Today's News

  • Asbestos work planned at Municipal Court

    The city of Las Vegas has hired a contractor to conduct asbestos remediation work at Municipal Court, which is housed in a city building at 727 Grand Ave., that is also home to the city museum.

    City Manager Elmer Martinez said work would begin once the state issues a permit for the project. Once the permit is issued and the work begins, the project will likely take two or two-and-a-half weeks to complete.

  • Talk on small town economies is Tuesday

    By Sharon Vander Meer

    Can small towns be cool? That’s the topic of a presentation by David Ivan, Ph.D., director of Michigan State University Extension, in Lansing, Mich. The “Economic Development in Small Rural Communities” forum will take place on Tuesday in the Plaza Hotel events room beginning at 11:45 a.m. Ivan is the keynote speaker. Also on the program is Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development, who will talk about economic sustainability from a New Mexico rural development perspective.

  • HU student helps develop LANL exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The science behind Arctic climate change will be more approachable at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Bradbury Science Museum, thanks to videos produced by a Highlands University media arts student.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 24, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Aug. 25 — Freshman applications for admission to Highlands University have reached an all-time high, according to James E. Connor, comptroller at HU. Eighteen percent of the applicants were denied admission to Highlands because they could not meet the high admission standards. More than 930 applications have been received. States other than New Mexico (211), with the highest number of applicants are: New York, 24; New Jersey, 18; California, 17; Illinois, 16; Texas, 12; and Hawaii, 10.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 24, 2015

    Magistrate Court to close
    Magistrate Court will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 28 as staff is attending the Magistrate Court Conference. Magistrate court will be open on Monday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Aug. 25 but will not have judges available on Tuesday, Aug. 25 as judges will be at the conference starting on Tuesday. Regular hours resume on Monday, Aug. 31.

  • Weather - Aug. 24, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:27 a.m. to 7:39 p.m.

  • Western wildfires strain resources

    By Keith Ridler
    The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho — This summer’s massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a long-standing debate about whether it is better to fight a fire — or to sometimes just let it burn out.

    Drought and heat have combined to make this one of the most active fire seasons in the Lower 48 in recent years.

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  • Noticias- August 24, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Music from Angel Fire returns to Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Music from Angel Fire presents its Las Vegas concert starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University. The 2015 festival season, titled Made in America, celebrates American composers and music, as well as international composers that were inspired by America, or wrote special works while in residence here. Each program is hand-selected by violinist Ida Kavafian, now in her 31st season as artistic director.