Today's News

  • Alta Vista welcomes nurse practitioners

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nurse practitioners Wietske Moore and Lindsay Carlucci have joined the medical staff of Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Moore is a graduate of George Mason University and Shenandoah University. She has more than 30 years of medical experience, to include hospital and clinic environments.

    Moore is no stranger to New Mexico Prior to working on the east coast, she practiced in Truth or Consequences.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 1, 2014


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Our Tree Named Steve” by Alan Zweibel. Free and open to the public.


  • Nixing records a big deal

    We’ll be the first ones to admit that the timing is more than a little suspect.

    With just weeks to go before the November general election, the district attorney representing the Las Cruces area drops a bombshell. Mark D’Antonio, a Democrat, issued a report last Tuesday alleging that an internal investigation has determined that a former district attorney and her staffers appear to have intentionally deleted politically sensitive emails and erased hard drives before leaving office.

  • Work of Art — Cursive: Not what we think

    It started as a pleasant but intense discussion on the future of cursive writing. But before we get into it, let me pre-sanitize all implications of the word. You see, even though I’d used it most of my life, I’d never even heard the term, until much later in life.

  • Lady Card spikers nab third in tournament

    Alicia Arguello and Hannah Lopez earned all-tourney honors in helping Robertson capture third place in this past weekend’s Sandia Prep Invitational in Albuquerque.

    “I’m really proud of the girls,” said first-year head coach Dominique Montoya. “They’re making improvements and working together.”

    RHS finished second in pool play with fourth-ranked Bosque, Socorro and Tularosa. Then the Lady Cardinals beat East Mountain 27-25, 21-25, 25-8, 25-13, in the first round of bracket play.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Oct. 1, 2014

    • West Las Vegas girls at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson boys vs. Moreno Valley, 3 p.m., RHS Field
    • Robertson girls vs. Moreno Valley, 5 p.m., RHS Field
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Bosque, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Memorial Middle School vs. Valley, 4 p.m., MMS


  • Treating the home crowd

    Amanda Ortzow, Jayme Quintana and Alonzo Chavez all have built reputations for athletic prowess grown right here in northern New Mexico.

    Their fan bases in Las Vegas and Mora have seen them produce moments of triumph in training and competition.
    On Saturday, they added to the memories by helping New Mexico Highlands cross country sweep the women’s and men’s team championships of the annual NMHU XC Jam.

  • Water lack hurts residents

    People who reside in the Gene “Geno” Maes subdivision near Zeamway and Airport Road had their water service temporarily cut off recently, and they’re pleading with the city to resolve their predicament once and for all.

    “We currently don’t have water,” Lydia Ortiz told the City Council during a meeting earlier this month. “We’re victims of the Geno Maes account.”

  • Zuni Days
  • East board gets new president

    There is a new president on the Las Vegas City School board. Longtime board member Gabe V. Lucero was elected unanimously to the position succeeding Gloria Lovato Pacheco during a board meeting late last week.

    Lovato Pacheco said she would decline any nominations for an officer position on the board. She said she felt the district was moving forward in the right direction. Lucero previously served as board secretary and has been on the board since 2009.

    He ran unopposed during the February 2013 school board election.