Today's News

  • East officials say $500K in cuts needed

    The drama over Las Vegas City Schools’  budget woes continues.

    During a board meeting last week, district officials said the state Public Education Department has assured them that the east side school district will receive $500,000 in emergency supplemental funding.

    District officials said they met with PED Deputy Secretary Paul Aguilar earlier this month, and he provided the assurance.  

    “It has been a really challenging year,” Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said.

  • City amends law to allow beer sales

    Plans to sell beer at the Rodriguez Park Complex during professional baseball games took a major step forward last week with the City Council approving changes to its drinking in public ordinance that would allow it.

    City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the changes, while Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined with Councilors Vince Howell and Joey Herrera to approve it.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 27, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Fire restrictions imposed
    SANTA FE — State Land Commissioner Ray Powell is prohibiting smoking, open fires and fireworks on state trust land because of the risk of wildfires.
    Powell announced the restrictions on Monday. He said the potential for human-caused fires is high because of drought conditions as well as recent high winds.
    The Land Office manages nine million acres of state-owned land and 13 million acres of subsurface rights to oil, natural gas and minerals.

  • Looking Back - March 27, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, March 29 — The highly complicated computer is generally viewed as an operation in a scientific never-never land that the ordinary person does not enter. But last week Highlands University’s IBM 1620 produced answers that anybody can understand. Dr. A.A. Kraus, a physics professor at Highlands, said the computer determined the points at which local sales tax should be set: To 10 cents, no tax; 11 to 36 cents, one cent; 37 to 61 cents, two cents tax; 62 to 86 cents, three cents tax; 87 cents to $1, four cents tax.    

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 27, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is held at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Wednesday in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Ollie’s Easter Eggs” by Olivier Dunrea. Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 27, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming east 5-10 mph in the evening.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 62. East wind 5-10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63 and a low around 35.

  • Correction - March 27, 2013

    The Optic misidentified one of the Fiesta de La Hispanidad participants in a photo published on the cover of Monday’s edition. The guitarist is Christian Gutiérrez of the group Matt & the 2 Timers.

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  • Good Friday and Easter holiday closings

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed or have an early closure on Friday in observance of Good Friday.
    • City of Las Vegas offices: Closing on noon on Friday
    • Trash pickup: All trash removal should be done prior to Friday, however, if there is a problem, call 429-0214
    • Abelino Montoya Recreation Center: Open until 5 p.m. on Friday and regular hours on Saturday, closed Sunday
    • Carnegie Public Library: Closing at noon on Friday, open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday