Today's News

  • Grad rate up at West, down at East

    The latest graduation figures released last week by the state Public Education Department contained good news for West Las Vegas High and not so good news for Robertson High.

    The four-year graduation rate for West Las Vegas High shot up 9.9 percent from the prior year while the rate at Robertson dropped by 5.6 percent.

    The PED’s latest numbers show that 81.8 percent of the students who began at West High as freshmen graduated four years later with the class of 2010. The graduation rate for West High’s class of 2009 had been 71.9 percent.

  • State agencies laying off workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.

    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.

  • Fireworks banned in San Miguel County

    With the Fourth of July holiday just a few weeks away, San Miguel County officials issued a notice Thursday reminding the public that fireworks are banned in the county.

    “The drought conditions have persisted. The terrain is volatile. Any firework, or any spark can set off a disaster fire,” County Fire Chief Russell Pacheco said Friday.

    The fireworks are banned under the Level III fire restrictions imposed throughout the county in April. The county fireworks ban is not in force within the Las Vegas and Pecos municipal boundaries.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, June 14 — The building committee of the Las Vegas lodge of Elks announced at the regular meeting of the lodge last night that it had accepted the plans submitted by Architect E. W. Hart for the new club home. Drawings of the exterior of the building ... were presented for the inspection of the Elks... The building will be erected upon the lots at the corner of Ninth St. and Douglas Avenue, recently purchased by the lodge. The style is of the English manor house of the Tudor period...

  • Looking Ahead

    Flag Day event is Tuesday
    Woodmen of the World Lodge 2 in coordination with the city of Las Vegas and the VFW Post 1547 will host a Flag Day presentation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Veterans Park on Mills Avenue. Everyone is invited to participate.

  • Weather - June 13, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 53.

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53.

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:45 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.

  • FYI

    Las Vegas is 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.

  • Schools participate in project

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    West Las Vegas and Robertson High Schools are among only six high schools nationwide selected to participate in an innovative NASA and SRI International pilot project for climate change education through a partnership with the New Mexico Highlands University GEAR-UP Program.

  • Que Pasa - June 13, 2011


  • Noticias - June 13, 2011

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

    • A survivors fund has been set up for the families of Gene Hern and Frank Romero. The following are the accounts: Children of Gene Hern, Wells Fargo account number 7040660958 and the widow of Frank Romero, Wells Fargo account number 7040660941.

    • The city of Las Vegas employee union has set up memorial funds for Gene Hern and Frank Romero at the State Employees Credit Union. The Hern account number is 3001582700 and the Romero account is 3001582710.