Today's News

  • Back on track - West Las Vegas track and field teams take dual seconds in own meet

    Moises Coca swept to victories in all three distance running events Saturday in the West Las Vegas Invitational, leading the Dons to a runner-up finish in the boys’ team standings.

    Coca said that while the meet titles were nice, he’d rather have another prize.

    “I’d rather qualify for state,” he said.

    That doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a problem.

  • Roundup - Ulibarri silences T-wolves

    Jake Ulibarri served up a no-hitter in a 4-0 shutout of East Mountain on Saturday to punctuate a successful weekend for West Las Vegas baseball.

    The Dons took two of three games over the weekend in the Portales tournament.

    “The boys stepped it up,” said WLV head coach Ryan Gabaldon. “Most of them were very sick but played with heart. I’m so proud of my boys.”

    West opened the tourney with a 13-5 romp against Eunice, then lost to host Portales by a 12-7 count.

  • Unionization of college athletes subject of case

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm.

    The very makeup of the National Labor Relations Board has been challenged in a case now before the Supreme Court. And Republicans contend the agency has being overly friendly to organized labor.

  • Gators take chomp out of Cinderella

    By Teresa M. Walker
    The Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — First yet again this season, the Florida Gators want more. Much more.

    Try a national championship.

    Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points and Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a 62-52 win Saturday night over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers in the South Region final.

  • Wisconsin nips Arizona to reach Final Four

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Wisconsin bumped and grinded its way into the Final Four.

    Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona in the West Region final Saturday night.

    The Badgers (30-7) advanced to their first Final Four appearance since 2000 on Saturday night, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 31, 2014

    • Robertson JV vs. Raton (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Taos (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

    • Robertson vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., MMS field
    • West Las Vegas vs. Capital, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., RHS field

    Track and field
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 3 p.m., Los Alamos

  • Officer cleared in shooting

    The state police officer who shot a disoriented New York man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 25 the night of Jan. 4 has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    District Attorney Richard Flores announced Wednesday that he has determined that officer Jonathan Wright was justified in his actions.

  • Ex-East chief cited health in letter

    The former superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools District cited health issues and a strained relationship with the board as her reasons for not seeking an extension of her contract.

  • Senior profile - Martin Suazo Sr.

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Martin Suazo Sr. has made his living as an insurance agent, but the well-known local businessman’s passion lies with basketball.

    And now he’s on a mission to get the word about a shooting technique aimed at improving accuracy in the sport.

    Martin was one of a few individuals born in a small community named El Valle de los Indios, situated about 40 miles west of Albuquerque. He was born April 30, 1938.

  • Electric co-op sued over fire

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that its negligence caused the 10,000-acre Tres Lagunas Fire last May that burned for weeks and damaged land owned by two property owners.

    The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state District Court in Santa Fe on behalf of David Old, his businesses — Old Wood and the Viveash Ranch — and River Bend Ranch LLC. It seeks unspecified compensatory, punitive and treble damages, along with attorney fees and expenses for bringing the lawsuit.