Today's News

  • RHS, WLV girls lose home finales; district tournaments next week

    After dropping Wednesday night home games — the home finales and senior night for both schools — the Robertson and West Las Vegas girls’ basketball teams now look forward to a shot at redemption represented by the District 2-3A tournament.

    The district tourney begins Monday, with fifth-seeded WLV likely traveling to fourth-seeded Raton in what could be a make-or-break game for both teams’ state tournament aspirations.

  • Youth wrestling next week

    Robertson’s wrestling program is hosting the Junior Cardinal Classic for children in kindergarten through fifth grade beginning Monday, Feb. 25, at McFarland Hall.

    Registration ($30 first child in family, $20 additional children) will be held 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday. No practice will be held then.

    Kindergarten and first-grade wrestlers will attend 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Second through fifth graders will attend 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

  • Rangers top Peñasco

    Mora’s boys’ basketball team topped Peñasco 82-60 on Tuesday, improving to 17-8 and 5-2 with just Saturday’s finale at No. 1 ranked Pecos (7-0 after Wednesday’s win over 5-3 Santa Fe Prep) left in the regular season.

    Cody Najar (31), Lorenzo Chavez (24) and Amrick Vasquez (11) led the Rangers in scoring.

  • LV junior wrestlers wrap up solid season

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Junior Wrestling took wrestlers to district and to the New Mexico Junior Wrestling State Championships held Feb. 10 in Albuquerque. The program came home with two junior state champions, as well as third- and fifth-place finishers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 22, 2013

    • NMHU at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m., Abilene, Texas
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC meet, TBA
    • NMHU at RMAC/Super Region IV tournament, 9 a.m., Chadron, Neb.

  • Meat processing plant opens

    Martinez & Sons Processing opened its doors for business Monday morning. By that afternoon, two steers and two heifers had already been brought in to be harvested.

    “It feels really good. It’s a long time coming,” said Timoteo Martinez who, along with his family, has been working to get the slaughterhouse off the ground for about three years.

    Martinez & Sons Processing, LLC. is the first commercial meat processing agricultural business in Las Vegas, serving area ranchers.

  • Optic’s McDonald leaving post

    Tom McDonald, who has served as the Optic’s editor and publisher for more than eight years, has announced plans to resign to start his own business.

    The resignation is tentatively effective in mid-March. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic’s parent company, has announced that Optic managing editor Martin Salazar will take over as interim general manager and editor upon McDonald’s departure until a permanent replacement for McDonald is selected.

    The newspaper’s staff was told of the resignation Monday afternoon.

  • Another term - Highlands regent re-appointed

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov. Susana Martinez has nominated Leveo Sanchez to another term on the Highlands University Board of Regents, and she has selected Michael Martinez to serve as student regent, the university announced last week.

    The nominations are subject to confirmation by the state Senate, Highlands President Jim Fries said in an email to the university’s students, faculty and staff. Sanchez’s current appointment will continue until then and Martinez will start his term once he is confirmed.

  • West school district gets clean audit

    Members of the West Las Vegas School Board got good news last week. The 2011-2012 audit has been completed, and the district passed with flying colors, garnering an unqualified audit opinion — the best opinion a public agency can get.

    The audit was performed by the firm of Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.

    During it’s regular meeting last week, the board voted unanimously to approve the audit.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 20, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Woman missing in Rowe area

    Search and rescue teams were called out to help look for a couple who got lost around the Rowe Mesa area after the car they were in got stuck, according to San Miguel Search and Rescue.
    Niki Sebastian, the public information officer for the local search and rescue team, said Monday evening that the man was found and was being treated at St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The man’s girlfriend, however, had not been found, Sebastian said.