Today's News

  • Weather - Aug. 26, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5 -10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Proposal to end dispute over White Peak area

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    New Mexico’s land commissioner is proposing a resolution to the long-running battle between sportsmen and ranchers over access to a popular hunting ground called White Peak.

    Commissioner Aubrey Dunn sent a letter last week to the state Department of Game and Fish, asking the agency to consider purchasing 10,000 acres around the Las Vegas hunting ground owned by rancher David Stanley.

  • AG to probe hiring of sex abuse suspect

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s attorney general said Monday he will investigate how the state’s largest school district hired a high-level administrator who faces child sex abuse charges in Colorado.

    The district’s new superintendent, meanwhile, faces increasing pressure to resign over the debacle.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 26, 2015

    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Hugo and the Space Dog” by Lee Lorenz. All programs are free and open to the public.
    • El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumer Association special board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 with location to be announced. For location and more information, call 426-2146.

  • APS should fire Valentino

    Just when you thought the scandal at Albuquerque Public Schools couldn’t get any worse, more dirty laundry emerges.

    It turns out that the man hired by new APS Superintendent Luis Valentino to be the district’s deputy superintendent faces four felony counts of sexual assault on a child in Colorado involving two victims.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 26, 2015
  • Work of Art: A great dad-son combo

    The cause of much consternation as we returned from our summer break to resume classwork at Immaculate Conception School in 1954 was whether the bulk we’d acquired during vacation had magically slipped away. That was the time we returned as freshmen to the homeroom of Sister Mary Missa Massa.

    The baby fat we thought we’d exchanged for muscle just wasn’t there. Here’s what happened:

  • Outlaws start youth football slate with wins

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Las Vegas Outlaws 7-8 and 9-10 teams both opened the 2015 fall season of the Northern New Mexico Children Football League with wins.

    The 7-8 Outlaws beat up on the NMCFL spring flag champion Santa Fe Venom 20-0. Scoring for the young Outlaws: C.J. Perea with two rushing touchdowns and Ethan Tafoya with one.

    “We had a great day of blocking by our offensive line; without those boys we wouldn’t score a point,” said head coach Carlos Perea.

  • Dons football team pushing forward

    There was a time in the fall of 2014 when the West Las Vegas football team found itself trailing Pojoaque Valley on the road, 21-0.

    “There would’ve been times (in years prior) when they would’ve given up at that point,” said WLV head coach Adrian Gonzales. “They would’ve thought ‘We can’t come back.’”

    Not this time.

    The Dons dug deep and rallied, somehow making a game of it before falling by just two points, 21-19, to the favored Elks.

  • Hold on, cowboy