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Today's News

  • East board fuming over audit

    For several years, Las Vegas City Schools has been behind on its financial audits.

    This time they’re blaming the auditor. During a board meeting late last week, the board directed Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez to ask Albuquerque-based Griego Professional Services to turn in the 2011-12 school year audit this past Friday to the State Auditors Office. McNellis-Martinez also expressed her concern over the work and timeliness of Griego Professional Services and the resulting problems the district has had because of the delay.

  • Preparing a Feast
  • Bus driver apologizes for speeding

    The West Las Vegas bus driver who was cited earlier this month for speeding and reckless driving while taking students home says he was distracted and shouldn’t have returned to work so soon after his house burned down.

    “I would like to let the West Las Vegas District, community and parents know I never intended to put any one of my students I transport in any danger,” said John Lujan. “The children’s safety comes first at all times.”

  • El Sombrero continues tradition

    Helen Rivera knows about giving back to the community and saying thanks. Rivera, owner of El Sombrero restaurant, will continue her tradition of offering free Thanksgiving meals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday at the eatery located at 825 Mills Ave.

    Rivera started offering the free traditional Thanksgiving meal in 1996 when she first purchased the business. Since then the tradition has grown with hundreds going in for a free meal.

  • Judge refuses to block teacher evals

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state District Court judge is refusing to block Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.

    According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Judge C. Shannon Baca’s order issued Friday says the Public Education Department has authority under state law to impose an evaluation system of its own design.

  • Several local stores to be open on Thanksgiving

    If you’re in the mood for some holiday shopping after your Thanksgiving meal, you’re in luck.

    Bealls and Wal-Mart are opening their doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, while Sears will open at 7 p.m. And if last year is any indication, there will surely be lots of shoppers lined up waiting to take advantage of the blockbuster deals the stores are having. Sales will continue Friday and throughout the weekend.  

  • Looking Back - Nov. 27, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Approximately 800 Highlands University students and faculty attended the Memorial Service for the late President John F. Kennedy at Ilfeld Auditorium Monday. Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, president of the university, presented the short eulogy. The Rev. Father Manuel Campos gave the Invocation and the Rev. Kelley Scott gave the Benediction. The Highlands Choir provided special music.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 27, 2013

    Story time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I Am The Turkey” by Michele Sobel Spirn. Free and open to the public

  • Weather - Nov. 27, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 48. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:48 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • FYI - Nov. 27, 2013

    For the first time since 1888, Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. That’s not expected to happen again for another 79,000 years. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah. And remember that the Optic will be closed Thursday and Friday.