Today's News

  • West still dealing with heating issues

    Heating problems continue to plague the West Las Vegas School district.

    During a recent Dons basketball match against the Española Valley Sundevils at Gillie Lopez gym, fans and players bundled up as the heating unit for the complex malfunctioned, leaving the facility without any heat during freezing temperatures.

    On Thursday, board member Christine Ludi didn’t hold back, criticizing district officials for failing to have a backup system to address these issues. Heating issues have wreaked havoc for the west side school district for years.

  • Arrest warrant issued for HU official

    Las Vegas police filed documents in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday charging New Mexico Highlands University Associate Athletic Director Gavino Archuleta with several crimes stemming from the Nov. 17 incident in which he allegedly grabbed another athletics department employee’s genitals.

    The criminal complaint charges Archuleta, 29, with criminal sexual contact and false imprisonment, both fourth-degree felonies and with three petty misdemeanor counts of battery.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 19, 2012

    Story time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Santa’s New Jet” by David Diedrzycki. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2012

    Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 25 by 5 p.m. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, becoming north 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming west in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.


  • Correction - Dec. 19, 2012

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that the Pecos League, which is looking to bring a baseball team to Las Vegas, is a semi-pro league. In fact, league commissioner Andrew Dunn said it is a professional baseball league.

  • Highlands’ Cass scores 29 in 88-85 setback

    A desperation three-point try by Stargell Love was off the mark as time ran out Saturday night, and Colorado State-Pueblo escaped the Wilson Complex with an 88-85 verdict over New Mexico Highlands.

    Mannie Cass led all scorers with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds. Lavell McDade had 21 points and nine assists. Lionel Coleman scored 16.

    The ThunderWolves had trailed by as double digits early in the game.

    Highlands dashed out to an 11-1 head start and it was 15-5 after a Josh Monroy layup at the 13:16 mark.

  • Cowgirls have played three top RMAC teams

    Erica Hicks broke a late tie with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift Colorado State-Pueblo past NMHU 86-83 on Saturday evening.

    One night after losing to Colorado-Colorado Springs by four, the Cowgirls lost to Pueblo by three.

    NMHU is now 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, having lost three straight league games — against the top three clubs in the league — after a 3-0 start to the RMAC schedule.

    Alyssa Lopez was the night’s leading scorer with 27 points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals.

  • Bowl Special - Some hits, mostly misses

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer

    This college football bowl season is like a brand of Chex Mix that comes with a bunch of nuts you don’t really care to eat.

    Sure, there’s a handful of enticing matchups that are worthy of your time for three or so hours. But by the time you’re done picking through to the good ones, you realize there’s not much left.

    Well, there are other things to do this holiday season.

    Like, go ice skating.

    Or, check out all the pretty lights.

  • Offseason dues