Today's News

  • NBA talks on Wednesday

    NEW YORK — Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for the NBA owners and players will meet Wednesday for just the second time since the lockout began.

  • FYI - Sports

    Las Vegas Adult Softball League registration is under way for fall regular and co-ed leagues. Rosters can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $200 for an eight-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Games will be held on Sundays at Rodriguez Park complex. Deadline to register and submit complete rosters is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Games begin the first week of September.

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  • Bear invasion closes river walk

    Numerous bear sightings in and around the Gallinas Park River Walk have forced officials to close the popular exercise trail from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño announced the closure Friday morning after more bear sightings there Thursday night. One bear was even caught on camera at the State Employees Credit Union. That bear managed to escape capture.

    Montaño said the river walk was closed due to safety concerns. A lot of walkers use the trail in the evening, when the bears are looking for food, he said.

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  • Two city employees suspended

    Two city of Las Vegas water department employees were suspended recently for failing to follow safety rules, the city confirmed last week.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said he could not reveal the names of the two employees because personnel actions are confidential. Romero said the incident occurred earlier this month.

  • Man to stand trial in grandma’s death

    The Las Vegas man accused of beating his grandmother to death in February 2010 will stand trial for murder after all.

    Ryan Garcia, 28,  had been found to be unfit for trial after the attack. But he has since been treated to competency.

    According to a court document, a forensic evaluator for the state Behavioral Health Institute concluded that Garcia is currently competent to stand trial.

  • Poll: Locals favor military cuts

    Submitted to the Optic

    Where do the people of Las Vegas stand on difficult questions about the national economy? What is the relative importance of jobs versus cuts in spending? Where can cuts be made? Should taxes be raised? How do our opinions compare with those of the country as a whole?

    The annual Penny Poll conducted at the People’s Faire by the Las Vegas Committee for Peace and Justice attempted to answer these questions.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 29, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Aug. 30 — Fifty-nine young people who attended the recent session of the San Miguel County teacher’s institute have been awarded teacher’s certificates by the territorial board of education. Three persons received first grade certificates and thirteen received second grade certificates. Those who received certificates are as follows: First Grade — Amelia Turner, Bessie Lodge and Doppie Cooper; Second grade — Ethel Crawford, Nira Nutter, Placida Baca, Agnes Blanchard, Lillie Galhoun, Amelia Delgado...

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 29, 2011

    State redistricting meeting is Tuesday

    The state Legislature’s redistricting committee is holding a meeting in Las Vegasbeginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Kennedy Lounge on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The meeting will include an introduction to 2011 state and congressional redistricting.

  • Weather - Aug. 29, 2011

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Wind becoming northwest 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.