Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 3, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Six Snowy Sheep” by Judith Ross Enderle and Stephanie Gordon Tessler. Free and open to the public.


  • Shopping locally

    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all behind us, but if you’re like most of us, chances are you still have several names you haven’t crossed off your shopping list. As you set out to find those perfect gifts, we encourage you to give local merchants a shot at your business.

    It’s no secret that it’s been a tough year for many merchants in Las Vegas, and that’s unfortunate, given how much they contribute to the local economy.

  • Work of Art: ‘Oremos’ for New Year?

    An item I read years ago in Readers Digest concerned the pin-dot community of Costilla, on the New Mexico-Colorado border. Apparently, in the olden days, maps weren’t as precise as they are today, as we lacked satellites. There was a perennial discussion as to which state Costilla  belonged to: New Mexico or Colorado?

  • Let’s get it started

    Shaking out some opening-night kinks, the Robertson girls’ basketball team began the season — and the Leroy Barela era — with a 58-41 win over Ruidoso Monday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    Senior guard Kendall Garcia, who transferred from Class 6A Volcano Vista, was a hit in her Lady Cardinal debut. She scored a game-high 14 points and chipped in two rebounds and two steals.

    Everyone who played for the home side contributed, however, and the team’s diligence was key to getting Robertson rolling in a pivotal third quarter.

  • TCU, Baylor eye top four

    The Associated Press

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The final weekend in the Big 12 will illustrate both the risk and reward that come with the league’s decision to do away with its title game.

    The lack of a championship game might not always work out for the Big 12 in the playoff era.

    This year, it could help push Baylor and TCU into the final four.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 3, 2014

    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Memorial (sixth grade), 4 p.m., WLV
    • West Las Vegas Middle School hosts WLVMS Jamboree (includes WLV, MMS, others), 3 p.m., WLV

    • Robertson boys (B,C) host RHS Invitational (includes RHS, WLV, others), TBA, Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls at Santa Fe Indian tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas boys at Capital tournament, TBA, Santa Fe

  • Court building still closed

    Efforts to figure out exactly what has been making employees at San Miguel County Magistrate Court ill and to fix the problem have so far been unsuccessful, prompting the state to once again shut down the magistrate court building on Seventh Street.

    The court building has been shut down on and off since Oct. 31 as the building’s owner, who leases the space to the Administrative Office of the Courts, has attempted to get to the root of the problem. Court employees have been complaining of headaches, red, dry eyes, nausea and other symptom while in the building.

  • Serving up a feast
  • Migration exhibit to open Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Exhibit design students from New Mexico Highlands University have created a new multimedia exhibit, Memories of Migration: Las Vegas. It will open at the Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation, 116 Bridge St., on Friday and be on display through Jan. 16.

  • Foul play ruled out in death

    Authorities investigating the death of a 52-year-old New Mexico Highlands University student have officially concluded that she died of natural causes.

    Paige Martinez was found deceased in her Kennedy Hall dorm room last Monday evening. Investigators initially suspected that Martinez died of natural causes, but said the case would remain open pending the results of an autopsy. Late Wednesday, the agency announced that foul play had been ruled out.