Today's News

  • Lt. Governor Visit


  • Film Blitz set to strike LV

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    Another film is going to be shot in Las Vegas. This one is a little different. The Las Vegas Film Blitz 2011 is coming to Las Vegas this month thanks to a partnership between Luna Community College, the International Alliance for Stage Theatrical Employees, Albuquerque Actors’ Studio, Eastern New Mexico University — Roswell, and New Mexico State University — Grants.

    The Film Blitz is planned as a three-day production from May.

  • Gallegos earns scholarship

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    The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities, today announced the 2011 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, including West Las Vegas High School student Zachary Gallegos.

    On Wednesday, April 20, Gallegos and the other 24 scholarship winners from New Mexico were to be honored during the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s Education Excellence Annual Dinner at Embassy Suites Hotel featuring keynote speaker New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

  • WLV Middle School honor roll

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    West Las Vegas Middle School announced the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period of the 2010-11 school year.

    Sixth Grade

    A - Honor Roll  —Brooklyn Aragon, Leigh Baca, Cameron Flores, Sabrina Garcia, Lucia Lopez, Liam Lopez-Montoya, Eunice Padilla and Victoria Sena

  • WLV coach Montaño fired

    After three years as head coach of the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball program, David “Morgan” Montaño’s time is up.

    Montaño confirmed that he had been fired from the coaching position as of Tuesday afternoon. He said West Las Vegas athletic director Jose Medina told him the school board and superintendent had made a decision “to go in a different direction” with the program.

  • Gonna be an Aggie
  • Sports Roundup

    Melissa Martinez and Shelby Hoffman smacked home runs to power New Mexico Highlands past Eastern New Mexico 11-8 on Tuesday in a non-conference softball doubleheader held in Portales.
    ENMU held on for a 6-5 squeaker in game two, forging a split.

    Highlands is 9-36 overall; Eastern is 12-36.

    In game one, Highlands trailed 5-3 through five innings but roared back with four runs in each of the next two frames, then cut short a Zia rally at three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

  • West track strong in Fort Sumner

    West Las Vegas placed a number of track and field athletes among the leaders in the recent Fort Sumner Invitational.

    The Dons and Lady Dons, both led by head coach James Esquibel, were buoyed by individual event victories from Amanda Ortzow, Danielle Gurule, Jordan Lopez

  • Little League

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    La Plaza Majors: A’s 14, Cubs 2; Rockies 5, Red Sox 4
    La Plaza Minors: CUbs 5, Angels 1; Dodgers 6, Phillies 3; Red Sox 2, Marlins 0

    La Plaza Majors: Red Sox 4, Angels 1
    La Plaza Minors: White Sox 1, Giants 0

    La Plaza Majors: A’s 10, Marlins 0
    La Plaza Minors: A’s 4, Dodgers 1

  • NMHU relay breaks mark

    The NMHU women’s 400-meter relay team established itself as a national contender by winning its heat and lowering the school record in the event at the 53rd Annual Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., on April 15.

    The foursome of Qiauna Fair, Fiona James, Jillisa Grant and Sheneika Rochester ran 46.08 in taking the heat. The time is nearly a second and a half faster than the NCAA provisional qualifying time and is currently the seventh fastest in the nation among Division II schools. The mark destroys the school record set just last year of 47.19.