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Today's News

  • Alfonso Ortiz: Likely new mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz will be the only candidate for Las Vegas mayor in the March election.

    It’s the first time in recent memory that a non-incumbent has run unopposed for the city’s top spot. Another rarity is that no city incumbents are running for re-election.

    Filing day for municipal candidates was Tuesday.

    In December, Ortiz, 69, who served as a councilman in the 1970s and 1980s, announced that he would run for mayor.

  • Cowgirls come close

    GOLDEN, Colo. — Angie Charchalis drained a pair of free throws in the final five seconds to help secure a 60-58 win for Colorado School of Mines over visiting New Mexico Highlands on Saturday evening in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action at Lockridge Arena.   

    Twice in the final minute, the Cowgirls (6-6 overall, 1-4 RMAC) slashed the lead to three points before running out of time.

  • West girls stop Lovington in battle for No. 1

    In one of the bigger moments in program history, West Las Vegas rocked Lovington 72-55 in girls basketball Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. Both teams tied for No. 1 Wednesday in the NMHSCA poll of Class 3A. West's win makes the Lady Dons 11-1. See Monday's Optic for details.

  • Cowboy wrestler upsets No. 1 Grizzly in dual loss

    New Mexico Highlands 125-pounder Seth Wright upset the No. 1-ranked wrestler in NCAA Division II in a competitive but ultimately unsuccessful dual meet Friday at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Grizzlies, rated No. 10 in the nation, won the dual 29-15.

    Wright’s effort in a 9-4 decision over national finals regular Arsenia Barksdale was one highlight for the Cowboys and coach Doug Moses, who returned to the mats after the holiday break. Wright is now 5-1 overall.

  • Several area teams ranked

    The latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association polls have a number of area basketball teams rated among the best in the state.

    West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons top the list, ranking No. 1 among the state’s Class 3A girls’ squads. WLV is tied with Lovington, whom the Lady Dons host on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym. West is coached by Jose “Majic” Medina.

    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals are ranked eighth in the same poll after a recent run to the championship game in a Roswell Goddard tournament.

  • Editorial: The coming election

    We must admit some surprise that no one stepped up to run for mayor against Alfonso Ortiz, but there’s still the possibility of a write-in candidate. We’ll know this week whether the San Miguel County treasurer walks in to the mayor’s office unopposed; the deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Tuesday.

    And the same goes for Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo, who is also unopposed in his re-election bid for municipal judge.

  • Wood company 'alive and well'

    A year ago, Las Vegas-based Old Wood was experiencing tough times, as were many businesses.

    Now, David Old, the company’s owner, reports that his business is “alive and well.” Old Wood is expected to have up to 15 employees within the next couple of weeks, many of whom have been hired in recent days, he said.

  • Letter: Burglary adding to the pain

    It has not yet been a year since we lost our sister, Dana Konno.  The community has been amazing in its support and many positive remembrances of her, for which we are so grateful.

    On New Year’s Day, Dana’s home was burglarized. Along with valuables, such as jewelry and a computer, all her mementos were stolen. In addition, her identity papers and other important paperwork, credit cards etc. were taken.

  • Top 3A girls' teams meet today

    It’s bigger than No. 1 vs. No. 2.

    It’s No. 1 vs. No. 1.

    When West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team plays Lovington on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym, it’ll be a matchup between the state’s top two Class 3A teams — and it’s rare for the Meadow City to host such a contest in any sport.

    The Lady Dons and the visiting Wildcat girls, who tip off at 3:30, are in the unique position of sharing the No. 1 ranking in the latest New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association poll, released Wednesday.

  • Las Vegas man dies in crash

    A Las Vegas man died when a car struck him while he was riding a motorcycle early Sunday evening.

    Joseph Roybal, 42, San Miguel County’s crusher facility foreman, was pronounced dead at the site of the accident at Seventh Street and Legion Drive. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m.

    According to police, Richard Vigil, 25, was headed south on Seventh in a SUV when he turned left onto Legion. In so doing, he struck the Roybal’s motorcycle. Roybal hit the side of Vigil’s car and became trapped underneath the vehicle, Police Chief Gary Gold said.