Today's News

  • Montoya finishes 2-2 in D-I nationals

    Robertson alumnus Rico Montoya came within one match of the quarterfinals before losing in the NCAA Division I national wrestling championship tournament this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Montoya, who competed in the 133-pound weight class, compiled a 2-2 record in the tournament.

    He helped the University of Northern Colorado to a tie for 38th place in the team standings among 72 schools represented.

    Montoya opened the three-day tournament by stunning No. 12 seed Josh Terao of American University, doubing him up 10-5.

  • Difficult series for collegians

    Howard College brought the No. 1 softball team in the region to town for its conference opener over the weekend, and the Hawks demonstrated their full array of weapons in a four-game sweep of Luna Community College.

    Scores were 14-0 and 12-4 on Friday, 11-0 and 18-1 Saturday.

    As it did the previous weekend, Luna played without its usual coaching staff, relying on a couple of volunteers from players’ families.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 21-24

    WEDNESDAY (March 21)

    • Mora at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Estancia (DH), 3:30 p.m., WLV field
    Cheer and dance
    • West Las Vegas community performance, 6 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • Robertson vs. Kirtland Central (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Pecos at Jemez Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Jemez Pueblo


  • Special audit report due to be released to public soon

    A special report on City of Las Vegas business is due to be released by the Office of the State Auditor soon.

    A non-public "exit conference" was set for late Tuesday, after Optic press time, where personnel from the Office of the State Auditor could present the results of a special audit to the acting City Manager, Ann Marie Gallegos, Interim Finance Director Tana Vega, Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron and one City Councilor.

  • Drowning victim tested positive for meth, fentanyl, marijuana

    Results recently obtained from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator show the drugs a 20-year-old Teoclote man had in his system when he died. 

  • Police: DWI suspect more than twice legal limit

    A Las Vegas man was booked into jail on several charges earlier this month after a New Mexico State Police say he was driving fast down Grand Avenue and a breath test showed his alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

  • Rail service kept intact through grant

    Last year, when President Trump's proposed budget included nixes to Amtrak and rail funding pointed to eliminating the Southwest Chief line altogether, fliers and posters circulated, encouraging constituents to contact Congressional leaders about keeping rail in the area.

    Last week, approval of a grant to restore funding for the Southwest Chef had some Deocratic party officials celebrating. 

    Amtrak has a station in Las Vegas that provides jobs and is critical to the planned development of the city's Railroad Avenue.

  • Job vacancies abound for City of Las Vegas

    Need a job?

    If you have the correct qualifications and/or certifications, the City of Las Vegas might have something for you.

    From the City Manager position to some part-time jobs, the city had at least 20 vacancies as of late Friday morning. Some were created by retirements; others are simply due to a high amount of turnover.

  • Plotting a new course

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Receiving a New Mexico Teacher of the Year award was much more than an honor for a Highlands University alumna; it was an opportunity to be a voice for the state’s teachers and students.

    New Mexico’s Public Education Department selected Stephanie Gurulé-Leyba, a medical science teacher at Santa Fe’s Capital High School, as its 2017 Teacher of the Year, the first time in 16 years a Santa Fe teacher has received the award.

  • Why make such hay of sports?

    Why make such a big deal out of a high school varsity team winning a state championship?

    Is it because with all the fear, doubt and despair in the world at any given moment, we cling to the achievements on a court or field, which cannot be disputed?

    Or is a respite from “adulting” that allows us to rejoice in the calm and peace that comes from watching young people running and competing, and, for the most part, having a great time?