Today's News

  • Angel Fire festival in Las Vegas

    This summer, celebrate the power of music through the 25th Anniversary Season of Music from Angel Fire, the Festival that brings chamber music to the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

  • Fiesta planned for students

    All kinds of activities at Luna Community College, Highlands University, United World College, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School have been offered as students return to class.

    Luna served a barbecue during welcome-back days for students. Highlands also had the barbecue pit fired up as the president welcomed back students for the fall semester, the United World College staff has been busy shuttling incoming students from the airport in Albuquerque to the campus in Montezuma, and Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools are getting ready for another year.

  • Medical glimpses of the past

    The National Park Service and Fort Union National Monument announces its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation. The program will be held at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas, Thursday Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

  • Harvesting water, reusing newspaper

    I will be teaching a continuing education course at Luna Community College soon. The topic is “water harvesting and watershed restoration.” It occurred to me, though, that since this is an esoteric subject maybe I should share with Optic readers some basic knowledge on the topic.

  • Vigil loses license

    From AP and Staff Reports

    SANTA FE — The state Education Department has revoked the teaching license of Roberta Vigil, a former West Las Vegas school district bilingual program director accused of corruption.

    State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia signed an order Aug. 13 yanking Vigil’s license.

  • KICKOFF 2008: RHS soccer

    Two years ago, Clarence Montoya and Ray Parks guided their Robertson boys’ and girls’ soccer teams to dual district championships — a first for the school in the sport.

    In spite of some key losses to graduation, both clubs have a great shot at duplicating that feat.

    For Parks’ Lady Cardinals, another district title would mean a threepeat on the heels of last year. While they’ve lost a few strong athletes, the core remains intact. Ari Trujillo, a speedy scoring threat, is back. So is captain Samantha Marshall, an expressive leader.

  • Police bolster claims

    State police said Thursday that they have evidence that supports the claims of Robertson High School freshmen football players who allege they were violently attacked as part of a hazing ritual.

    The accusations included a claim that at least one student was sodomized with a broomstick. State police Capt. Robert Shilling of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, said investigators have evidence that substantiates that specific claim as well.

  • Man says he helped with math questions

    SANTA FE — Michael Tripp says he helped out with a few math problems at the West Las Vegas bilingual office four years ago. He probably never expected to think about it again.

    But he has — many times.

    Tripp, who graduated from West Las Vegas High School in 2005, is one of two key state witnesses in the case against West Las Vegas’ former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega.

  • Golf course rededicated

    Highlands University’s Gene Torres Golf Course is now open to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that rededicated the refurbished links on the northeast side of town.

    Whether you play golf or not, the golf course is a little oasis that is just another asset that makes Las Vegas a unique little city tucked away in the Sangre de Cristos, officials said.

    President Jim Fries told a large crowd at the ribbon-cutting that the renovation cost around $3 million.

  • DA sends hazing case to Santa Fe

    The local district attorney is sending the high-profile Robertson High School hazing case to his counterpart in Santa Fe.

    District Richard Flores said in a statement Wednesday that he had met with state police officials last Thursday after allegations surfaced about hazing at an RHS football camp. He said he immediately recognized names of those involved in the case.