Today's News

  • Lady Sundevils romp

    Black Friday was followed by Red-and-Gold Saturday, and there were no good deals to be had for the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team.

    Visiting Española Valley, a 64-28 winner, outworked the Lady Dons on rebounding and defense and had little trouble in an early-season blowout at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Greyhounds sprint past Cowboys

    Marcus Williams led all players with 21 points, and three teammates also scored in double figures but New Mexico Highlands lost a 104-98 shootout with Eastern New Mexico this past Wednesday night on a neutral court in Santa Rosa.

    Highlands battled back after falling behind by as much as 13 points — 79-66 at the eight-minute mark in the second half — but never got over the hump.

    NMHU (1-2) opens its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule with Metro State this Friday in Denver.

  • Santa Rosa grabs 2A football title

    A late touchdown lifted the Santa Rosa Lions to a 21-14 victory over Eunice in the Class 2A state championship football game Saturday in Santa Rosa.

    Eunice, seeded No. 1, had routed Tucumcari 49-20 and beat Tularosa 20-13 to reach the final. The third-seeded Lions made it by shutting out Loving 49-0 and then roaring past No. 2 Texico 48-13 last week.

    Meanwhile, in Class 3A, a pair of defense-oriented semifinals took place Saturday, setting up a St. Michael’s-Lovington showdown for the title.

  • La Plaza elections now slated Dec. 11

    If you happen to be interested in helping guide and govern La Plaza Little League this coming spring and summer, you have the opportunity to step up to the proverbial plate.

    La Plaza is scheduling board elections for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the league concession stand at Rodriguez Park. All positions are open for elections.

    The board elections had originally been scheduled in November, but the outgoing board opted to reschedule and re-advertise the meeting to allow for more potential participation.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 28, 2011

    No local varsity events

    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Tucumcari (A,B), 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas at Bernalillo, 3 p.m., Bernalillo

    • NMHU women vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 28, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

    We value your involvement and want to provide the best area sports coverage available anywhere. Submit your local sports scores, statistics and story ideas to dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • LV police gain accreditation

    The Las Vegas Police Department reached a milestone last week, becoming the 13th law enforcement agency in the state to be accredited by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said this is the first time in the city’s history that it will have an accredited department.

  • Services set for native of Guadalupita

    Miranda Serna never forgot where she came from, often returning to the Mora Valley to help out with basketball camps.

    The Oklahoma State University assistant coach developed her love for basketball in the Mora Valley, and, though she was making her mark in the world of women’s college basketball, she eventually hoped to return home to coach her beloved Mora Rangerettes.

  • Senior Profile - Joe Eugene Pacheco

    At first sight, Joe Eugene Pacheco strikes one as an unassuming man, just “one of ours,” but deeper probing uncovers the depth of this individual. Often clad in his “military letter jacket,” boasting his association with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, this gentleman is a walking, talking treasure trove of information on a variety of topics, but his “war stories” command one’s attention and respect.

  • State eyes decision to close PNM centers

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico regulators have initiated an investigation into a recent decision by the state’s largest electricity provider to close its remaining walk-in payment centers around the state.

    The Public Regulation Commission says in its order that it wants to determine if the move by Public Service Company of New Mexico is consistent with statutes and rules and whether it’s in the public’s best interest.