Today's News

  • Weather - Dec. 17, 2014

    A slight chance of rain showers after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    A slight chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

  • 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.