Today's News

  • Weather - Sept. 7, 2011

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming east. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. East wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Advocates rally on immigrant issue

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Immigrant rights groups chanted “Jesus was an immigrant” under the office of Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday morning as lawmakers were returning to Santa Fe for a special session that will include a proposed repeal of a law that lets illegal immigrants get New Mexico driver’s licenses.

  • New Mexico and Las Vegas News In Brief

    From The Associated Press
    and Optic staff

    Customer robbed outside of bank

    A customer who was outside the Wells Fargo bank on Eighth and Mills was robbed Tuesday morning, police said.

    Las Vegas police Chief Christian Montaño said the incident occurred at around 10 a.m. He said nobody was injured in the armed robbery.

  • Navajo woman helps prompt mine cleanup

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah  — The stretch of high desert on the Arizona-Utah border gives way to towering rock formations that resemble huge mittens, chimney spires and castles. But to the west of Monument Valley lies a reminder of what has been blamed for much heartache and tragedy in Elsie Mae Begay’s family: A mesa stained with a gray streak where uranium was mined decades ago.

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  • Noticias - Sept. 7, 2011

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

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv @gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.

  • Murals restored at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Deal era murals at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium were restored to their original beauty this summer, thanks to a partnership between the New Mexico Chapter of the New Deal Preservation Association and the university.

  • In Brief - News Sept. 7, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Publisher named for magazine

    SANTA FE — Jodi Vevoda, a publishing executive with experience in sales and management at top national media companies, has been appointed publisher of New Mexico Magazine.

  • Officials: 1,000 homes burn

    By Will Weissert
    Associated Press

    AUSTIN, Texas — More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze close to Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.

    Speaking at a news conference near one of the fire-ravaged areas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said more than 100,000 acres have burned in the drought-stricken state.