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Today's News

  • Clinic for veterans now open

    Submitted to the Optic

    Health Net, Inc. and the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System opened the Las Vegas VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 624 University Ave., in Las Vegas, on April 1.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! COMMUNITY TRAGEDIES. Two homicides in as many days can really shake up a small town. Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, and Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, were killed in separate incidents only a few days ago. Two men, Richard Vigil, 47, and John Brito, 44, also of Las Vegas, face charges related to Hernandez’s death, while Clancy’s housemate, 52-year-old Tamara Smith, is charged in her death.

    All of these people — the victims as well as the suspects — resided in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2011
  • Keeping Pace: Five great years at the Optic

    Five years ago I walked into the Optic with my resume in hand, knowing that the last time I wrote for a newspaper was way back in 1973. I worked as a reporter for the Torii Teller, a slick little weekly news magazine covering the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Romero Brothers emerge

    In the first years of his freighting business, Miguel Romero and his five sons, and other family members, made the long  journeys themselves, but soon Don Miguel was able to hire and provide for the many teamsters who would drive his  wagons along the Santa Fe Trail.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The wild, wild West

    “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children.”
    — Native American Proverb

    As a community member studied the first two panels erected across from the Spic & Span, he asked, where are the animals? Where are the bison, deer and elk? Be assured that the animals will be represented and are as much a part of our history as the people who depended on them for survival.

  • Lady Cards knock off Bosque

    The midseason roll continues for the Robertson girls’ tennis team, and not even the absence of a premier player was enough to derail the Lady Cardinals Wednesday at Bosque Prep in Albuquerque.

  • Joe Abrams Classic
  • Locals shine in state league

    The Dodgers, a team in the Albuquerque-based New Mexico Men’s Adult Baseball League, has a clear Meadow City flavor, with “80 percent” of the 15-player roster calling Las Vegas home, according to manager Lorenzo Aragon.

    The team has enjoyed recent success, including a 40-16 romp over the Blue Jays this past weekend in Bernalillo.

  • Cowboys chain Hounds

    A good start can sometimes mean great insurance, and that was the case for New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team Wednesday in a 9-6 win over visiting Eastern New Mexico.

    The Cowboys scored four runs on four hits in the first inning and never trailed in the nine-inning, non-league contest.

    Creativity played a part, with a steal, a wild pitch and two hit batters helping advance runners; Eric Maupin’s sacrifice fly scored Jarod Robinette, and later Rick Lesperance bunted to score A.J. Alexander.