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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - OUR BEGINNING

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: For more than three years, Jesus Lopez has enchanted Optic readers with his Nuestra Historia column, which first appeared on this page on Jan. 7, 2011. Since that time, Lopez has authored 167 articles and more than 150,000 words, and says he has written just about all there is to write of the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 21, 2014

    The New York Daily News on the awarding of the Medal of Honor to 24 U.S. veterans previously denied the honor (March 19):

    The U.S. righted terrible wrongs on Tuesday when President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on 24 soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
    Most were Jewish or Hispanic and all earned eternal gratitude for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. But they were likely denied because of their ethnic or religious heritages.

  • All-district honorees include 15 from LV

    Fifteen Las Vegans were among those honored recently with selection to All-District 2-3A basketball teams.

    West Las Vegas boys’ head coach David Bustos and girls’ head coach Jose Medina were both crowned Coach of the Year in their respective sports after guiding their teams to regular-season championships. The Lady Dons also won the 2-3A tournament; the Dons lost in their final to Taos but made a deep run in the state tournament, losing to eventual state champ Hope Christian in the semifinals.

  • Lady Riders sweep!

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team did something it had never done before — sweep a conference opponent.

    The Lady Rough Riders swept Western Texas College 6-5, 5-3, 10-6 and 14-13 this past weekend at home in its conference opener.

  • Ortiz wins in nationals

    Elijah Ortiz could use a larger trophy case for his next birthday.

    Sooner, if you can help him out.

    The 6-year-old Las Vegas resident completed a long undefeated season in junior wrestling that began in October and concluded in March with a national championship. Ortiz is the son of Angelo and Olivia Ortiz and the brother of Noah and Jonah Ortiz.

  • Lobos all business this time

    By Glen Rosales
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s a memory that everybody connected to the New Mexico basketball program is hard-pressed to forget.

    A year ago, the Lobos were media darlings. They were seeded third and were a popular pick to reach the Final Four.
    This from a program that had never won more than one game in any NCAA tournament.

    Rather that reaching the last weekend of the season, however, New Mexico fell to unheralded and 14th-seeded Harvard in the opening game.

  • Roundup - Dons down Rattlers

    Getting production from both sides of the ball, West Las Vegas scored its second varsity baseball victory in as many days on Tuesday evening against visiting Tucumcari.

    This time the Dons won 12-2, relatively smooth sailing after Monday’s close-shave 5-4 win against Monte del Sol.

    “Our (defense) was on,” said WLV skipper Ryan Gabaldon, “and our sticks all around.”

    Andy Gabaldon prevailed as the winning pitcher, and his father hailed “a total team effort — it was great.”

  • Go Fish - March 21

    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. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, March 18:
    Charette Lakes: No reports.
    Cimarron River: Trout fishing was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 21, 2014

    Friday
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at St. Mike’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Socorro tournament, TBA, Socorro
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Clarendon (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • Robertson at St. Mike’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Carlsbad tournament, 7:30 a.m., Carlsbad
    Track and field
    • Memorial Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 3 p.m., Santa Fe

    Saturday

  • City to begin removing signs

    The city of Las Vegas is warning political candidates that it plans to begin removing political signs from public property and from the public right of way, including utility poles.

    City officials have been looking into the issue for about two weeks after Ward 1 candidate Oliver L’Esperance complained about opponent Tonita Gurule-Giron’s signs being in the public right of way.