Today's News

  • Optic Endorsements

    Hands down, it’s Howell

    Vincent Howell has been a well-known fixture in Las Vegas for more than two decades — as a successful businessman and a community servant. He’s been a giver of his time, talents and money to many a worthy cause, and now he’s seeking a position on the Las Vegas City Council. The city stands to benefit even more from his nature — if the voters place him on the council in the upcoming municipal election.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 27, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Power shifts

    Hidden within our municipal races this year is the stark reality that two of the most progressive council members in recent times are about to step aside. And while both of them were touted at one time or another as outstanding candidates for mayor, in the final analysis neither of them sought that position.

    I’m talking about Diane Moore, who was elected to the council in 2006 and Andrew Feldman, who won his seat in 2008. They were usually allies on the political battlefield, but they often had very different approaches to the issues facing Las Vegas.

  • Mayor intervenes for chamber

    Less than a week after the City Council voted to terminate the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce contract, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has issued an executive order allowing all but the marketing portion of the contract to continue.

    The executive order means that, for now at least, the chamber will continue to be paid for such things as operating the visitor center, the website and the 1-800 number and helping out with conventions coming to town. The marketing portion of the contract, however, is still being terminated, with the city taking over that function for now.

  • Officers Recognized
  • Alcohol suspected in rollover

    City police and rescue crews were dispatched to Seventh Street late Wednesday night after a vehicle overturned, partially ejecting its driver, in what police believe to be a DWI-related crash.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño identified the driver of the vehicle as a juvenile. His age was not immediately available.

    Police say he was speeding south on Seventh Street without headlights when he lost control of the vehicle. Montaño said the vehicle left the road, struck a sign and then a utility pole and then flipped.

  • Senior Profile — Dorothy Simpson

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Imagine having celebrated only 17 birthdays and being able to boast a resume like Dorothy Simpson’s!

    She’s an educator, writer, and a generally well-rounded individual. Her curriculum vita numbers 16 pages, one for each of her prior birthdays, and, well, that’s no exaggeration.

  • Local couple turns to solar power

    Josette Martinez wasn’t too excited when her husband, Archie, suggested that they install a solar system on their house.

    The couple had experience with an alternative energy system in the past, and it didn’t leave a good impression.

    “She thought I was crazy,” Archie said. But he didn’t budge, arranging for representatives from a solar company to come to his 2,000 square-foot Legion Drive home and talk to them about solar energy.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 24, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 14 and Feb. 21:

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 24, 2012

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