Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 25, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GREAT ECLIPSE. At first it looked as if it might be a big letdown, with a Sunday night cloud cover blocking the first eclipse since 1994. But then the clouds moved out of the way and viewers got all they hoped for — a spectacular view of the moon passing in front of the sun.
    It was a great celestial show, well worth watching.  Can’t wait for the next one — in 2023.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 25, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - The stories of the Las Vegas judgeship

    Having concluded the Centennial series — bringing it home to Las Vegas with the story of Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca — we now begin another titillating narrative. We will recount the history of the district judgeship in Las Vegas, and tell the story of the fascinating men who occupied that position through 1965.

    Our self-imposed terminal date is the year legendary District Judge Luis E. Armijo passed away, after serving almost 40 years on the Las Vegas bench.

  • Highlands’ Saenz: All-tourney honoree

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU

    Luis Saenz, whose heroic effort against national power St. Cloud State was key in the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team’s extended postseason run, was honored as part of the All-Tournament Team for the NCAA Division II Central Regional.

    Saenz was the lone Cowboy named to the All-Tournament Team, helping NMHU (41-18) reach the regional semifinal — its deepest excursion into the national tournament ever.

  • Reflecting on a championship season

    Juliana Guerin captured the Class 1A-3A girls’ state singles tennis championship earlier this month, reclaiming the title she first won as an eighth-grader in 2010.

    The Robertson sophomore shared her thoughts with the Optic in a recent interview that follows in its entirety.

    In what ways have you developed as a player over the last couple years?

    One of my biggest weaknesses has always been my mental strength.  Almost all my losses have come from me beating myself without my opponents having to do much work.

  • Late coach honored with run

    The late Fabian Trujillo wasn’t a coach who shied away from the physical rigors he made his young charges endure in practice.

    Upon returning to cross country coaching for Robertson, Trujillo made a habit of running right alongside his athletes, and he got into the kind of shape reminiscent of his own glory days as a Highlands All-American distance runner.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 25, 2012

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, beginning 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at NCAA Division II Outdoor Nationals, Pueblo, Colo.

  • Go Fish - May 25, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
    Cowles Pond: May 16, Eldridge Basso, age 5, caught his first fish on a fly rod after just a few lessons. He was using an Adams.

  • In Brief - Education - May 25, 2012

    Optic and wire reports

    Pertussis cases confirmed locally
    Several confirmed cases of the pertussis, or whooping cough, have appeared at four Las Vegas City Schools.

    In a memo to parents dated May 18, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez,  school nurse Cynthia Jaramillo and Christopher Novak of the state’s Department of Health notified parents and guardians of the situation.

    At that time, the district had confirmed one case of the bacterial respiratory infection.

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