Today's News

  • Local DJ says donations needed

    Donations are low this year for the 14th Annual Turkey Drive organized by Charlynne “Charli” Otero of KMDZ 96.7 FM. 

    As of Tuesday morning, Otero said she had enough donations to cover the cost of roughly 35 turkeys for this year’s drive. That’s a far cry from the roughly 200 turkeys distributed to needy families during last year’s drive. The freezer at the radio station — normally overflowing with turkeys this time of year – is now home to only one small turkey.

  • Alta Vista named a ‘top performer’

    Las Vegas Optic

    Administrators and staff at Alta Vista Regional Hospital are celebrating after the hospital on Tuesday was recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.

    Specifically, the local hospital was recognized because it is excelling in providing treatment for  pneumonia, and for its surgical care and immunization work in 2014.

  • Auditor issues warning to school districts

    The Office of the State Auditor issued a risk advisory to all school districts on Tuesday, warning that failing to comply with the School Personnel Act could lead to serious problems.

  • French hunt second fugitive, launch new airstrikes

    By Lori Hinnant
    and Jamey Keaten
    The Associated Press

    PARIS — French police are hunting for a second fugitive directly involved in the deadly Paris attacks, officials said Tuesday, as France made an unprecedented demand that its European Union allies support its military action against the Islamic State group.

  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 18, 2015
  • Editorial: Combatting terrorism

    Editor’s note: This editorial is from the (Peoria) Journal Star and was initially published Nov. 14.

  • A work of Art: ‘More muscle over here’

    It’s unsettling to see so much unrest in an institution that has been dear to us. I watched a clip of a lot of tussling on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus at the time the university’s president, Tim Wolfe  and a chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, resigned their jobs in response to complaints by students at the mostly-white university.

  • Looking Back Nov. 18, 2015

    Friday, Nov. 12, 1965 — American Legion Post 24 burned the mortgage on the American Legion property north of Las Vegas near the rodeo grounds. The mortgage has been completely paid off. At the ceremony were Legionnaires Ned Winston, J. Harvey Brown, Commander Sammy Martinez, Max Sandoval, Dale Gerdeman, George Lingnau, John Carlson and Seth Gray.

  • Weather Nov. 18, 2015


    HIGH 52° / LOW 23°

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the morning.

    6:39 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


    HIGH 52° / LOW 29°

    Sunny, with a high near 52. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night -
    mostly clear, with a low around 29.

    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


  • Call for scripts issued by Nat Gold Players

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nat Gold Players has issued a call for original scripts for 10-minute plays to be performed as part of the Boxed Seats production to be scheduled early in 2016, reports Nat Gold president Kayt C. Peck.

    Rules for scripts include:

    • Each script must be no more than 10 minutes

    • Sets are limited to four wooden cubes (the Box Seats) to be provided by Nat Gold Players

    • A maximum of four characters