Today's News

  • Vatos rumble past Brujos

    Submitted to the Optic

    After solid wins over Las Cruces (31-20) and Albuquerque (28-18), the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Rugby Club will host Santa Fe  at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Chavez has highlight day

    Anytime you can stay close to — much less defeat — Pecos star Antonio Varela in a race, it’s a very good day.

    Mora’s Alonzo Chavez pulled off that particular feat this past Saturday in the Fox-Vixen Relays hosted by Fort Sumner High School. Running in the boys’ 1,600-meter run, Chavez finished in 4:49, good enough to win the event and edging Varela — the two-time defending state champion in the event — by more than four seconds.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 4, 2012

    Track and field
    • Fabian Trujillo Memorial Invitational (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas, others), 3 p.m., TBA

    • NMHU at Metro State, 3 p.m., Denver
    • LCC vs. Lamar CC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson boys at Bosque, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

  • Council blasted over zoning

    Plans to build a new child care center for 70 children on the southeast corner of Eighth Street and Friedman have been scrapped, and two members of the Las Vegas Planning & Zoning Commission are blaming election season politics for the outcome.

    The project — which according to the applicant would have resulted in eight to 12 new jobs for the community — would have required a zone change, from the current O-1, or office zone, to a C-1, or neighborhood commercial zone.

  • Locks of Love

    Ember Ha beamed last week as beautician Francine Martinez began snipping away at her long dark locks last week.  

    It was a day the 7-year-old had been waiting for since kindergarten, ever since she heard about a charity that makes hairpieces for children with cancer and other illnesses and decided that she wanted to help.

    Her mother, Ashley Saiz, picked her up from Legion Park Elementary shortly before school let out on Monday, and the two headed to Hair We R, where they met her father, Nea Ha.

  • Highlands gets grant for scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University was awarded a $414,000 National Science Foundation grant to provide scholarships and academic support services aimed at increasing the graduate rates for science students.

    The five-year NSF grant earmarks $360,000 to establish the Achieving in Research, Math and Science, or ARMAS, Scholarship Program for promising upper-division science students with financial need.

  • Court upholds property tax law

    By Barry Massey

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.

    Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and property values rose.

  • In Brief - News - April 2, 2012

    Las Vegas Optic

    Man facing drug charge

    A Las Vegas man driving a vehicle with no tail lamps in the early morning hours of March 10 was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and possessing cocaine.

    Theodore Manzanares, 32, has been charged with driving while under the influence-second offense, driving on a suspended license, and operating a vehicle without tail lamps, all misdemeanors, and with possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Looking Back - April 2, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 15 – New Las Vegas officials take their seats. New Aldermen are seated and at once get down to real business.

    City Marshal: Ben Coles;
    Night Policeman:Pierce Murphey
    Merchants’ Night Police: J.W. McGovern;
    Police Magistrate: D.R. Murray
    City attorney, judge: E.V. Long
    City Physician: Dr. C.C. Gordon

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 2, 2012

    UWC hosting free concert Wednesday

    A special performance featuring Philip Glass and Jon Gibson will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday 4 in the Kluge Auditorium on the campus of United World College-USA in Montezuma. The concert is free and open to the public.