Today's News

  • Friday night football : Tigers tame West offense

    West Las Vegas suffered its first gridiron defeat in nearly a month Friday night, falling at Taos 30-27.

    The Dons are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in District 2-4A. They host No. 1 Robertson in Vegas Bowl 56 at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

    Robertson plays at St. Mike's at 1 p.m. Saturday in Santa Fe. 

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week. 

  • Fire system still a problem

    The West Las Vegas School District has already pumped out about $250,000 in an effort to rectify the long-standing problems with the fire alarm and fire suppression systems at its high school.

    Despite the steep expenditures for repairs and upgrades, the fire system issues continue to plague the school, which is currently on fire watch due to the inadequacy of the fire systems.

    And that isn’t sitting well with board chairman David Romero, who expressed disappointment in the district’s inability to resolve the problem.

  • Ready to dispose of old medications - Drug take-back on Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University and the San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition are asking the community to come together on Saturday to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

    The Take Back/Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at Highlands University’s Melody Park.

    Desiree Martínez, HU-CARES prevention coordinator at Highlands, is coordinating the event on behalf of the San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

  • Trump needed debate reset, instead, he riled GOP

    By Kathleen Hennessey
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump needed a game changer. Instead, he landed a jaw dropper.

    When the Republican nominee for president refused to say he would accept the results of the election, he rattled American democracy and openly flirted with the notion of a contested transition of power.

  • Amnesty Day: Time for some fall cleaning

    If you’ve been thinking about cleaning out your garage or hauling away the branches piled up in your yard, Saturday is the day to do it.

    The city of Las Vegas solid waste transfer station is holding its quarterly Amnesty Day on Saturday. On that day, city residents can dispose of most household items free of charge.

    The transfer station, located at 35 Aragon Road, near the northernmost Interstate exit, will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 21, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 11 and Oct. 19:

    Joseph Herrera, 49, hold for District Court
    Jeremy Allen, 24, bench warrant: possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Michelle Espinoza, age unavailable, DWI, distribution / trafficking of a controlled substance — cocaine, failure to stop at a stop sign, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - Oct. 21, 2016


    HIGH 74° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.  
    7:13 a.m. to 6:17 p.m.


    HIGH 77° / LOW 46°
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
    7:14 a.m. to 6:16 p.m.


    HIGH 78° / LOW 45°
    Sunny, with a high near 78.
    7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 21, 2016

    Monday, Oct. 17, 1966 —  Charles I. Romero, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nash Romero, 905 Gallinas, has accepted the position of instructor in speech at San Fernando Valley State College in Northridge, Calif. Romero, who was active in speech at Highlands University, where he received his B.A. degree in speech, earned an M.A. degree at the University of Arizona. He plans to complete doctoral studies at the University of Iowa in 1967.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 21, 2016

    6 to 9 p.m.
    Casa de Cultura’s Eleventh Annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration takes place at Burris Hall with altars on display, Calavera face painting, Mariachi Cardenal, and pan dulce and chocolate. The art exhibit will be on display from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4. For more information, call 454-6771.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 21, 2016

    Congratulations to Burt Bazan who is $10,000 richer today after having sunk a hole-in-one on hole No. 9 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. This took place during a tournament last Saturday. The prize was made possible by an insurance policy for such contests.