Today's News

  • Legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong to perform at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong first rose to worldwide popularity and critical acclaim in the 1970s. That was seven films, six gold comedy albums, one Grammy Award and many other accolades ago.

    The legendary comedy duo will perform Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in New Mexico Highlands’ Wilson Complex, 1241 9th St. It’s the first time the pair have ever performed in Las Vegas.

  • Mora County officials work to resolve water outage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Dozens of Mora County residents, if not more, were without water over the past week after some problems arose with a local well.

    Mora County Commission Chairwoman Paula Garcia said this week volunteers and others were working to bring emergency water supplies to residents in the Buena Vista area, where a well had not been pumping water since about Sept. 14.

  • Council to vote Monday on voluntary state audit

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    At Wednesday’s regular Las Vegas City Council meeting, the council approved, by a 3-1 vote, a special 6 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall, where a vote is slated to be taken on whether to invite the New Mexico State Auditor’s office to conduct a special audit of city finances.

  • Man shot in head during chase

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas Police released a report this week detailing a Sept. 2 gun battle in which an area man was shot in the head.

    A report obtained by the Optic this week states Nash Roybal, a New Mexico Avenue resident, was shot in the back of the head in a confrontation and chase that took place about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 2. Roybal did not apparently suffer life-threatening injuries, but he did need to be hospitalized.

  • Dons hoops workouts start Monday

    Preseason workouts for West Las Vegas boys’ basketball will begin 3:40 to 4:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25. All interested are asked to report to Coach Clyde Sanchez at the front of Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Make sure to get physical exams completed, as well as the NMAA online concussion course as soon as possible.

  • Looking Ahead, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017


    Football: City youth league games TBA Soccer n LVYSL games, 1:30 p.m., UWC fields, Montezuma


    Footbal: West Las Vegas (B) vs. Moriarty, 5 p.m., Herrera Complex. Soccer: West Las Vegas girls (B) at Hope Christian, 4 p.m., Albuquerque.

    Volleyball: Memorial Middle School vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS; Valley Middle School at Mora, 4 p.m., Mora.


    Golf: West Las Vegas Invite, TBA, Gene Torres Golf Course.

  • The Cowgirl Way: NMHU student-athletes earn recognition

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Two hard-working Highlands University women athletes have earned Cowgirl Way scholarships.

    Joedy Quintana, a 400-meter hurdler for the track team, and Andrea Medina, a defender for the soccer team, both received $500 scholarships from Southwest Capital Bank.

    Quintana is a junior from Sapello majoring in biology. She maintains a 3.0 GPA. Medina is a junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, majoring in forestry. She maintains a 3.7 GPA.

  • For RHS teams, mixed results vs. Taos

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Musa Doumbia scored twice and Deleon Rodriguez once to lift Robertson (4-3) to a 3-2 win over Taos (1-7-2) on Thursday evening in one of the key tests of the district boys’ soccer schedule.

    There’ll be bigger tests, with St. Mike’s and Santa Fe Prep lurking. But the win, which included assists from Brandon Larrañaga and T.J. Trujillo, had clear value for Robertson’s resumé.

  • Go Fish —Sept. 24, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catch of the week

    Clayton Lake: Aaron Earle of Clayton caught a 12.2-pound channel catfish Sept. 16. He was using chicken liver.

    Fishing report, Sept. 19

  • Poll shows refugee support

    By Bob Pearson, Special to the Optic

    The world is facing the greatest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. The number who have had to flee their countries is over 22 million — half of whom are children.

    What do people in Las Vegas think that the U.S. should do about this problem?