Today's News

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news — Oct. 13, 2017


    MainStreet de Las Vegas is trying to win up to $150,000 in a national grant contest to help convert the E. Romero firehouse into a Bridge Street museum. The top 10 vote getters will receive funds and Las Vegas could receive $150,000 for a to honor our volunteer firemen, the Acequia Madre and the many vehicles used to keep Las Vegas safe through the years.

    Friday (Oct. 6), an open house showcased the 1937 Seagrave fire truck, 1888 La France hose cart and 1883 brass bell that will be centerpieces of the museum.

  • As state riddled with problems, focus is on the nation

    I don’t think I’m alone in being more concerned about our nation than our state these days.

    Sure, New Mexico is riddled with problems. Our unemployment rate is the one of highest in the nation. Our poverty rate is one of the worst. And our schools — the greatest hope we have for a better future — are either underperforming or falling apart (see Anton Chico, where a new school building is cracking up, literally).

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

  • Roundup: RHS soccer teams sweep Monte del Sol

    Reversing course after a troublesome start, the Robertson boys’ soccer team ended up with a convincing 3-1 win over Monte del Sol on Tuesday afternoon at RHS Field.

    With the Dragons dominating play at midfield early on, they spent much of the first 15 to 20 minutes on the RHS half of the pitch and pressured the Cardinal back line.

  • Looking Ahead, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017


    Football: West Las Vegas at Bernalillo, 7 p.m., Bernalillo.

    Volleyball: NMHU at Metro State, TBA, Denver; Mora (A,B) vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym; West Las Vegas Middle School and Valley Middle School at Mountain View tourney, TBA, Rio Rancho.


    Cross country: Robertson, West Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos at Rio Rancho Jamboree, 9 a.m., Rio Rancho H.S.

    Football: NMHU vs. Chadron State, noon, Herrera Complex.

  • County approves DACA, climate change resolutions

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Feeling the need to support a pair of causes that have been in the news a great deal the past few years, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to unanimously approve a pair of resolutions that run counter to what’s happened recently at the federal level.

  • Football previews: Good luck on Friday the 13th?

    There’s plenty of football to be played, but the West Las Vegas Dons (4-2 overall, 2-0 district) can solidify their playoff chances with a road win Friday at Bernalillo.

    West is currently ranked seventh in both the MaxPreps ratings and NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll for Class 4A. Coming off a 48-6 home win over Santa Fe Indian, the team is hoping to keep the momentum of a three-game win streak going.

  • Las Vegas man killed in Tuesday crash

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic editor

    A Las Vegas man was killed in an apparent wrong-way, head-on collision on I-25 near Bernal in the early morning hours Tuesday, according to the  New Mexico State Police.

    A news releease from the NMSP states Daniel Lucero, 31, of Las Vegas, died at the scene when his 2001 Nissan passenger car made head-on contact with an oncoming semi-tractor trailer in the southbound lanes of I-25 near milepost 328, near the Bernal exit.

  • A fan-tastic adoration

    Few things thrill Tommy Gallegos more than being part of the Raider Nation.

    A glimpse of his den and his pickup truck should convince non-believers that this man takes his team seriously. Gallegos, 66, spent three seasons as a wide receiver for the Robertson High School Cardinals and terrorized defenses in his youth.

    “I was tiny — only 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds — but I was also fast,” he explains, with sufficient modesty.

  • Velarde, several others no longer with city

    A termination was amid a recent batch of turnover in City of Las Vegas staff.

    Annette Velarde, once the city’s director of community development, was recently “dismissed,” according to City Public Information Officer Lee Einer.

    Velarde, who had been with the city’s community development director for less than a year, was reassigned to her previous position as event planner and film liaison in late June. She had been with the city since April 2014.