Today's News

  • Hands-on learning

    Students at the West Las Vegas School District are the beneficiaries of a $5,000 grant from Intel.

    The large computer chip manufacture awarded the district the STEM grant to West Las Vegas High School last month. The grants are geared toward promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.

    Etta Bustos, a high school technology teacher, wrote the grant proposal to purchase needed materials for her technology lab.

  • Amendments on general election ballot

    With early voting for the Nov. 6 general election already under way, it’s time to start brushing up on the five constitutional amendments that will greet voters when they show up to cast their ballots.

    Three of the five amendments deal with the state Public Regulation Commission, a powerful state agency that regulates everything from utilities to insurance companies. Those amendments will be covered in a future issue.

  • Acquitted killer facing new charge

    The man acquitted last year for a fatal road rage incident was arrested again late last month in Albuquerque for allegedly shooting at a reckless driver.

    Richard Baca, 24, a New Mexico Army National Guard sergeant, was arrested and charged with a single count of shooting at a vehicle, a felony. He posted bond and was released.

    The latest incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Sept. 29, online court records reveal.

  • NMHU Honorees
  • Looking Back - Oct. 10, 2012

    In 1962
    Thursday, Oct. 11 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Campbell accused Gov. Edwin Mechem Wednesday night of taking “an attitude of almost disdain” toward the needs of New Mexico’s depressed areas. “It is in the best interest of all the state to help residents of these areas raise their economic standards,” Campbell told a campaign meeting in Las Vegas. “They need adequate educational opportunities including vocational and technical training...”

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 10, 2012

    Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant is Saturday
    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization’s 11th annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant will be held at 4 p.m. this Saturday at the West Las Vegas High School cafeteria. Six girls will be competing for the title in four phases of competition. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

  • Weather - Oct. 10, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. South wind around 15 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Windy.

  • Nominations being accepted for preservation awards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation invites the public to nominate persons and businesses that have significantly improved their buildings this past year for CCHP’s annual preservation awards.

    Awards and recognition will be given for renovations, restorations and general improvements of historic homes and buildings throughout Las Vegas.  Recognition may also be given to individuals who have made a significant impact on preservation in Las Vegas.  

  • Inaugural Las Vegas Paint Out begins today

    Submitted to the Optic

    Those who like to make art out of doors or who think they might like to try it are invited to register for the first Las Vegas Paint Out, today (Wednesday) through Saturday.  The Las Vegas Plein Air Club and the Las Vegas Arts Council are coordinating this outdoor painting event to inspire local artists and to introduce others to our unique town and its environs.

  • Noticias - Oct. 10, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com