Today's News

  • Panther pride
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 17, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is I Love Christmas! by Hans Wilhelm. Free and open to the public.

    • 115th Christmas Bird Count, meet at Charlie’s Bakery and Cafe at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. For more information, contact Chris and Cassidy Ruge at chrisruge1971@gmail.com or 429-7744.

  • Teachers deserve raise

    “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”
    —Helen Caldicott, author and peace activist

    With the dramatic drop in oil prices over the last few months, our state’s budget picture for the coming fiscal year isn’t looking very good.

    That will mean that state lawmakers will face some tough decisions when they convene in Santa Fe next month to develop a budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

  • Editorial cartoon - Dec. 17, 2014
  • Work of Art: A subtle death wish?

    What were they thinking? They are young — probably pre-pubescent — boys who almost caused my workout partner to reduce Las Vegas’ population by three.

    Let me explain:

  • Polls: Dons stay put at No. 2

    Idle this past weekend, the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team (5-0) held on to its No. 2 ranking among Class 4A schools in this week’s NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll.

    David Bustos’ Dons — whose most recent action was a championship win in the Al Armendariz Classic on Dec. 6 at Capital — have some Meadow City company in the polls.

  • Montoya triumphs in Jaguar Invite

    SANTA FE — Rico Montoya had three opponents try to upset him in this past Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.

    None of them made it to the end of the first period.

    The Robertson senior, who is seeking to join the most elite of New Mexico wrestling fraternities  by winning a fifth state championship this winter, began that quest with three quick pins and a title in the Capital High tournament.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 17, 2014

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Valley

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española

  • Gold, Alderete not running

    Longtime board members Gary Gold and Felix Alderete won’t be filing for their prospective seats on Tuesday.

    Gold has served on the West Las Vegas School board for two terms while Alderete has served on the Las Vegas City Schools board since 2011.

    Both Gold and Alderete told the Optic they would not be seeking re-election. Alderete declined to elabotate on his reasons for not seeking re-election.

  • Powering up - BTU store boasts green energy

    Green energy is the name of the game when it comes to the new addition at local family-owned BTU.

    Friday morning, roughly 30 people attended a “ribbon” cutting at the local store in celebration of their business’ recent acquisition of the largest commercial solar system in the city.

    The system was installed by Sapello based Energy Concepts.