Today's News

  • Noticias - Sept. 24, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • A call for decorum

    Last week’s Las Vegas City Council meeting ended with criticism from councilors Vince Howell and Tonita Gurule-Giron that city officials had been disrespectful to members of the public and that they had created a hostile environment.

    The two city councilors didn’t elaborate, but they were likely referring to the behavior of City Attorney Dave Romero and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz who, at several points during the council meeting, seemed to lose their cool and lash out at speakers and members of the audience.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 24, 2012
  • Editor's Note - What did I miss?

    For anyone who pays attention to my whereabouts or reads this column regularly, you may know that I left town recently to attend a memorial service for my father, who died Sept. 6 at age 86.

    It was a good trip. The service was a true celebration of a wonderful life well lived, and I was able to spend some quality time with my mother, who  maintains her warm and bright outlook on life. Plus, I saw more family than I could count and left feeling blessed to have such a big and boisterous clan to which to return during times of loss.

  • Weekend Roundup - Cowboys outgun No. 18 Mines

    Emmanuel Lewis threw for four touchdowns — two of them in a 21-point second quarter surge for the Cowboys — and New Mexico Highlands surprised No. 18 nationally ranked Colorado School of Mines on a sunny Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands never trailed in the football game but had to weather a late charge by the Orediggers, who put up 13 points in the final 10 minutes to whittle an 18-point deficit to five.

  • K-State upsets Sooners

    By Jeff Latzke
    AP College Football Writer

    NORMAN, Okla. — For John Hubert and No. 15 Kansas State, there is no sweeter payback than avenging a dream-crushing loss at the hands of No. 6 Oklahoma.

    Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble and returned it for a score and the Wildcats beat the Sooners 24-19 on Saturday night to avenge a wrenching loss from last season.

  • Lobos top Aggies, end slide

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES  — The University of New Mexico football team used what coach Bob Davie called its biggest game of the year to get the biggest monkey off its back.

    Kasey Carrier rushed for 129 yards and the Lobos snapped a 24-game road losing streak with a 27-14 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night.

    New Mexico’s previous road win also came in Las Cruces when they defeated New Mexico State 35-24 on Sept. 27, 2008. The four-year road skid had been the longest current FBS streak in the nation.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 24, 2012

    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Memorial Middle School vs. Mora, 4 p.m., MMS gym

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Clovis, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Mora (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Indian, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Pecos (A,B) at McCurdy, 4 p.m., Española

  • Vegas undercover: Dirty money

    Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series about Las Vegas’ drug problem. The initial stories will focus on how undercover agents infiltrated what they’re calling a heroin and crack cocaine distribution network operating in San Miguel County.

    Three months before an army of federal, state and local officers stormed in and conducted a massive drug raid in Las Vegas, Robert Padilla, was nervous.

  • Interim fracking ban OKd

    The City Council by a 3-1 vote on Wednesday evening passed a moratorium on all oil, gas and geothermal drilling within city limits following a rancorous exchange between members of the public and city officials.

    City Attorney Dave Romero characterized the moratorium as insurance against fracking, a process whereby a large amount of pressurized water with chemicals is injected into wells and bores to crack rock and free oil or gas. The previous moratorium expired about six months ago.