Today's News

  • Luna’s YouthBuild program seeks participants

    By Eddie King
    LCC YouthBuild Program Director

    Luna Community College’s new program, YouthBuild, is seeking participants for the program. The program is a successful alternative education program. It assists local area youth ages 16 to 24 obtain their GED and pursue post-secondary education. Program participants will also learn construction industry-related job skills by renovating or building affordable housing in our community.

  • Noticias - Feb. 11, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • The latest outrage

    The nearly four-year-old Clayton Jay Quintana case has been, for many, one outrage after another. The latest is that even though he’s a convicted sex offender, and has to register as one, the law exempts him from having his name, photo and other information on the state’s sex offender website.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 11, 2013
  • Editor's Note - A letter and a conversation

    A conversation I had and a letter I received last week got me to thinking about what’s wrong and what’s right about Las Vegas. Let’s start with what’s right.

    People top the list of what’s right, as far as I’m concerned. We enjoy a great diversity of cultures and backgrounds here — not so much as a melting pot but as a tossed salad.

    I love the legend about how warring Native American tribes once declared the hot springs in Montezuma neutral territory, so all could enjoy its soothing and medicinal powers in peace.

  • Cowboys upset No. 14 Grizzlies

    John Jackson missed a three-pointer in the waning seconds Friday night, and New Mexico Highlands preserved a 74-72 win over No. 14 nationally ranked Adams State.

    Unfortunately for Cowboy fans, the team’s bid for a second upset of a ranked team fell short the next night as No. 20 Fort Lewis prevailed.

  • Bradley, Tapia star in East-West girls’ game

    Kendra Montoya’s three-point basket from the right wing tied it with less than a minute left.

    And one clutch free throw apiece by Santana Aragon and Abbey Bradley in the game’s closing seconds sealed Robertson’s 56-54 triumph at West Las Vegas on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Cardinals had led most of the night -- by as many as 11 points, 36-25, in the third quarter -- but a ferocious effort by WLV post Michelle Tapia keyed a Lady Don comeback.

  • Robertson gets even - Fourth quarter belongs to the Cardinals

    For sheer dramatic value, Saturday night’s Robertson-West Las Vegas boys’ basketball sequel had a hard act to follow.

    And it really was no comparison to the spellbinding overtime classic won by West on Jan. 26.

    The Cardinals didn’t mind, though, because they ended up with a 59-52 win over their crosstown rivals.

    Ryan Tafoya led Robertson with 16 points, including two free throws to bring the curtain down with four seconds left.

  • Mora girls 20-2; Pecos boys 19-2

    District 2-2A archrivals Mora and Pecos butted heads in both boys’ and girls’ basketball this past Thursday at Montoya Gym, and things followed the expected script.

    The Rangerettes and Panthers, both riding high in the state rankings for Class 2A girls’ and boys’ hoops, respectively, dominated to maintain momentum as the season hits the home stretch.

    Mora girls 67, Pecos 38
    Pecos’ Lady Panthers showed fight in the early going, staying within a possession (18-15) by the end of the first quarter.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 11, 2013

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos (MAKEUP GAME)
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., Mora

    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) at Peñasco, 5:30 p.m., Peñasco
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Socorro, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym