Today's News

  • Suspicious bag discovered near train station

    A suspicious package was discovered Monday morning near the historic building that houses the Las Vegas Amtrak station and city offices, in the area of Lincoln or Railroad avenues.

    According to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police, an employee at the BNSF Railyard Depot saw a backpack chained to a gas line of a building. The bag and nature appeared suspicious, so Las Vegas Police were called.

  • Fiesta de vida

    Theresa Wesner photo
    Dancers from Mrs. Sarah’s Ballet and Jazz were among the many performers in Sunday’s 24th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Look for more photos from this highly attended event in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

  • Missing woman

    Dawn R. Sandoval lives in the Rio Rancho area but has strong ties to Las Vegas.

    As of press time Tuesday, she has been missing for more than one week.

    Her phone, vehicle and keys were found at her home.

    Anyone who has information about Sandoval’s whereabouts should call the Rio Rancho Police at 505-891-7226 or the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Hotline at 1-800-457-3463.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Thursday, April 26
    The Sobriety Familia Ball will take place at the Amistad y Resolana Outpatient Clinic, 713 Railroad Ave., Las Vegas, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Formal wear is optional. For information, call Amistad y Resolana at 505-425-2687.

    Thursday, April 26

    The Sunrise Kiwanis Club is holding its 31st annual barbecue fund raiser, silent auction, and drone rodeo from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the West Las Vegas High School cafeteria. Tickets are $12 per person.

    Thursday, April 26

  • How many are we, really?

    Tuning in to election results a few years back, I suddenly wondered how the radio management ever expected listeners to glean the vote tallies the way the partial results were being spilled out.

    I was passing through another New Mexico town at the time, and I tuned in the radio station. The on-duty announcer rattled off something like this:
    “Jones now has 113 votes; Smith has 257; Brown has 412; and Martinez has 73.” How much more complicated could the radioman have made this spilling out of the votes so far?

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

  • 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.

  • RHS tennis locks up district titles

    Robertson dominated this week’s pre-district tennis tournaments for District 2 1A-4A, collecting dual 5-0 championship runs at the Capital tennis complex Friday in Santa Fe.

    The Lady Cardinals defeated St. Michael’s 5-0, getting straight-set wins from their top three singles players.
    Meanwhile, the Cardinal boys beat Santa Fe Prep 5-0.

    Robertson, coached by Warren Fulgenzi, will attempt to add to its state championship trophy case May 2-5 in Albuquerque.

  • Local teams solidify spots in 2-4A

    Dismissing the Pojoaque Elks with a 13-6 and 11-1 doubleheader sweep on Monday, the Robertson Cardinals passed the 20-win mark.

    Robertson is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A baseball according to the final NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll with one weekend left in the regular season.

    Zach Jordan hit a home run and a double in one game, driving in three runs and finishing 3 for 4. Antonio Padilla joined Jordan with three hits. Both Antonio Cordova, who accounted for five runs batted in, and Caleb Marrujo, had two hits; Marrujo drove in two runs.

  • 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.