Today's News

  • BREAKING: Robertson stuns No. 1 Portales

    Robertson is headed back to the state football championship. 

    The No. 4 seed Cardinals (10-2) upset previously unbeaten and No. 1 Portales 26-14 on Saturday evening at Cardinal Stadium. The team advances to a state title game at Hatch Valley this coming Saturday. 

    The Rams finish at 11-1.

    See the Optic print editions for more coverage. 

  • West Las Vegas hoops teams rout foes

    West Las Vegas' basketball teams made such quick work of their opponents Friday, one might think they wanted to hurry and get home for more Thanksgiving leftovers. 

    The 2015 Class 4A state runner-up Dons routed Hot Springs 101-16 to tip off their season. 

    Earlier, the Lady Dons dominated the Hot Springs girls 75-19 to move to 2-0.

    Both games saw the mercy rule running clock throughout the second half. 

  • Game time changed for Saturday playoff

    Due to weather and road conditions, kickoff time for Saturday's state football semifinal between Robertson and Portales has been pushed back to 4 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium. 

    The New Mexico Activities Association reportedly called for the change to better accommodate travel as a storm system sweeps across the state. 

  • Restraining order threatened

    Several parents of Los Niños Elementary School students are fuming after the school district’s superintendent demanded that they leave the school and even threatened to hit them with a restraining order earlier this month.

    The incident occurred on Nov. 13, while students were in class. The parents were meeting at the school to talk about plans for the upcoming electric light parade and holiday program when Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova told them to leave.

  • Homes tour, light parades, Santa on tap for weekend

    The holiday season has officially arrived and the Las Vegas area is ready for it. Hot chocolate, Victorian homes decorated in the holiday spirit, Santa Claus, light parades, and thousands of luminarias are all in the plans for next weekend.

    Starting off the festivities is an annual Las Vegas Citizens’ or Historic Preservation Holiday Historical Homes tour from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening. This year’s tour features Carnegie Library, the local First Methodist Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and six homes — all decorated for the holiday season.

  • Weather - Nov. 29, 2015


    HIGH 42° / LOW 21°
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. South wind around 10 mph.
    6:50 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 42° / LOW 20°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Monday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 20.
    6:51 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • Highlands student found dead

    New Mexico State Police are once again investigating the on-campus death of a Highlands University student.

    Fidel Trujillo, the university’s dean of students, sent out a campuswide email Wednesday afternoon announcing the death.

    In his email, Trujillo notes that the student is 21 and that campus police discovered the student’s body in his residence hall room during a welfare check.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 29, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1965 — Danny Herrera, the West Las Vegas Dons six-foot center, is rated among the nation’s top high school basketball players, along with four other New Mexico cagers in “Basketball” magazine. Danny is one of the Dons’ most consistent scorers as well as a tough defensive player who snagged 21 rebounds in the Dons’ first game this year. Danny is tied with teammate Pete Lucero with 26 points made in the first game against the Wagon Mound Trojans.


  • Looking a lot like Christmas
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