Today's News

  • Unknowingly controlled by strangers

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    We are controlled by strangers whom we will never meet and we don’t even recognize it.

    I am on vacation and I get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As I walk across the room trying to remember where the door is, my left wrist lights up and my watch tells me it is 2:51 am and states “You did it! You have earned an hour towards your standing goal.”

  • Bradner Reservoir work is moving forward

    From the City

    Work on Bradner Reservoir is proceeding from design to the construction phase.

    There are two parts to the construction project at Bradner Reservoir. First is the rehabilitation of the auxiliary embankment, main embankment and the spillway and second is the installation of the outlet tower.

  • Failing schools: the elephant in the room

     Another Perspective

    I want to talk about the “elephant” in the room; and that is the quality of our schools. WalletHub is the most credible national norm referenced statistic center for education (New Mexico is ranked 50th of 51 states).

    The New Mexico State Department of Education has begun grading school districts and East and West Las Vegas both earned a D-plus. The top five public school districts in New Mexico are Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Grady, Fort Sumner, and Cimarron.

  • Editorial: How many guns do we need?

    Every time a derranged person — usually a male — notches some type of new low in terms of casualties in a mass shooting, it’s tempting to look at economics, weapons laws and mental health coverage for gaps and loopholes.

    It’s time to start looking at the sheer volume of weapons we are putting into circulaiton.

  • Soccer: Beasties push No. 1 Prep

    Unbeaten in nine matches and ranked No. 1 in Class 1A-4A girls’ soccer, Santa Fe Prep was the clear favorite at Robertson on Thursday.

    Still, the Blue Griffins had about as much trouble shaking Robertson off their trail as they did kicking the mud of RHS Field off their cleats. The Blue Griffins never were able to pull away in an eventual 3-1 defeat of the Lady Cardinals on Thursday evening.

    They improved to 9-0-1, while the Lady Cards slipped to 7-8.

  • Volleyball: Lineup changes don’t slow RHS

    It turns out the Robertson volleyball team doesn’t reserve its focus exclusively for fellow state heavyweights like Sandia Prep, St. Michael’s and Moriarty.

    The Lady Cardinals (11-2, 2-0) can also turn up the heat against lower-tier foes. That they did on Thursday night, sweeping Taos in a District 2-4A contest at Mike Marr Gym.

    “Our focus — each match — is to just take care of business,” said RHS head coach Stacy Fulgenzi. “I tell them we know what we have to do; it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

  • Go Fish — Oct. 8, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Fishing report, Sept. 26

    Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was slow.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 25.3 cfs. Fishing on the river was fair using worms, salmon eggs, pheasant tail nymphs and wooly buggers. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

  • Looking Ahead, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017


    Soccer: NMHU women at Regis, 5 p.m., Denver, Colo.; Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC fields, Montezuma.


    Football: Robertson (B) vs.Moriarty, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium; West Las Vegas (B) vs.Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex; Soccer: Robertson boys (B) and girls (B) at St. Michael’s, 3 p.m., Santa Fe; Volleyball: Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., TBA.


  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    Thursday, Oct. 12

    The 19th annual enchilada dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants to nonprofit groups in Las Vegas and the surrounding area will be held in the Flamingo Room at the Hillcrest Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the First United Presbyterian Church office (1000 Douglas Ave.), from Dr. Em Krall or at the door. For information, contact the church office at 505-425-7763.

    Thursday, Oct. 12

  • Noticias, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@ lasvegasoptic.com.

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Monday, Oct. 9, the court and all other San Miguel County offices will be closed in observance of Columbus Day.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.