Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - The formidable Don Eugenio

    Born in 1837, Eugenio Romero was two years younger than Trinidad.  In 1882 he was elected the first and only mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas, before the eastside broke away and established itself as a separate municipality. (Don Eugenio alone held this distinction for almost 90 years, until the consolidation of our municipalities in 1970).

  • Orgullo del Norte - Kearney didn’t fire a shot, but Los Norteños did

    “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
    — Woodrow T. Wilson

    Much like President Bush’s “mission accomplished” statement, Gen. Kearny announced that the only resistance to the invasion of New Mexico was the mud on his wagon wheels. Both statements were made way too premature.

    Kearney failed to do his research on the inhabitants of Northern New Mexico. Had he done his homework, he would have learned how resilient, self-sustaining, proud, cunning, and fearless Norteños were.

  • Tome hosts writer-poet Baca

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    Award-winning writer, poet and activist Jimmy Santiago Baca will be in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Sinninger Hall. He is hosted by local bookstore, Tome on the Range.

  • Que Pasa - April 22, 2011


  • Noticias - April 22, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@ lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.

  • Lt. Governor Visit


  • Film Blitz set to strike LV

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    Another film is going to be shot in Las Vegas. This one is a little different. The Las Vegas Film Blitz 2011 is coming to Las Vegas this month thanks to a partnership between Luna Community College, the International Alliance for Stage Theatrical Employees, Albuquerque Actors’ Studio, Eastern New Mexico University — Roswell, and New Mexico State University — Grants.

    The Film Blitz is planned as a three-day production from May.

  • Gallegos earns scholarship

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    The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities, today announced the 2011 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, including West Las Vegas High School student Zachary Gallegos.

    On Wednesday, April 20, Gallegos and the other 24 scholarship winners from New Mexico were to be honored during the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s Education Excellence Annual Dinner at Embassy Suites Hotel featuring keynote speaker New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

  • WLV Middle School honor roll

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    West Las Vegas Middle School announced the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period of the 2010-11 school year.

    Sixth Grade

    A - Honor Roll  —Brooklyn Aragon, Leigh Baca, Cameron Flores, Sabrina Garcia, Lucia Lopez, Liam Lopez-Montoya, Eunice Padilla and Victoria Sena

  • WLV coach Montaño fired

    After three years as head coach of the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball program, David “Morgan” Montaño’s time is up.

    Montaño confirmed that he had been fired from the coaching position as of Tuesday afternoon. He said West Las Vegas athletic director Jose Medina told him the school board and superintendent had made a decision “to go in a different direction” with the program.