Today's News

  • Pecos coach charged with sexual misconduct

    An educator and assistant boys basketball coach was arrested Tuesday at his Pecos home on sexual misconduct charges.

    Dominick Baca, 29, of Pecos, has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, both fourth degree felonies, according to the New Mexico State Police.

  • Coca shatters state mark

    Having already qualified for state in all three distance running events — two of which he won state titles in last May — West Las Vegas senior Miguel Coca has now turned his attention to the record book.

    Coca finished the 800-meter run in a winning time of 1:55.17 this past Saturday at the Mark Shumate Invitational hosted by Albuquerque’s Menaul School.

  • College softball: Cowgirls drop 3 of 4 to Lions

    Highlands softball lost three of four games in a weekend homestand against Colorado-Colorado Springs, dipping to 9-35 overall and 5-30 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    The Cowgirls wrap up the season this weekend with a four-game set against Regis at Cowgirl Field.

  • San Miguel County Commissioner, District 1 — candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: Here are questionnaire responses from two of the Democratic Party candidates for San Miguel County Commissioner, District 1, in the June 5 primary. The Optic will publish a response from Marty Sweeney if and when it is received.

    No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 Democratic primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.


  • Who really lives there?

    A man named José A. Gurule passed away March 26, according to an obituary submitted to the Optic.

    A man named José A. Gurule had his absentee ballot for the recent Las Vegas City Council runoff election processed April 6 at 8:37 a.m., along with a batch of ballots from the same 806 Taos Street address, most of whom share his last name.

  • Mora County Assessor — candidate questionnaires
  • Disc golf tourney in Vegas Saturday and Sunday

    Late registration is still available for those who want to get in on the action for this weekend's 10th annual Steve Watson Memorial Disc Golf Tournament.

    The tourney will run Saturday and Sunday at the Gene Torres Golf Course. Late registration will be offered from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday at the clubhouse just prior to the event.

    The Steve Watson Memorial is a C-tier event in the Professional Disc Golf Association; it is a four-round singles tournament.

    Fees range from $60 (MPO, FPO) to $50 advanced, $40 intermediate, $30 recreational, and $30 juniors.

  • Book sale benefits students

    The recent American Association of University Women’s Las Vegas 2018 Spring Used Book Sale raised more than $2,500.

    The money is used to help pay for educational programs such as “Girls Can!,” public forums in Las Vegas and scholarships for non-traditional NMHU women students.

  • Recognition

    Members of the Business Professionals of America group appeared before the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education on Thursday night.

    The grroup was requesting financial assistance to attend a leadership conference in Dallas.

  • Positions held by City Schools official posted online as available

    Las Vegas City Schools educators are working in some of the positions vacated by Associate Superintendent Michael P. Lovato, who was placed on administrative leave on March 22, while Superintendent Kelt Cooper said in Thursday night’s school board meeting that he posted some positions open for applicants.