Today's News

  • What we’re thankful for

    In just 24 hours, most of us will be with family and friends enjoying a delicious turkey dinner and thinking about what we are most grateful for in our lives.

    Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it’s built around spending time with those in our lives who mean the most to us and taking a moment to think about the blessings in our lives.

    As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving, the Optic’s Editorial Board would like to wish you a wonderful holiday and to share some of the things we’re grateful for.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 23, 2016
  • Work of Art: Grateful for avoiding pedestrian

    I came close to creating another obituary for the Optic as I drove downtown on Hot Springs Boulevard Thursday night.

    I proofread all the obits after La Gente Editor Mercy López places them on the page. Thus, it’s safe to say we have a long-time vested interest in what appears on the Optic’s page three.

    On Hot Springs, as one approaches the Behavioral Health Institute, the speed limit drops from 45 to 35. I slowed down and soon noticed a woman close to the middle of the street.

  • Thanksgiving football

    Riding a 14-0 head start they’d gained in the opening quarter, the Robertson Cardinals stayed in front throughout their 34-22 win over visiting Ruidoso this past Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    As a result, Robertson stayed unbeaten at 11-0 and advanced to a Class 4A state football semifinal against Hatch Valley.
    Hatch is the last team to have beaten Robertson — in the 2015 state championship game last December. The rematch kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Cowboys outgun Mustangs

    The game was in Silver City, but James Healy’s shooting was pure gold.

    Healy scored a career high 27 points and swished seven of 14 attempts from three-point range this past Friday to lead New Mexico Highlands to a 77-70 win at Western New Mexico.

    The Cowboys broke into the win column for the first time in three tries. Their next game is a rematch against the Mustangs on Nov. 29 at the Wilson Complex.

  • West to host shootout

    West Las Vegas tips off basketball season with the Brian Gallegos Memorial Shootout this Friday and Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons, who finished their 2015-16 campaign as state runner-up in Class 4A boys’ hoops, will host 3A state semifinalist Pecos along with Clayton and the junior varsity team from Class 6A Cleveland.

    On the girls’ side, the round-robin event features the Lady Dons as well as Sandia Prep, Santa Rosa and Eunice.

    West’s boys were to host Bosque Tuesday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 23, 2016

    No local varsity events scheduled

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 5 p.m., Las Cruces
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Tohatchi, 4 p.m., Tohatchi
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Cards get past Ruidoso, advance to state semis

    Robertson rode a 14-0 head start to a 34-22 win over visiting Ruidoso on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Class 4A state football semifinals.

    The Cardinals (11-0) will host defending state champion Hatch Valley (10-2), which knocked off Cobre in another quarterfinal Saturday in Bayard.

    It'll be a rematch of the 2015 state championship game, won by the Bears in Hatch.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • Council OKs union contracts

    The City Council signed off last week on contracts with two city unions that will provide the members of those unions with pay raises of 35 cents an hour.

    That amounts to annual pay hikes of $728 for full-time city employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2851 and those belonging to the International Association of Firefighters Local 4625.

  • Pulling Together - CYFD, Eagles to help feed the needy

    Four years ago, members of the local Eagles organization saw a need to help others in the community. Since then they have partnered with the local Children, Youth and Families Department to provide 25 full meals to the department’s families. This year’s meal donation from the Eagles is a prime example of CYFD’s new initiative, Pull Together, an effort designed to help others in need.

    “The partnership of the Eagles and our CYFD office is a great example of Pull Together,” Henry Varela, spokesman for CYFD, said.