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Today's News

  • Walking with a purpose

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Thousands of New Mexicans, including participants in Las Vegas who walked between Immaculate Conception Church to San Antonio Church, made pilgrimages on Good Friday in an annual act of prayer, reflection and sacrifice.

    The largest destination group is usually for El Santuario de Chimayo, with some walking to Chimayo from as far away as Albuquerque.

  • Police host forum on potential re-opening of Camp Luna shooting range

    By Susie Tsyitee, Special to the Optic

    They kept coming.

    Less than a handful of concerned citizens gathered on a March evening in the Las Vegas Police station’s training room to meet with Commander Eric Padilla and Interim Chief Chris Lopez about the condition and future of the shooting range located at Camp Luna.

    By start time, however, more than 40 Camp Luna-area residents, hunters, hobby shooters, and gun safety professionals listened while Padilla outlined city concerns and hopes.

  • Judge approves campaign cash settlement for Pearce, others

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A settlement agreement that allows Congressman Steve Pearce and other federal politicians to bring stockpiles of campaign cash home to run for New Mexico state offices has been approved.

    U.S. District Court Judge Judith Herrera on Monday signed a settlement between Pearce and the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office allowing federal campaign contributions to be transferred to a state campaign if state contributions limits were not exceeded.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Thursday-Saturday, April 5-7
    The AAUW Annual Spring Used Book Sale will be held at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus at Eighth and University. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Donations can be dropped off on-site Wednesday, April 4, noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds support scholarships for Highlands women and AAUW-sponsored educational programs.

    Friday, April 6

  • What, exactly, is a 'cascaron'?

    How often does it happen that a holy day clashes with a hellish day? It happened only three days ago, when a calendaric (is there even such a word?) date occurs to combine Easter Sunday with April Fool’s Day.

    That’s an opportunity for churchgoers to take part in both events.
    Easter Sunday is one of those holy days that flit all around the calendar; sometimes it falls in March, sometimes in April. My birthday is constant, on April 21, but Easter is not. However, I can recall several times when my birthday fell exactly on Easter.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

  • Luna getting NMDOT help with paving

    Thanks in part to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Luna Community College is getting some of its parking lots paved this year.

  • Encore? Champs look ahead after winning third state title in four years

    Not much rest is in store for the West Las Vegas cheer squad.

    With the confetti still settling after the team captured its third Class 1A-4A state championship in co-ed cheer, coaches and cheerleaders are looking ahead.

    Head coach Isabel Cavazos said she and her staff will be getting organized in advance of a productive offseason that will include camps and other activities such as fundraising. Tryouts will be coming up in late April or early May.

  • Prep roundup: Lady Dons sweep St. Mike's on diamond

    West Las Vegas softball posted its best weekend to date, opening district play by sweeping St. Michael’s 13-4 and 12-3 in Santa Fe.

    With wins in three of their last four games, the Lady Dons are off to a 6-5 start.

    St. Mike’s led 4-2 through the first three innings in game one, scoring all four in the third with the help of errors.

  • College roundup: Madrid, Cowgirls prevail via long ball

    Desiree Madrid belted an inside-the-park home run that dropped out of reach just inside the left-field line, and — with the game having been tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth — it was a walk-off winner for host New Mexico Highlands, driving in three runs for a 5-2 triumph.

    The win completed a doubleheader sweep for the Cowgirls against Black Hills State (S.D.) on Friday afternoon at Cowgirl Field. It was just the second time this season Highlands has won consecutive games and the first since the team swept Eastern New Mexico on March 6.