Today's News

  • Santa Rosa cop shoots man

    The Associated Press
    Authorities say a Santa Rosa police officer has shot a 20-year-old Oklahoma man during a chase.

    New Mexico State Police said the officer shot Kenny Silvers, of McAlester, Okla., early Tuesday following a pursuit near a rail yard.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 28, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Feb. 27 — City police are having trouble with their parking meters. Tuesday morning, 12 meters were found without any money, although the meters themselves had not been damaged. Whoever robbed the meter was wasteful, though, since pennies were found at the base of every empty meter. Yesterday morning another meter was found lying down, broken open and containing only four cents. The robbed meters have been mostly on Seventh Street, although there was at least one on University, Sixth, Eighth and Douglas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 28, 2014

    FFA bingo fundraiser planned for Sunday

    Las Vegas FFA Chapter fundraiser bingo, 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 at the Father George Salazar Building on National Ave. near Immaculate Conception Church. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to attend regional and state FFA competitions.

  • Weather - Feb. 28, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph. Gusts as high as 35 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 15-20 mph.

    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Municipal election is Tuesday

    For the first time in the city’s  history, there is no mayor’s race on the ballot of a regular city election.

    Prior to the new city charter being enacted in March 2010, elections were held every two years for a mayor. But in 2014,

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. was re-elected to the post for a four- year term, and that leaves the municipal judge post as the only citywide position on this years ballot.

  • Judge, council candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With the municipal election set for Tuesday, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all city candidates. What follows are their responses.


    Age: 42
    Address, contact information: 720 Lori Lane; 454-3883
    How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
    Mostly all my Life

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 28, 2014

    • The AAUW Annual Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1. The sale will be held at the Sala de Madrid, on the Highlands campus, Eighth and University. There will be a large selection of all kinds of books — paperbacks, best sellers, inspirational works, art books, children’s books, classics, collectibles — along with CDs and DVDs, all at bargain prices. Funds raised support NMHU scholarships.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 28, 2014

    We can’t say we’re surprised that the Las Vegas City Schools District and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez are parting ways. The writing has been on the wall for months, and, frankly, we’re glad that the board is pursuing new leadership for the district. We’ve heard some grumbling in the community about the board deciding to place McNellis-Martinez on paid leave until her contract expires at the end of this school year. In our view, it’s money well spent if it makes the transition easier for the district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 28, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - The quest for HU’s first Hispanic president

    There was no more telling harbinger of the change yet to come at Highlands University, than Ralph Carlisle Smith’s first decision as interim president, that he and his wife Harriett (Petey) would not move into the president’s residence, but would continue living in their private home.

    To close friends, Smitty confided soon after his appointment in August 1970, that his tenure was likely very temporary, as he believed the recent events at Highlands had engendered an unstoppable momentum for the appointment of a “Spanish-American” president.