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Today's News

  • Mixed results for Vegas schools

    School grades released by the state Public Education Department Thursday morning contain both good and bad news for Las Vegas-area schools.

    The best-performing school in both the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools districts, by far, was Union Elementary.

  • Senior profile - Alnita Baker

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Resplendent in a deep amethyst outfit, Alnita Baker detailed the various events which led from her early years in Clinton, Okla., to Edinburg, Texas, and finally to Las Vegas.

  • ‘Harvey Girls’ coming to Vegas for tour

    Las Vegas’ historic Harvey House will soon be coming back to life, so why not bring in the Harvey Girls, too?

    The Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation and Allan Affeldt — the new owner of the Castañeda Hotel — plan to do just that during next Saturday’s Places With a Past Historic Homes Tour.

  • Help sought in animal cruelty case

    Animal Protection of New Mexico is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to  an arrest and prosecution in a disturbing extreme animal cruelty case.

    The Albuquerque-based group issued a news release this week highlighting the case of “Fonzi,” a 7-9-year-old male terrier mix found near Armijo Elementary School with a chain around his neck on May 20. The dog had to be euthanized eight days later because of serious health issues resulting from years of abuse and neglect.

  • Looking Back - July 25, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, July 27 — Town Police have received numerous reports of someone poisoning dogs in West Las Vegas. Police Chief Melecio Perea said that when the culprit is caught he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Perea pointed out that in addition to the grief a dead pet can bring, there is danger to children in the area where the poison is located.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 25, 2014

    Mora Fiestas
        This two-day celebration honors Santa Ana and Santiago and features a mass for the patron saints of the fiestas. There will be plenty of activities, including live music, rodeos, a parade and plenty of food vendors.
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  • Weather - July 25

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

  • Area man arrested on child porn charges

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas resident was arrested by the FBI last week and is facing charges of possessing, receiving and distributing visual depictions of minors engage in sexually explicit conduct.

  • Jail Log - July 25, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 11 and July 18:
    Olivia Montaño, 33, probation violation: positive UA (heroin) 10-day sanction
    Patrick Trujillo, 30, probation violation: positive for alcohol and failure to report three-day sanction
    Joe Encinias, 24, battery on household member
    Frank Romero, 27, failure to appear, bench warrant, Bernalillo
    Gemma Esquibel, 43, disorderly conduct
    Melissa Ortega, age unavailable, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, LV Municipal

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 25, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! A LACK OF PRIDE
    Many in our community were outraged that some lowlife would have the audacity to steal the spear from the beautiful warrior carving in Plaza Park that was recently completed. We can’t imagine that the spear is worth much, so whoever took it likely did it as a prank, and we’re here to tell you it’s not funny. The craftsman who created the carving spent countless hours on the project. For someone to spoil that by walking away with the spear is just plain wrong.

    THUMBS DOWN! A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH