Today's News

  • Roughrider Report

    Following a report by the Higher Learning Commission which underscored a number of concerns with how the institution is being governed, the Board of Trustees has approved a significant number of policy revisions and adoptions over the past month. The majority of changes are aimed at enhancing the processes by which the faculty, staff and students contribute to the well-being and strength of the institution.

    At their Dec. 19 meeting, Trustees unanimously approved the by-laws and constitution for the newly recognized staff advisory senate.

  • Maybe, just maybe, it’s not your party

    If you are feeling down or depressed, do something kind for someone else. Don’t expect any return back and see what happens. In other words, if your life is not fulfilling, take the blessings you have been given (and you have plenty of them) and pay them forward for the benefit of others.

    There. I have shared today’s message in three sentences. One simple concept that, if heeded, can be life changing. It is the ultimate prescription for depression, make it not about you.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

  • Pecos, Mora look strong in district races

    The Pecos Panthers’ sprint toward another district championship in boys’ basketball took another couple of lengths down the track Thursday night.

    Pecos beat up Academy for Technology and the Classics 80-22 in Santa Fe, rising to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in District 3-3A.

    Coach Ira Harge’s team led 31-5 after the first eight minutes and 55-10 at halftime. ATC’s best quarter was the third, and it was 74-18 after that one.

  • WLV runners All-Harrier medal winners

    West Las Vegas cross country runners Miguel Coca and J.J. Esquibel were recognized with “All Harrier” medals before Tuesday night’s Lady Dons-St. Michael’s girls’ basketball game.

    Coca and Esquibel received the accolades from the New Mexico Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for outstanding performance regardless of school classification this past fall.

  • Feature back missing from Super Bowl

    By Rob Maaddi
    The Associated Press

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick dynasty actually lacks something: a 100-yard rusher in the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots.

    Perhaps that’s the best way to explain why it’s been a decade since a title game winner reached a mark often reserved for Super Bowl MVPs. It also illustrates how the game has changed since Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Terrell Davis were carrying the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos to championships.

  • Eagles latest to wear underdog label

    The Associated Press

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn.  — America loves comeback stories, the last-to-first variety that features new stars, big plays and a monumental triumph at the end.

    That would be the tale of the Philadelphia Eagles if they win Sunday’s Super Bowl.

    The oddsmakers don’t see it happening and have installed the New England Patriots — yes, them again — as 4½-point favorites.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 4-7

    SUNDAY (Feb. 4)

    • NMHU vs. University of the Southwest (DH), 1 p.m., Albuquerque Sports Complex
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 12:30 p.m., Cleveland High, Rio Rancho


    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec


    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Las Vegas community battles flu symptoms

    While the flu grips much of the nation in sickness, New Mexico and the Las Vegas community are also laboring under its impact.

    As reported in Wednesday’s Optic, some West Las Vegas elementary schools were closed this week for sanitization. They included Union Street, closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and Don Cecilio Martinez, with Tony Serna Jr., both scheduled for closure on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1 and 2.

  • Mayor, department heads host town hall meeting

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A wide variety of topics, ranging from sidewalks along New Mexico Avenue to water storage plans, were covered when City of Las Vegas hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Las Vegas Senior Center Sabino Street.