Today's News

  • Cards, Dons fall in football openers

    Robertson’s offense remains a work in progress, and the Portales Rams took advantage of that fact Friday night, doubling up the Cardinals 26-13 at Blackwater Draw.

    Meanwhile, back in the Meadow City, Clayton defeated West Las Vegas 45-20 in another opener for this prep football season.

    In each case, the competition was considerable. Portales is among the top-ranked teams in Class 4A along with the Cardinals. Clayton’s Yellowjackets have been to the Class 3A state final the last two years, winning in 2013.

  • Opening night: Lady Dons sweep Mora

    Although his Lady Dons took a straight-sets win over visiting Mora this past Thursday night in the season opener for both teams, West Las Vegas volleyball coach Eric Zamora was far from satisfied afterward.

    “Pretty sloppy tonight, I thought,” Zamora said. “I kind of figured it might be like that. We were missing one of our outside hitters (Kyanna Spaulding), and it affected us.”

    “We still found a way to win. There were a couple times we got a little rattled. We were able to weather the storm.”

  • Hat trick!

    Mallory Bostic scored a hat trick in the first sporting event of the fall season, New Mexico Highlands’ 7-0 women’s soccer romp against visiting University of the Southwest this past week at Perkins Stadium.

    The win came in an exhibition game against an overmatched smaller school, but there was plenty to like if you’re a fan of the Cowgirls.

    Anyssa Dagnino, last season’s leading scorer for NMHU, put the pressure on USW’s defense early and seemed to have a breakaway or two in hand but was called for offsides.

  • Movie theater in the works

    If all goes according to plan, Las Vegas will once again have a movie theater by Thanksgiving.

    Work has already begun on converting the 131-year-old Victorian storefront at 146 Bridge St. into a 50-seat movie theater with platform seating. Elmo Baca, the Las Vegas native who has taken on the project, plans to call the new cinema Indigo Theater. He said his theater will screen current movies.

  • Area’s last Bataan survivor dies

    Those who knew Ed Hern best say there was no giving up in the man.

    Although the Las Vegas resident was already in his 90s, he was still riding horses and branding up until two years ago.

    In recent years he had survived a stroke, a heart attack, several bouts of pneumonia and internal bleeding, much to the surprise of his doctors.

  • Senior profile - Connie Chavez - Red Cross volunteer a real trooper

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Connie Chavez has spent her life caring for those in need of assistance.

    In June, Connie was awarded the American Red Cross Volunteer Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership. She also has a lanyard with various other pins she has earned during her years of service.

    She hopes to remain an American Red Cross Volunteer and says, with conviction, “I will continue to be until I can’t! I wanted to get into something lasting — something that will help people.”

  • Man killed by police was Maestas

    The search for 30-year-old Marvin Maestas is over.

    State police confirmed late Tuesday that Maestas, who was wanted on two felony warrants in Las Vegas, was the man shot and killed by officers  after exchanging gunfire with officers at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Authorities said officers and medical personnel rendered medical aid to Maestas, but he succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 28, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, Aug. 30 — A special committee on highway and recreation problems of Commerce Street will meet tonight to discuss the following problems anticipated by the Interstate 25 bypass through Las Vegas: How much a resident can expect in compensation for his property; where a resident can relocate to. Steps necessary in accommodating relocation; and what agencies are available to assist in relocation problems and terms of assistance.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 28, 2015

    People’s Faire is Saturday

    People’s Faire is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Carnegie Library Park. Sixty vendors will have various handmade items in wood, metal, leather, ceramics, textile hand work, paintings, jewelry, and glass available.

  • Weather - Aug. 28, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming north in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.