Today's News

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 12, 2015

    • Songfellows Quartet in concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 at Calvary Baptist Church, at 300 Baca St.

    • Little League elections, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.


  • Noticias - Jan. 12, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Keep politics out of it

    In the coming weeks and months the Highlands University presidential search committee and, ultimately, the university’s Board of Regents will be hard at work vetting applicants for the Highlands presidency.

    It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the work they will be doing. The person selected as the university’s next president will set the tone and course of the next several years at Highlands.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 12, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - A tale of two perspectives

    As part of my work, and for pleasure, I read newspapers from all over the state — and two in particular recently stood out.

    Such different perspectives they have, and by “they” I don’t mean the newspapers’ editors. I’m talking about communities that the Las Vegas Optic and the Lovington Leader serve. And nowhere are their differences as stark as they are in dealing with the oil and gas industry.

  • Mat time at premium

    A couple of close calls separated the Robertson wrestling team from a 3-0 streak in Saturday’s Pinto Duals in Moriarty.

    With vacancies in three weight classes, the Cardinals were just six points — potentially one match — shy against a solid Los Lunas team. And the difference was a mere point in a loss to El Paso Hanks High.

    On the flip side, an undermanned Albuquerque High squad surrendered too many forfeit points in a one-sided loss to the Redbirds.

  • Roundup - Mixed results in Shootout

    West Las Vegas pulled out a double-overtime boys’ basketball victory 70-69 over Clayton on Saturday afternoon in second-day action at the Portales Shootout.

    Dons sophomore D.J. Bustos clinched the win with a clutch foul shot in the closing seconds.

    That was a fitting highlight to the two-day round-robin event. The Dons had endured a sobering 85-71 upset to the host Rams on Friday and avoided a second consecutive defeat. The Yellow Jackets gave West a valiant battle Dec. 23 in Clayton before losing a close game.

  • Highlands grapplers pass the Gut Check

    New Mexico Highlands wrestling team made a clean sweep of the weekend’s trip to the Gut Check Duals in Olympia, Wash., winning five duals to improve to 6-0 on the winter.

    The Cowboys on Friday picked up wins against Pacific (Ore.) 47-6, Warner Pacific 36-6 and at Highline Community College in the nightcap, 33-12.

    Then on Saturday, the Cowboys routed South Puget Sound Community College in an exhibition before punctuating the weekend with a 33-9 triumph against the Canadian school Simon Fraser (B.C.).

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 12, 2014

    • Memorial Middle School boys at Mora, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos, 10 a.m., Taos (RESCHEDULED)

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., WLV