states that board Chairman Daniel Romero will present the item.

    The Optic was unable to reach Romero for comment Sunday morning.

  • Anti-bullying campaign
  • Las Vegas firefighters to get raises

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a new agreement that will give members of the city’s firefighters union 50 cent per hour pay raises.

    The pay hike is equivalent to an annual raise of $1,040.

    Negotiations between the city administration and the International Association of Firefighters Local 4624 began in June.

    The agreement approved by the Council had already been ratified unanimously by members of the firefighters union.

  • Food stamp proposal blasted

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The clock is ticking as New Mexico and other states move toward reinstating work and job-training requirements for certain low-income adults who receive food stamps.

    Statewide waivers that have been in place since the economy took a dive in 2009 are expiring, and federal officials have warned that few states will be eligible for extensions.

  • Looking Back - July 20, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, July 21 — A new station manager, Dennis Mitchell, 34, has been appointed for Radio Station KFUN Las Vegas, and the present station manager, Stewart Chamberlain, is moving to Gallup to KGAK as assistant general manager. Mitchell, who presently is with KRTC in Santa Fe in a commercial capacity, was formerly program director of KGAK for a little over two years.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 20, 2015

    Municipal Court closed this week
    Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed July 20 through July 24. Staff will be attending Conferences thru out the week. Court will re-open July 27, 2015.

  • Weather - July 20, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

  • Medicaid enrollment surges

    By Christina A. Cassidy
    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA — More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years.

    Some lawmakers warn the price of expanding the health care program for poor and lower-income Americans could mean less money available for other state services, including education.

  • Camp provides hands-on experience to students

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Eighth grade girls from around New Mexico gained hands-on science knowledge from Highlands University women faculty at an AAUW Tech Trek Camp aimed at building confidence and stimulating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

    The American Association of University Women New Mexico sponsored the camp last week in collaboration with Highlands University.

    Forestry professor Sara Brown taught two workshops during Tech Trek titled, Wildfire Science: It’s Hot!

  • Que Pasa - July 20, 2015

    • Municipal Court closed from Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24.  Staff will be attending Conferences throughout the week. Court will re-open on Monday, July 27.

    • Civic Resources Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 at the West Las Vegas High School gym. There will be free food and music with information regarding community outreach services, promoting health, nutrition, education, therapy and safety.