Today's News

  • James helps U.S. survive a scare

    By Brian Mahoney
    AP Basketball Writer

    LONDON  — It’s a collection of superstars with MVP trophies, scoring titles and all sorts of impressive statistics. And it wasn’t until the U.S. men’s basketball team was finally challenged that it found its leader.

    Lithuania was on the verge of an Olympic-sized upset when LeBron James made four big baskets in the final four minutes Saturday, finishing with 20 points in a 99-94 victory that kept the Americans unbeaten but cracked their aura of invincibility.

  • Truman grandson visits A-bomb memorial

    By Mari Yamaguchi
    The Associated Press

    TOKYO — A grandson of ex-U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims.

    Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his grandfather. Another atomic blast in Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

  • Rate hike: What you’d pay

    Gear up for sticker shock, especially if you’re a city of Las Vegas water customer who lives outside city limits.

    The city is hoping to lessen the pain by imposing incremental increases over the next few years, with additional revenues generated being dedicated to fixing part of the water system’s aged infrastructure, like a dam and water lines.

  • Recycling 101 - Initiative gaining momentum

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    Recycling has never been easier for area residents, with seven recycling sites now operating across San Miguel County and one more on the way.

    “One of our goals is to make (recycling) as convenient and user-friendly as possible,” said city recycling coordinator Alvin Jiron.

  • Honoring a life cut short by cancer

    Kenn Rust hadn’t been feeling well for a few months, but everyone chalked his symptoms up to a cold or the flu.

    His gums had been bleeding, but that didn’t set off alarm bells either.

    Everyone assumed it was because of the dental work he had been having.

    Monique Roybal said that two days after her step-father, mother, Viola, and her older son returned home after spending Christmas with her here in Las Vegas, she got a call from her mother, who told her that Rust was getting worse.

  • Man who killed grandma sentenced

    The Las Vegas man accused of killing his grandmother in February 2010 was sentenced to prison last month.

    Ryan Garcia, 29, pleaded guilty earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter and to aggravated battery against a household member, both third-degree felonies. Under that plea agreement, Garcia was facing between six and nine years in prison.

  • Looking Back - August 3, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Aug. 6 — Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Las Vegas, which contributed seven scholarships, headed the list of donors to the Highlands University Scholarship Drive last week. The total number of scholarships contributed to date now is 51. The goal of the drive is 75. Other multiple donors to the fund last week included Murphy’s Drug Store, which contributed two scholarships, and the First National Bank in Las Vegas, which also gave two. 

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 3, 2012

    Concert kicks off Heritage Week 2012

    New Mexico Territorial Brass Band will kick off Heritage week this evening (Friday) with a concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Plaza Park (rain location Traveler’s Cafe, 1814 Plaza). For more on Heritage Week events, see story on Page C8.

  • Weather - August 3, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. North wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • FYI - News - August 3, 2012

    Don’t forget that the state’s annual tax holiday kicks off today and continues through the weekend. No gross receipts tax is being imposed on certain clothing and shoes up to $100, computers costing $1,000 or less and computer hardware of $500 or less, such as printers. School supplies costing up to $15 are also tax free.