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Today's News

  • FYI - Sports

    The Optic is looking to provide the most complete local sports coverage available. To submit scores, statistics or story ideas, e-mail: dkavanaugh@lasvegas optic.com.

  • Abuse suspected in boy’s injury

    Authorities suspect child abuse in the case of a 20-month-old boy who was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital last month with life-threatening head injuries, the Optic has learned.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said this week that city police were requested at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital emergency room on April 25 in reference to an injured child.

  • Time to Celebrate
  • Las Vegas medical pot activist dies

    Robert Jones, the medical marijuana user whose battle with the San Miguel County housing authority garnered national attention last year, has died. He was 70.

    Jones was with caregiver John Emerick, and he was surrounded by other friends when he died at Alta Vista Regional Hospital on Wednesday morning.

    He had battled cancer, emphysema, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Emerick said Jones was in remission from his cancer. But chemotherapy damaged his lungs, causing his death, he said.

  • Senior Profile - ‘Chula’ McWilliams keeps the spirit alive

    If there is a word which might characterize the life of now-100 year old Sara Esperon Pimentel de McWilliams, it just might be “tapestry,” a term that implies a pleasing complexity of detail.

    The tapestry (tapiceria) of Sara’s life has been interwoven with life experiences spanning the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, north to the USA, from Indiana to New Mexico. Sara was born May 6, 1911, in Oaxaca city, the second daughter of Jose Esperon Ceballos and Maria Pimentel de Esperon.

  • City moves forward on 3 projects

    The Las Vegas City Council voted Tuesday to move forward on three high-profile projects: the purchase of about 125 acre-feet of water from the state Game and Fish Department, partnering with the county on a regional recycling system and hiring an architect to design the proposed gateway over University Avenue.

    The water purchase and recycling measures passed unanimously while the gateway project required a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

    Water purchase

  • Local Briefs

    Five injured in
    I-25 accident

    Five Las Vegas youths were transported to a Santa Fe hospital Wednesday afternoon after the vehicle they were in crashed into a median on Interstate 25 between Pecos and El Dorado and rolled several times, according to state police.

    The driver of the vehicle, Ty Lewis, 18, sustained the worst of the injuries — an apparent skull fracture, Sgt. Tim Johnson said. He said it appears Lewis is going to be fine. Lewis is a graduating senior at Robertson High School.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Monday, May 29 — Considerable damage was done yesterday afternoon by the hail to the buildings and gardens of the Las Vegas Green Houses of which Perry Onion is the proprietor. The new green houses were not damaged as the glass is of double strength and is capable of resisting the roughest of hail storms. The older buildings, however, got the full benefit of the storm, many square feet of glass being broken. Flowers and plants growing in these structures were considerably damaged...

  • Looking Ahead

    Movies in the Park this Saturday

    “Splendor in the Grass,” will be shown at dusk on Saturday at Carnegie Library park (weather permitting). Popcorn, drinks and snacks will be sold by the Friends of the Library.

  • Weather - May 27, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night with a low around 47. West wind 10-20 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny and breezy, with a high near 83. West wind 10-15 mph,  increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 49.

    Sunday
    Sunny and breezy, with a high near 79. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 48.