Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 28, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Forest travel plan upheld

    Conservation groups say a federal court has upheld a travel management plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that limits access for recreational use.
    The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque ruled Friday that a statewide off-highway vehicle user group that sued the forest over the plan did not have a persuasive enough argument.
    The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed its lawsuit in 2012 after a forest supervisor signed off on the plan.

  • Looking Back - July 28, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, July 28 — Three members of the Beeville, Texas, High School football squad are discussing enrollment plans with Highlands University head coach Jack Scofield during a visit here. They are center Rabb Wyatt (6-1, 190), quarterback, Jody Council (5-8, 155) and tackle Ronnie McCraig. Scofield had trouble getting McCraig on the scales. The NMHU scale goes to 250 pounds but the big tackle weighs 291 pounds and stands 6-3. All three will report for fall practice on Aug. 31.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 28, 2014

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light east.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

  • Mora Fiestas
  • Mixed results for Vegas schools

    School grades released by the state Public Education Department Thursday morning contain both good and bad news for Las Vegas-area schools.

    The best-performing school in both the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools districts, by far, was Union Elementary.

  • Senior profile - Alnita Baker

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Resplendent in a deep amethyst outfit, Alnita Baker detailed the various events which led from her early years in Clinton, Okla., to Edinburg, Texas, and finally to Las Vegas.

  • ‘Harvey Girls’ coming to Vegas for tour

    Las Vegas’ historic Harvey House will soon be coming back to life, so why not bring in the Harvey Girls, too?

    The Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation and Allan Affeldt — the new owner of the Castañeda Hotel — plan to do just that during next Saturday’s Places With a Past Historic Homes Tour.

  • Help sought in animal cruelty case

    Animal Protection of New Mexico is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to  an arrest and prosecution in a disturbing extreme animal cruelty case.

    The Albuquerque-based group issued a news release this week highlighting the case of “Fonzi,” a 7-9-year-old male terrier mix found near Armijo Elementary School with a chain around his neck on May 20. The dog had to be euthanized eight days later because of serious health issues resulting from years of abuse and neglect.

  • Looking Back - July 25, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, July 27 — Town Police have received numerous reports of someone poisoning dogs in West Las Vegas. Police Chief Melecio Perea said that when the culprit is caught he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Perea pointed out that in addition to the grief a dead pet can bring, there is danger to children in the area where the poison is located.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 25, 2014

    Mora Fiestas
        This two-day celebration honors Santa Ana and Santiago and features a mass for the patron saints of the fiestas. There will be plenty of activities, including live music, rodeos, a parade and plenty of food vendors.