Today's News

  • Narcotics suspect convicted

    A man accused of selling crack cocaine was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

    With a warrant to search a home, authorities found Manuel “Melo” Aragon with 52 rocks of crack cocaine, according to a press release from District Attorney Richard Flores.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1131 in Mora, we bid farewell to Ricky, with much respect and honor for his service to our auxiliary, as a faithful friend and talented correspondent in promoting our needs in the Las Vegas Optic.  

    We thank his wife, Kosuzu, for always being his side helper. We hope his family will always treasure their memories with Ricky.  

    We are grateful for his military service and his unending patriotism to our country.

    Vaya con dios, Ricky, on your journey home.

    Odilia Cantrell


  • Metalsmithing demo at Tito's gallery

    Silver/goldsmith Tito Chavez is the featured artist during the January 10th Second Saturday festivities at Tito’s Gallery on Bridge Street in Old Town Las Vegas. He will demonstrate techniques such as fusing, popcorn casting, and water casting of silver at intervals throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no charge.

  • Students show up at Highlands

    Statewide, national and international students, many seeing Las Vegas for the first time, checked in for orientation and housing assignments over the weekend at Highlands University.

    Margaret Mary Makoge left her home in sunny Cameroon and saw the snowflakes falling as she arrived in her new hometown.

    Makoge and other students spent Sunday afternoon moving their belongings and settling into their dorm rooms around campus with the help of new friends and university staff.

  • Mothers and daughters at the Tome

    When mothers and daughters start talking about a book they have just read, they connect on new levels even if they see the story differently.  A good example is the classic, “Pride and Prejudice.”

    Daughters may see the story as old fashioned and the older style English language difficult to understand.  Mothers may see the romance with its conflicts and misunderstandings as tender and endearing.

  • MONDAY MORNING STORY: Highlands expected to OK takeover; Santa Fe school approves letter of intent

    The College of Santa Fe has approved a proposal to let Highlands University take it over.

    On Friday, the college’s board of regents voted for a letter of intent to make the acquisition happen.

    Marcia Sullivan, the college’s spokeswoman, said this morning that the regents essentially approved the letter of intent presented by Highlands, making only a couple of small changes.

    “We’re confident that Highlands will be agreeable to the letter of intent,” she said.

  • Dons rule in Roswell

    In Roswell, the Dons went into “alien” territory and came away with a sweep, beating a stubborn New Mexico Military Institute team 72-66 on Friday and getting a 68-51 win over Class 4A Goddard.

    At NMMI, the Dons erased a 16-point second-period deficit for the come-from-behind win.

  • Cowboys, Mavericks reach stalemate on mat

    Fans of the New Mexico Highlands wrestling program celebrated their team’s homecoming Thursday night at the Wilson Complex, and the Cowboys made it entertaining.

    Down 11-0 in its dual meet with Mesa State, Highlands won five of the next seven matches to force a rare tie at 23-23.

    Jesse Feinsod, NMHU’s All-American 174-pounder, had arguably the most dominant performance of the evening in running his record to 14-4. He scored a 15-0 technical fall with a first-period clinic against Kyle Brightman.

    Far more competitive were the bouts at 165 and 197.

  • Luna hit with federal lawsuit

    Luna Community College is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against the college’s former academic director.

    Charlene Ortiz-Cordova has accused the college’s former president of sexual harassment, saying he allegedly touched her and made inappropriate comments between October 2005 and April 2006.

    The lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday, claims the harassment resulted in a hostile work environment and that Ortiz-Cordova was forced to step down from her position.

  • Colts slip past Cards in OT

    Wade Thomas scored seven of his team’s eight points in overtime Saturday afternoon to lead New Mexico Military past visiting Robertson 52-48.

    All of NMMI’s points in the extra session were of the free-throw variety; the Colts rarely missed from the stripe down the stretch, going eight for 10 in OT and six of eight in the fourth quarter.

    It was a tough way to end it for the Cardinals, who led 18-12 after one period, 30-25 at halftime and 38-33 at the end of the third period.