Today's News

  • East to end year in black

    Las Vegas City Schools has had a run of good luck in recent weeks.  

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said that in late April she received a letter that helped solve the district’s budget woes. The letter informed the district it had been approved for E-rate funding since last July.

    The approved funding is for roughly $300,000 and will help eliminate the district’s shortfall for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

  • Celebrating success
  • Wife of ex-judge resigns

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The wife of retired District Judge Eugenio Mathis has resigned her court clerk supervisor’s position with the 4th Judicial District, according to court records.

    Michelle Pino-Mathis resigned for “personal reasons” effective April 26, according to a May 7 letter issued by the court in response to a public records request submitted by the Optic in March.

  • FBI agent charged with wife’s slaying

    The Associated Press

    STAFFORD, Va. — An FBI agent in Stafford County is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

    The Free Lance-Star  reports that Arthur “Art” Gonzales told dispatchers he killed 42-year-old Julia Serna Gonzales in self-defense when he says she attacked him with a knife. Both Gonzales and his wife had ties to Las Vegas.

    The 43-year-old defendant surrendered to authorities on Friday and is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bail.

  • Looking Back - May 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 15, 2013

    Las Vegas Youth Showcase is tonight
    Las Vegas Youth Showcase, a variety of music and dance performances by Las Vegas youth groups, will take place at 6:30 tonight (Wednesday) at Ilfeld Auditorium. General admission is $5. Children 12 and under pay $3. Advance tickets are available by calling 454-3238.

  • Weather - May 15, 2013

    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming west 5-10 mph in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 49. Breezy.


  • Seeing the dividends

    Most lawns around town are either yellow, or else the grass is completely gone. Our dreary yards are a testament to the severe drought this area has suffered over the last several years.

    The city has been in Stage IV water restrictions for more than two years, meaning that use of potable water to irrigate lawns and outdoor plants is prohibited. Those restrictions have paid off. According to the city, we currently use 1.4 million gallons of water a day, about a million gallons less than we were using in 2011.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 15, 2013
  • Work of Art — Who’s responsible for alphabet?

    Thumbing through the pages of a website called The Straight Dope, I came across a question that is totally relevant during May, the month of graduations.

    Someone on the website asked, “Why is the alphabet in alphabetical order?” The reader adds, “Who decided A was the first letter, B was the second, and so on?”