Today's News

  • Highlands men to play in The Pit Nov. 11-12

    The Highlands University Cowboys are playing in the New Mexico Classic Basketball Series Nov. 11-12 with the university’s Alumni Office sponsoring a tailgate event and other festivities.

    The tailgating Nov. 11 will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the University of New Mexico’s Dreamstyle Basketball Arena in Albuquerque also known as “The Pit.”

  • Off to state: 39 area runners to compete for titles Saturday

    Pecos cross country teams are looking to add to their ever-growing collection of hardware when Saturday’s state championships return to Rio Rancho High School.
    Races begin at 9:30 a.m.; admission is $8 (cash only).
    The Panthers, who won a state team title in 2016, and the Lady Panthers, who placed third, both won District 2-3A banners and highlight the list of area runners making the trip.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Nov. 3-5

    • Robertson at Pojoaque Valley, 7 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas vs. St. Michael’s, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Class 1A-4A state tournament semifinals, teams TBA (boys 10 a.m.; girls 3 p.m.), Bernalillo Soccer Complex
    • District tournaments TBA
    • NMHU at Westminster, TBA, Salt Lake City

    Cross country
    • NMHU at NCAA Division II South Central Regional, 11 a.m., Canyon, Texas

  • Outlaws make it to two finals

    Not one, but two Las Vegas Outlaws teams will play for AYF state championships this Sunday.
    Las Vegas 9-10, which most recently won the Four Corners Regional by beating the Valley Vikings 28-7 and Grants Pirates 34-0, will host Taos in one state final at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Herrera Complex.
    The 9-10 squad clinched the regular-season AYF New Mexico title in its age division after finsihing with a 39-0 win over the Santa Fe Roadrunners on Oct. 16.

  • RHS to host St. Mike's in 2-4A volleyball final

    Robertson's volleyball team has learned whom it will face in the District 2-4A tournament final on Saturday night.

    The St. Michael's Lady Horsemen swept Pojoaque Valley 25-16, 25-12, 25-20, on Thursday night at Perez-Shelley Gym in Santa Fe and will advance to the tourney championship. As the No. 2 seed, St. Mike's was the favorite to emerge from the bracket.

    Robertson (18-2) swept St. Mike's 3-0 in their first match of the district schedule this fall, but the Lady Horsemen extended the Lady Cards to four sets in their rematch.

  • City wins $150K for historic firehouse

     Submitted to the Optic 

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street America says that Las Vegas will receive “full funding” as part of its Main Street program.

    The group announced the award along with its partners: American Express, National Geographic and Delta Airlines.

    “We want to be the first to let you know that the votes have been tallied and that you are among the groups below that will receive full funding through Partners in Preservation: Main Streets,” a news release stated.

  • State soccer: Robertson falls to Bears, Bobcats

    The season is over for Robertson soccer teams who'd made it to the quarterfinals of the Class 1A-4A state tournaments.

    The No. 3 seeded Cardinals lost 4-1 to No. 6 Hatch Valley on Thursday morning at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex. Later in the day, the No. 10 seeded Lady Cardinals came up short against No. 2 Bosque, 3-0. Coach Bryan Trujillo and the Cardinals had one of the deeper runs in program history and finished 14-7.

  • San José man has trial set on sex abuse charges

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A San José man, identified in court documents as a Pecos Schools custodian, is set for both a competency hearing and a trial on more than 30 sex-abuse charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Louis Ivan Vigil, 45, was booked into jail Sept. 1 on eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor younger than 13. He also faced 14 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • District volleyball: West eliminated by Taos

    It must have been those Halloween colors of the Taos uniforms.

    On Tuesday night, in the opening match of the District 2-4A volleyball tournament, host West Las Vegas fell 3-1 to Taos. The Lady Dons (3-15) won the first set 25-17, getting solid defense across the lineup and kills from Briana Marquez, Bailey Douglass, Jenna Bustos and Brianna Maes.

    But with Taos' Faith Powell establishing her physical dominance at the net, the Lady Tigers roared back to take game two 25-13. Taos led 17-2 at one point before West rallied to get closer.

  • When East meets West

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Anthony Tapia of West Las Vegas managed to get past Robertson defender Emiliano Berged on this play, but Berged and the Cardinals prevailed in Saturday’s 57th meeting between the two teams, 51-21.

    The annual rivalry game included collaboration between the two school districts on many levels. See more about the game on Page 8 of today’s print edition of the Optic and on the sports tab of lasvegasoptic.com.