Today's News

  • Good start to Lujan tourney for area teams

    For these Pecos Panthers, the grind of three-day tournaments is second nature — not to mention practice for the more important tournaments down the road.

    The Panthers opened the first of their usual troika of annual regular-season tourneys — the Ben Lujan Tournament — by routing Monte del Sol 80-37 on Thursday in Jacona.

    Xavier Padilla led all scorers with 19 points, and Pecos teammates Mario Archuleta (12), Joshua DeHerrera (11) and Omar Dominguez (10) joined him in double figures.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Dec. 18-23

    MONDAY (Dec. 18)
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., TBA
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., Valley
    • Las Vegas YABL games, 5:30 p.m., Abe Montoya Recreation Center

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • Pecos boys (A,B) at Pojoaque Valley, 5 p.m., Jacona


  • Rociada-area camp to host large Boy Scout winter event

    Snow is hoped for, expected, and needed in January. That’s when more than 200 scouts with Boy Scouts of America are scheduled to recreate facets of the famous and historic Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s.

    Eddie Dry, activities director for the Sangre de Cristo district, said the annual event will take place from Jan. 12 to 15 at Camp Davis Guest Ranch in the Rociada area, about 27 miles northwest of Las Vegas. 

  • N.M. companies sign on to reduce emissions

    By Susan Montoya Bryan. The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Some of the biggest names in energy production in New Mexico have signed on to a national effort within the oil and gas industry to curb methane emissions as pressure mounts for states to enact more pollution laws.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

    Send announcements about meetings or events to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com.


    Friday, Dec. 15

    This is the deadline for Letters to Santa to be submitted for publication in the Dec. 22 issue of the Las Vegas Optic. Please bring your child’s letter to 720 University Avenue, Suite B, or email attachments (in Microsoft Word) to composing@lasvegasoptic.com.


    Friday, Dec. 15

  • Christmas donation

    New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute Patient Foundation treasurer Cathy Aragon presented a $3,400 check recently to the foundation administrator, Frances Tweed. The donation was to help purchase Christmas gifts for NMBHI patients. As part of its fundraising efforts, the nonprofit Patient Foundation raised the money through fundraisers and book fairs and takes donations from businesses. 

  • Newspaper ownership, local and corporate

    I’m knee-deep in trouble now.

    I just bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator, and it’s up to me to get it out every week.

    Well — me and the dedicated staff I inherited.

    I’m following in the chanclas-clad footsteps of Michael E. Sprengelmeyer, a unique individual if there ever was one. After they made M.E., they broke the mold.

  • Ben Lujan Tournament updates

    Updates from the Ben Lujan Tournament (boys' and girls' basketball) being hosted by Pojoaque Valley Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 14-16, in Jacona:

    Pecos boys 80, Monte del Sol 37
    Bernalillo boys 81 Mora 63
    West Las Vegas girls 48, McCurdy 18
    Mora girls 50, Bernalillo 44

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 15, 2017


    In 2001, Carl’s Jr. introduced “The Six Dollar Burger.” It didn’t actually cost that much at the time, but before too long, the burger’s price lived up to its name. 

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.