Local News

  • East licenses may be at risk

    The state Public Education Department has now said the use of bond money to cover operating expenses is not only illegal, but also unconstitutional, and its Licensure Bureau is looking into the matter.

    During the 2012 fiscal year, the Las Vegas City Schools district used roughly $1.56 million in bond money to cover operational expenses,  according to an independent audit by Albuquerque-based Griego Professional Services, LCC. The audit was released by the Office of the State Auditor in early April.

  • Meet the artist - Local artist has quite a following

    By Meredith Britt
    For the Optic

    From commercial art and a degree in agriculture to gaining distinction in Indian Market, the Smithsonian Institution, museums, books and magazines, Jerry Ingram’s career as a Native American artist has steadily grown.

    His wife, Sally Ingram, creates the traditional diagonal weave beadwork of the Wisconsin Winnebago HoChunk nation so artfully that even the HoChunk people order from her.

  • Study: Global warming hurting U.S.

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    WASHINGTON — Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.

  • Fort Union hosting naturalization event

    Thirteen individuals who have met the requirements for becoming U.S. citizens will take their Oaths of Allegiance this Friday at Fort Union National Monument in Watrous.

    It’s the first time that Fort Union hosts a naturalization ceremony. The event begins at 1 p.m.

    The public is invited to attend.

  • Looking Back - May 7, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, May 5 — Financial matters took up most of the time at the West Las Vegas Council meeting last night. Mayor Fidel C. Gonzales explained the Town’s financial status to the Council and stated that although the Town has a budget of $77,718 this year, $61,258 has already been disbursed and there is well over $7,000 in outstanding bills. In regard to the outstanding bills, the mayor said, “If we go ahead and pay them, we will not be able to operate the Town for the next three months.”

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 7, 2014

    Barbecue Dinner

    Sunrise Kiwanis Club barbecue dinner, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 at West Las Vegas High School. Proceeds are donated to the needs of children in our community. Tickets are $10 and available from any Kiwanis member or by calling 425-9346.

  • Weather - May 7, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

  • Las Vegas native accepted to University of Edinburgh

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University psychology graduate Joanna Tsyitee is headed to the prestigious University of Edinburgh for a graduate program in counseling psychology.

    Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is ranked in the top 20 universities in the world. The 23-year-old Las Vegas native will begin her graduate studies in Scotland in September.

    Tsyitee completed her B.A. in psychology with a minor in anthropology from Highlands in December 2013, earning magna cum laude.

  • Native among tornado victims

    A Watrous native and her husband were among the people killed last Sunday when a massive tornado tore through their Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood.

    A concrete slab is all that is left of the home that belonged to Glenna Sue Pickett Lavergne and her husband, Dennis Troy. Vilonia  is a small community roughly 30 minutes from Little Rock.

    While most houses on the same street as their home are in rubble, the Lavergne home is scattered as it was hit with the vortex, the center of the tornado.

  • Celebrating Cinco de Mayo