Today's News

  • Garcia out as East finance director

    The Las Vegas City Schools business office has had a revolving door this past fiscal year, with the finance director being suspended with pay and two consultants having been brought in to pick up the slack and get the the district’s finances back on track.

    In January, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez put then-finance director Myrna Garcia on paid administrative leave. Garcia’s contract expired on June 30, and she is out as the district’s finance director.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    BLM lifts fire restrictions  

    SANTA FE — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is lifting all fire restrictions in New Mexico.
    The lifting of restrictions slated for Tuesday comes after more areas in the state recently received rainfall or saw increased humidity levels.
    This summer has been a busy season for firefighters in New Mexico who have battled the state’s largest fire in its history in the Gila Wilderness and another massive blaze near Ruidoso.

  • Looking Back - News - July 11, 2012

    In 1912

    Thursday, July 11 — She was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Pretty Lady Marjoire of England is a member of the nobility. Lady Marjoire Manner, who is to be wedded soon in England to the Marquis of Angleney, was born in the old Montezuma Hotel. Her husband is the “handsomest peer in the land,” according to the Boston Herald.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 11, 2012

    Council to hear presentation on water rates

    The City Council meets at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at City Hall, 1700 North Grand Ave., and one of the items on the work session agenda is a presentation by Red Oak Consulting on the draft utility rate study. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Weather - July 11, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

  • FYI - News - July 11, 2012

    New Mexico State Police will be conducting DWI checkpoints in San Miguel County during the months of July and August. In addition to checkpoints, state police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols, random driver’s license and registration checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects. To report a drunk driver, dial #DWI (394).

  • Watermelon Mania
  • Noticias - July 11, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas unit of the American Red Cross helps individuals who have suffered a house fire plus engages in other emergency activities. Meetings are one Tuesday evening a month at 6 p.m. Those interested in becoming volunteers may contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224 or conniec@desertgate.com.

  • Que Pasa - July 11, 2012

    • Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, in the basement of the Methodist Church, 8th and National.


    • Benefit Dance for Alyssa Romero, 2012 Mora Fiesta Rodeo Queen Candidate, 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 14 at the Lounge in Mora, N.M.

  • For now, he’s driving

    Joey Herrera is in a powerful position right now. The newest Las Vegas City Council member is sitting in the driver’s seat as a rift between Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron only gets wider.

    The second newest council member, Vince Howell, has been siding with Ortiz, while councilor David Romero mostly follows Gurule-Giron’s lead. So when Herrera votes with Howell, the council is split 2-2, which of course tips the advantage to Ortiz.

    It happened four times at the last City Council meeting.