Today's News

  • Vegas residents win $50K lottery prize

    Submitted to the Optic

    ALBUQUERQUE – For Justin Montoya and his mother, Rosemarie Montoya, winning a New Mexico Lottery prize was a scream.

    The Las Vegas residents won $50,000 playing a $5 “Diamond Mine 9X” Scratcher that they bought after stopping for gas.  Justin Montoya, who paid for the ticket, let his mother play the game while he drove. 

    When his mother revealed the five-figure prize, he said she erupted.

  • Native to talk about filmmaking at NMHU

    Erik Howell, 27, is giving back to his community. In July, Howell, a Las Vegas native, held a screening of his film and today (Wednesday) he will speak with New Mexico Highlands University students about filmmaking. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the NMHU Media Arts Building Room 100, Howell will show attendees one short film and tidbits of some of his other film productions. Immediately following the showings, Howell will be available for a question and answer session.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 14, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Nighttime Ninja” by Barbara DaCosta. Free and open to the public.
    • Search and Rescue meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Habitat for Humanity Building, 714 National Avenue, across from the Methodist Soup Kitchen.

  • Leaving no one behind

    When President Obama spoke on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke as if the United States never leaves any veteran behind. “We take care of our own,” he said more than once. It was inspirational rhetoric, but it’s not altogether true.

    On the battlefield, a soldier is taught: leave no one behind — it’s something they strive to do even though it’s not always possible. But when soldiers return home, far too often they are left to fend for themselves.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 14, 2012
  • Work of Art - Hey, the election’s over

    I want to shout out — to total strangers if necessary — “Hey, the election’s over.” Of course, I’m viewing this political theater through the eyes of someone who’s pleased with the results.

    Obama got re-elected, gaining about 125 more electoral votes than his opponent, Mitt Romney. Yet, bloggers, those who spend half their lives writing comments online, usually on Facebook, continue the assault.

    Let me explain:

  • Cardinals to host Rams in opener

    Robertson is back in the Class 3A state football playoffs.

    The Cardinals on Sunday learned they will be the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Portales with a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 students and seniors; only cash will be accepted on site.

    The Cardinals, who went unbeaten in the District 2-3A portion of their schedule, are 6-4 overall coming off this past Friday’s 42-26 triumph over West Las Vegas in the annual Vegas Bowl.

  • Rangers run 4th in state XC meet

    Mora’s boys’ cross country team hit the accelerator at the right time.
    And the finish line paid off with the best individual and team results ever.

    The Rangers, who finished second to archrival Pecos in the District 2-2A meet one week earlier, defeated the Panthers — and all but three fellow Class 2A boys’ outfits — in the state championships this past Saturday in Rio Rancho.

  • West, Mora spikers headed to state

    Volleyball teams from West Las Vegas (15-8) and Mora (17-5) will join other state hopefuls on Thursday, when the state championship tournaments begin in Rio Rancho.

    Tourneys begin with pool play on Thursday morning; performance in pool play will determine bracket pairings, and bracket play will commence later in the day. Pool matches are two games each, played to 25.

  • More elections around corner

    Between last week’s general election and the primary and the two municipal elections held earlier this year, one might think that elections are done with for a few years. Not so fast.

    The West Las Vegas School Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve an election for two school board seats, for a school bond and for a capital improvements tax on Feb. 5. Other area schools boards will soon be scheduling their elections as well.

    At West, school board members Christine Ludi and David Romero hold the two seats up for election.