Today's News

  • Pecos boys repeat as state champs

    ALBUQUERQUE —Last March, when the Pecos Panthers won the Class 3A state basketball title, it had been 51 years since their previous championship triumph.

    It was only 364 days between titles this time. Pecos handed top-rated Texico its first defeat of the season 58-44 in the 3A boys' final Saturday at The Pit, becoming the first Las Vegas-area hoops team to earn a repeat state championship.

  • Mora County man, heading to get married, and friend killed on I-25

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A New Mexico woman says she and her boyfriend were on their way to Las Vegas to get married before he was killed on a freeway while changing a tire.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports 28-year-old Lonny Escovedo, a native of the Mora County area, and his sister’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Michael Chambellan, were struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 25 on Tuesday evening.

  • N.M. opioid crisis: Police, others push for treatment facility

    Getting a medical assisted treatment facility located in Las Vegas is a top priority for Interim Police Chief Chris Lopez.

    It’s his part in the growing effort among community members to stem the tide of the opioid crisis in San Miguel County. The chief has approached anyone who can support with the philosophy that the problem impacts all in one way or another.

  • System changes for lottery scholarships

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — New Mexico is providing more certainty for college students about the amount of financial aid they can count on from state lottery revenues, but elected officials and others say more needs to be done to shore up the scholarship program as higher education costs climb.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Wednesday that decouples the value of lottery scholarships from the cost of tuition by setting a fixed amount for the awards based on the kind of institution a student attends.

  • Reclaimed water now available

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas will allow the public to get reclaimed water from the reclaimed water stand pipe at the Utility Services Center at 905 12th Street.

    Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the water is $1.25 per 1000 gallons and an additional $.50 charge per trip.

  • Black History Month

    Highlands University senior Kylee Norman writes on a dream board Feb. 12 at the university’s Student Center in honor of Black History Month.

  • Wrestling at nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University 149-pounder Reis Humphrey placed fourth in last month's NCAA Division II West super regional at the Wilson Complex.

    He was set to compete in this weekend’s national championship tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Check lasvegasoptic.com and Wednesday’s print edition for coverage.

  • Luna baseball wins two to end nine-game skid

    The Luna Community College baseball team is opening conference play this weekend with a series at Odessa College.

    Luna most recently broke a nine-game losing streak after beating University of the Southwest JV 9-7 and 16-12 on the weekend of March 2-3.

    The Rough Riders entered the weekend 6-12 on the year.

    J.R. Maldonado and Wellington Balsley each had two hits in game one.

    Jared Gonzalez added two RBI with Eric Alvarado hitting a double.

    James Ramos took the win with Manny Cachora had the save.

  • #meToo: Men can just listen

    In 2003, filmmaker Michael Moore spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd, mostly University of New Mexico students, at Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall. He took some questions, including one about abortion.

    Moore opined that he regularly “exercises his right shut the (expletive) up,” and lets women make their own decisions about their bodies and physical and mental health.

    There are plenty of helpful tasks men can complete to help further the“#MeToo” movement. One of those tasks is to be quiet and listen.

  • Find your destiny here in New Mexico

    As Aristotle is purported to have said, “Where your talents and the world’s needs meet, there you will find your destiny.”      

    This year three women who have found their destiny in New Mexico each received $1000 from the Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women, which annually awards scholarships to nontraditional female students studying at Highlands University.