Today's News

  • Noticias - June 3, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are at 6 p.m. every third Thursday in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - June 3, 2015

    • El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at 49 Mirasol Road in Ojitos Frios Ranches Subdivision. Open to the public.


  • Read this summer

    Teachers and students throughout the country are breathing a sigh of relief with the arrival of summer vacations.
    Both groups have certainly earned a break given the litany of tests, and everything else they’ve endured throughout the school year.

    But there’s a downside to the nearly three-month summer break that students are beginning.

    It’s called the summer slide, a well-documented phenomenon where students lose reading proficiency during the summer months.

  • Editorial cartoon - June 3, 2015
  • Work of Art: It’s not part of my bivouac

    It’s interesting when people consistently use the incorrect word and can’t tolerate any correction, even when it’s offered politely.

    Let me explain:

    A friend with whom I once took classes at Highlands had been hobbling around on crutches a couple of weeks ago. I saw her this week, sans crutches and asked how she was doing. “Much better! I’m just glad I’m not ambulatory anymore!”

  • Vatos: National champs!

    As founding faculty adviser and longtime spokesman Dick Greene would say, speed never has a bad day.

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby club used that attribute well and achieved the pinnacle of success in the small college ranks this past weekend, beating New England College 22-19 to win the national championship in sevens rugby.

    In doing so, the Vatos avenged last season’s defeat to New England in the national sevens final. That had been the club’s deepest postseason run in its 23-year history.

  • Rainy days & Mondays

    Sometimes, victories aren’t reflected by the scoreboard.

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers (2-8) stumbled to a 6-2 loss against Trinidad Monday night, ending the team’s modest two-game win streak.

    But there were things for the Robbers to be thankful for.

    • No. 1, they finally got to play a real home game, 10 games and nearly two weeks into the season, at Rodriguez Park.

    • No. 2, they drew a respectable crowd to said game, peaking near 70 before chilling rains chased many of them away.

  • Little League - June 3

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by Las Vegas Little League. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    WEDNESDAY: Cardinals vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m.; Orioles vs. Angels, 7:30 p.m.
    FRIDAY: Angels vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Orioles vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY: Rattlers vs. Sandgnats, 6:15 p.m.; Express vs. Paw Sox, 7:45 p.m.
    THURSDAY: Bats vs. Owlz, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Threshers, 7:45 p.m.

  • In Brief - Sports - June 3, 2015

    From The Associated Press
    NBA concussion protocols draw new questions

    OAKLAND, Calif. — When NBA union chief Michele Roberts watched Stephen Curry return to a game after his head slammed against the floor and he walked woozily to the locker room, she immediately took a closer look the league’s concussion protocols.
    Two nights later, when Curry’s Golden State teammate Klay Thompson was cleared to return after being kneed in the head only to later be diagnosed with a concussion, her reaction was much stronger.

  • Golf tourney Saturday to help NMHU

    Submitted to the Optic

    In support of New Mexico Highlands Cowboys and Cowgirls athletics, the Highlands athletic department announces its inaugural golf outing on Saturday, June 6, at Pendaries Mountain Community and Golf Resort in Rociada.

    The 18-hole scramble will start at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch and dinner will be included in the registration fee and lodging is available in Las Vegas on a first-come basis.