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  • Competition set for May - Robotics fascinate West students

    A pint-sized robot creeps across the floor, its wheels whirring noisily as it turns to navigate a path.

    Nearby, a couple of middle-schoolers watch intently, one of them chuckling.

    “What could you do to make it go faster?” asks an instructor.

    The student examines his machine, furrowing his brow slightly.

    Then it dawns on him — a slight modification to reduce resistance to the robot’s movement. There’s almost a grin, but this is, after all, serious business.

  • Gov to visit Las Vegas

    As promised, Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Las Vegas Tuesday to sign the capital outlay bill that sets aside $10 million for the city of Las Vegas’s Bradner Dam expansion project.

    The signing is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Plaza Park gazebo. However, in the event of inclement weather, the signing will be moved to the Council chambers at City Hall, 1700 North Grand Avenue.

  • Storms bring little drought relief

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A drought across New Mexico will like persist despite a spate of recent snow and rain.

    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report indicates a few inches of snow that fell in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains last weekend still aren’t bringing the state’s water levels close to where they need to be, the New Mexican reported.

  • In Brief - Las Vegas - March 10, 2014

    City Schools seeking chief

    The Las Vegas City Schools district has begun to advertise for a new superintendent.
    Prospective applicants have until March 28 to apply for the job, according to a classified display ad placed in the Optic.
    Applications for the position are available online at www.cybercardinal.com
    The east-side district is currently being run by interim superintendent Lydia Flores.

  • Looking Back - March 10, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, March 9 — Father James T. Burke, 40, has been named pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in West Las Vegas, succeeding Msgr. H.C. Lomme, who served the parish for many years. Msgr. Lomme has taken an extended leave of absence for medical help. His present plans are not quite fixed, according to Fr. Burke. He left Las Vegas Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 10, 2014

    Educational Retirees meeting is today
    The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees March Meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10 at KBobs restaurant. The program will focus on reports of the 2014 Legislative Session and on the 2014 Association Budget. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • Weather - March 10, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming west 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. West wind 15-20 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Blustery.


  • Cashing in on overtime

    Las Vegas City Schools may be strapped for cash this school year, but that hasn’t kept the district from paying out thousands of dollars in overtime to a handful of its employees.

  • Reaching for the gold - Highlands’ own Olympian

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Sochi Winter Olympic flame was extinguished Feb. 24, but New Mexico Highlands University has its own Olympian with her sights set on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  

    Jessie Bates, a tae kwon do athlete, wore the red, white and blue for the USA team in the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, bringing home the bronze medal in the flyweight division. She was among 100 tae kwon do competitors from 67 countries.

  • Alta Vista has new leader

    A man with executive leadership positions in hospitals in Arizona, South Carolina and Oklahoma has been named the new chief executive officer of Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Chris Wolf began his new job on Monday. Prior to coming to Las Vegas, Wolf served as CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Ariz., a position he held since 2002.