Today's News

  • Cardinals, Dons triumph in close calls to kick off season

    Prep football kicked off Friday night with two clutch victories for Robertson and West Las Vegas. 

    The Cardinals, ranked as high as No. 1 in Class 4A preseason polls, won a marquee matchup with Class 3A's top team, defending state champion Estancia, 27-26.

    In doing so, Robertson snapped the visiting Bears' 17-game winning streak that dated back to October 2014. The Bears went 13-0 last fall.

    Up north in Clayton, the Dons scored twice in the second half after a 0-0 deadlock in the first half hour of game time, holding on for a 14-8 win.

  • PED missed red flag on Trujillo

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    A simple cross-check of Charles Trujillo’s personnel file would have alerted the state Public Education Department to the fact that the now-disgraced former Professional Licensure Bureau chief did not have the master’s degree he was claiming on his licensure application and that he falsified one of the school transcripts he submitted with that licensure application.

  • Senior Profile - Curtis Plagge - All the world’s a stage

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Curtis Plagge jokes that he’s lived “four lifetimes” during his 64 years.

    A 1969 Robertson High School graduate who two years ago returned to San Miguel County, Plagge has worked as a film, television and theater actor and stuntman, and as a comedian, who delivered more than 6,000 singing telegrams.

  • Millennials challenging pollsters

    By Gillian Flaccus, Tamara Lush and Martha Irvine
    The Associated Press

    America’s oldest millennials — nearing 20 when airplanes slammed into the World Trade Center — can remember the economic prosperity of the 1990s, and when a different Clinton ran for president. The younger end of the generation — now nearing 20 — can’t recall a time without terrorism or economic worry.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Interviewing skills 101

    By Beth Urech

    Aldo Brito is a serious, well-spoken and responsible young man. In June he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He’s now a qualified teacher. Having known Aldo for several years, I can say without reservation that his students will love and respect him. But he’s still looking for a job. It’s not so easy in Chicago, especially when you don’t have any experience.

    A couple of months ago, I volunteered to help Aldo. But it was only Monday that we got together for a brief one-on-one.

  • Gruesome killing of 10-year-old horrifies friends and neighbors

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts.

    The woman told officers her 10-year-old daughter was still inside apartment number 808 from which they had escaped.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 28, 2016

    In 1966

  • Weather - Aug. 28, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 52°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
    6:30 a.m. to 7:33 p.m.


    HIGH 77° / LOW 52°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.
    Monday night — a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    6:31 a.m. to 7:31 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 28, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    Sept. 1
    The monthly board meeting of the El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association will be at 7 p.m. at 49 Mira Sol Road in the Ojitos Frios Ranches Subdivision. The public is welcome.


    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Guerin graduates from physician assistant program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas native Dominic Guerin graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine Physician Assistant Program on Aug. 13, earning a master of science degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Guerin was born and raised in Las Vegas, graduating with honors from West Las Vegas High School in 2002. He was a musician and athlete, and a life guard instructor for many years at the City of Las Vegas Recreation Center.