Local News

  • City to buy land near Keyes Park

    The city of Las Vegas plans to buy property west of Keyes Park for possible expansion of the park, and it’s getting a great deal on the land.

    The 1.5 acre property is at the southeast corner of First Street and Mills Avenue. The vacant land is zoned for general commercial use and has been appraised at $295,000, City Attorney Dave Romero has said.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 24, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, Oct. 25 — Type 2 Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine will be offered on Sunday, at Stu Clark Gym, the Employment Office, North Public School, South Public School, Mora High School, Anton Chico School, Villanueva School and Wagon Mound. The vaccine will be given on a cube of sugar to be swallowed. Dr. Isaac Terr is in charge of the program.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 24, 2012

    Halloween carnival is Thursday
    The Los Niños Elementary Parent Teacher Association is sponsoring a Halloween carnival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Activities will include a Spaghetti Bowl for $5, bike raffles, face painting, cake walk, jumper and sack races.

  • Weather - Oct. 24, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 77. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 38. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.


  • Correction - Oct. 24, 2012

    The Oct. 17 Optic article on the anti-fracking film, “Tierra Arraigadas, Rooted Lands” had an incorrect date for an upcoming showing in Mora. The correct date is Nov. 10.

  • Luna board evaluates Campos

    With Luna Community College President Pete Campos’ contract set to expire in 2013, the school’s board of trustees has begun meeting behind closed doors to evaluate his performance.

    The board convened a special board meeting this past Friday evening and Saturday at Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque to discuss Campos’ performance and review the school’s organizational structure.

    According to Luna, Campos is in his last year of a five-year contract that he and the board signed in 2008.

  • LCC plans haunted house and costume contest

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 2012-13 Luna Community College SkillsUSA Clubs are combining efforts to host Hallowing activities.

    From Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28, they will be having a Haunted House at the LCC Automotive Technologies Building. Doors will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

    The cost of admission will be $5 per adult and $2 per child. All proceeds will go to the following LCC SkillsUSA Clubs: dental assisting, auto technology, welding and building trades.

  • 3 alleged DWI drivers nabbed

    Three area men with histories of drunk driving arrests are once again in trouble with the law for allegedly getting behind the wheel after drinking. None of them had valid driver’s licenses, and one of them had his 2-year-old son with him.

    Albino Alcon, 31, whose address in court documents is listed as County Road A-6, has been charged with aggravated DWI, third offense, child abuse, driving with an open container, speeding, driving with a suspended or revoked license and not having insurance. State police arrested him on Oct. 14.

  • West union upset with school chief

    The union that represents teachers at West Las Vegas School District is concerned about the process used in the shifting of several key administrators.

    The school board promoted Gene Parson  to the superintendent post earlier this year after the abrupt resignation of Ruben Cordova. That created a vacancy in the associate superintendent position that Parson had previously held, and it set off a series of administrative shifts at the district.

  • Career opportunities - Program offers leg up for students

    Getting through college with the skills needed to tap into good jobs available in this area isn’t always an easy task.

    But several students from area colleges and universities are getting a leg up, thanks to the Accelerate program, which shows participants what jobs are available, helps them pick the classes that will prepare them for those jobs and even gets them ready for  interviews. The program also exposes students to successful people who overcame their own struggles to get where they are.