Local News

  • West board OKs $175K heating fix

    The West Las Vegas School Board wants the ongoing heating and cooling issues that have plagued the high school and middle school for years to be resolved once and for all.

    During a special board meeting late last week, the board unanimously approved a preliminary proposal from Albuquerque-based Energy Control Inc. to repair the HVAC systems in both the middle and high school.

    The district has had problems with its boilers, and some of its problems stem from what various technicians did to try to fix the problem.

  • Looking Back - July 31, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, July 31 — Dr. David Jaubet, clinical director of the New Mexico State Hospital, was appointed by the board of directors to the position of superintendent. The appointment was by unanimous vote of the directors. The new superintendent was one of four applicants and will earn $21,000. The new superintendent will take over for Dr. William F. Sears, acting superintendent, on Aug. 1.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 31, 2013

    Las Vegas First Networking event is Thursday
    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program at Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs invite the public to a Las Vegas First Networking event to learn more about opportunities NMSBA and its partners provide. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at NMHU’s Kennedy Hall.

  • Weather - July 31, 2013

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. East wind 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.


  • Obama proposes jobs program

    By Nedra Pickler
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is extending a new proposal to Republicans that he hopes will break the political gridlock on budget negotiations, offering to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for job investments.

  • Using technology in business topic of program

    Submitted to the Optic
    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program and Las Vegas First invite local small businesses to learn how Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories can help you solve the technical challenges that get your business to the next level of success.  
    A brief panel discussion will take place at the event. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kennedy Hall on the campus of Highlands University.

  • East gets positive audit

    Las Vegas City Schools is making progress on  its late audits, with the latest one containing good news for the district.

  • A bike lover’s paradise
  • Higher ed secretary worried

    State Higher Education Secretary José Garcia says New Mexico’s higher education system is failing its citizens and he urged officials at Luna Community College to work together to turn things around.

  • City awards road, propane contracts

    The City Council moved forward last week with awarding a road improvement project to Franken Construction and to select Ferrellgas as the company that will provide propane to the city for the next year.

    Both projects became somewhat controversial after critics of the city administration voiced concerns about conflicts of interest, noting that Councilman Vince Howell works for the Franken family and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr.’s son works for Ferrellgas.