Local News

  • Watershed projects funded

    The state has awarded nearly $1.2 million to thin 950 acres in the Gallinas Watershed in an effort to improve the health of Las Vegas’ primary water source and reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire breaking out there.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the funding Friday. In all, she said $6.2 million in capital outlay money is being awarded statewide for watershed restoration on public lands.

  • 2 years later, still no answers

    Two years after Cindy Rivera went missing from a home on the 400 block of Peggy Lane, her family is still searching for answers.

    “Every day that passes is sadder and sadder for our family,” her aunt, Deddie Rivera said. “It’s hard to live happy when Cindy is still missing.”

    Deddie Rivera said her family is haunted by the unanswered questions. Is Cindy dead or alive? Where is she? What happened to her?

    “There are no new leads and no arrest, but the investigation still continues,” Deddie Rivera said.

  • Looking Back - June 30, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, July 1 — Leveo Sanchez, 34, former Las Vegan, has been appointed deputy director of Peace Corps operations for Latin America, it was announced recently by Director Sargent Shriver. He replaces Warren G. Fuller, who was recently appointed Peace Corps Representative in Brazil. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Sanchez got his B.A. in economics and business administration from Highlands University. Later he earned his M.A. in foreign affairs and Latin American studies from George Washington University.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 30, 2014

    Swimming lessons available
    Highlands University swimming pool is offering swim lessons for children 4 and older starting June 30. The lessons run Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for two weeks for the cost of $30 for eight lessons. Registration takes place through Monday, July 10 before each session. If you have any questions, call the pool at 454-3073.

  • Weather - June 30, 2014

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.


  • Juveniles injured in crash

    A single-vehicle accident near the Castañeda Hotel Saturday night left two juveniles injured, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Three juveniles were in the car when it skidded into a light pole, knocking it over. Two of the juveniles were transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, one with critical injuries, Montaño said. Alcohol is not suspected.

    No other details were immediately available.

  • Perea tapped for cancer research internship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University chemistry junior Melecio Perea is one of only 30 students in the country selected to work on state-of-the-art cancer research in a summer internship at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Perea, a 20-year-old Las Vegas native, is spending 10 weeks on the Penn campus in Philadelphia for the paid internship.

  • Breaking: Regulators forcing changes at Community 1st Bank

    Concerns about problem loans at Community 1st Bank have prompted state and federal regulators to force the Las Vegas institution to make a series of changes, including removing Ray Litherland as its CEO and mandating tighter controls in how it lends money.

  • Plaza Hotel deal gets OK

    The New Mexico Finance Authority signed off Thursday on the sale of the Plaza Hotel, a move that clears the way for the new owner of the Castañeda Hotel to close on the purchase of the Plaza this Monday.

    The Plaza Hotel went into receivership in June 2012 after the previous owner of the property defaulted on a loan to Española-based Valley National Bank. The hotel has remained open throughout the ordeal, although it has reportedly been losing money.

  • Senior profile - Dr. Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    In September of 2003, Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg took seriously Mary’s brother, Mark’s, suggestion that they look into the Las Vegas/Mora Valley area as an option for their “dream site.” The couple made a 10-day visit, and it didn’t take much to convince them that here was a place that could cure their “flashbacks” to the climate they had enjoyed in their one-year stay in Lesoto, Africa.