Today's News

  • Bookkeeper to testify against Vaughan

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bookkeeper who kept the financial records for an alleged multi-state Ponzi scheme is lined up as a key witness in the criminal prosecution of the former real estate executive accused of swindling more than 600 people out of some $74 million.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Martha Runkle has reached a plea agreement to testify that her former boss, Doug Vaughan, ran an investment scheme in which money put up by later investors was used to pay false profits to earlier ones.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 23, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Nov. 21 — Four minutes were required this morning by the jury in the case of the territory against Frank Mitchell in returning a verdict. Mitchell was indicted this morning ... on a charge of larceny... He pleaded not guilty... Several months ago, Mitchell, who was employed by J.W. Ackerman, the dairyman took the Ackerman team and wagon and drove to Las Vegas ... where he purchased some groceries and feed and other supplies, which he directed should be charged to Mr. Ackerman. He did not return to the Ackerman farm.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 23, 2011

    Carnegie story time is Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, Nov. 23, in the children’s area of the library. This week’s book is “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bouregeois and the character theme is “Franklin” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Nov. 23, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.  

    A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    Area residents who typically have their trash picked up by city crews on Thursdays are asked to put their rollout containers out on Wednesday instead due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday’s special needs pick-up will be picked up Monday through Wednesday as crews are on their regular routes. The solid waste transfer station will close Thursday and Friday.

  • Debbie Pike: Woman with a sharp eye and good aim

    By Elizabeth Orem
    Submitted to the Optic

    Debbie Pike hadn’t unpacked before she took a group of Cub Scouts on a hike, spent a day at Maxwell National Refuge, attended a lecture on grasses, and started work on the Junior Duck Stamp contest.

    And that’s all in less than a week. She’s had help: Debbie smiles gratefully at Lori Casados of the Refuge staff. “Lori is an awesome lady,” Pike said.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 23, 2011

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bouregeois and the character theme is “Franklin” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.” All programs are free and open to the public.

    • Free Thanksgiving Dinner, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, at El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Avenue.

  • Noticias - Nov. 23, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • Searching for Billy Goat Roberts

    By John McLeod
    Rio Gallinas School

    He was a colonel in the Spanish American War in the Philippines. He was a superb marksman with a slingshot. He was successful in obtaining a mail order bride from Chicago. He loved adventure and was last seen heading down the Rio Grande River on a raft on his way to the East Coast of the United States.  

    These are only a few of the stories that students at Rio Gallinas School for Ecology and the Arts have been researching of a man known affectionately as Billy Goat Roberts.

  • Super failure: Panel gives up

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Congress' supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending.