Today's News

  • Work of Art: ‘Don’t ask us any questions’

    A half dozen of us sat nervously in the advanced English classroom of  Mrs. Ruth Shafer, a veteran teacher who, many had heard, ran her students through the paces.

    Mrs. Shafer, wherever she is would probably fault me for using such a cliché (“through the paces”), but even as I write this, I think back more than five decades to the favorable impressions she left on us.
    Let me explain:

  • West runners second in Mora

    MORA — With teammate Mikah Paiz making his season debut in Saturday morning’s Mora Invite, West Las Vegas’ Miguel Coca and J.J. Esquibel led the way to a clean 1-2-3 finish for the Dons varsity.

    As strong as those three ran, however, it wasn’t quite enough to upset Santa Fe Indian, which put enough of its runners between the lead troika of Dons and the rest of West’s team to swipe the team title with 42 team points.

    West finished second with 51, and the host Rangers took fourth with 109 behind Mesa Vista (66).

  • Tri-umph! Vegas football teams cap 3-for-3 weekend

    Arjay Ortiz’s 96-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Robertson’s 45-0 shutout of Cobre on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    It was another big day for Ortiz, who ran for two TDs, passed for two more and intercepted two Cobre passes. In all, Ortiz generated 352 total offensive yards (191 passing, 161 rushing).

    It was also a good afternoon for Darian Duran and the Robertson defense, which consistently found its way into the Indians’ backfield for sacks and tackles for loss.

  • Kurui wins Lobo Invite

    Amid a crowd of runners from big NCAA Division I schools, Collins Kurui struck a blow for D-II New Mexico Highlands.

    Kurui raced to victory in the Lobo Invitational’s collegiate cross country meet this past Saturday in Albuquerque. Kurui’s time of 15:24 was second only to UNM’s Alexander Palm, who ran unattached and did not score officially in the 5-kilometer course.

  • Late push not enough for Topes

    Las Vegas Optic

    Albuquerque’s baseball season came to a close Monday night with a 13-1 loss at Reno (80-62).

    Rafael Ynoa paced the Isotopes with three of the team’s nine hits. The Aces scored 10 runs in the second.

    The Isotopes finished the summer — their 15th as a franchise — 68-73, good for third place, four and a half games behind champion El Paso in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern.

    Manager Glenallen Hill, who recently won his 200th game, is expected to return in 2018.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 6, 2017

    • Pecos vs. Jemez Valley, 6:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Valley Middle School at Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Anton Chico

    Cross country
    • West Las Vegas Middle School, Valley at Edgewood, 3 p.m., Edgewood
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • NMHU women vs. West Texas A&M, 5:30 p.m., Eco Park, Taos

  • MainStreet de Las Vegas receives grant

    Submitted to the Optic

    Preserving Las Vegas history is the shared job of public and private organizations, including the nonprofit MainStreet de Las Vegas.

  • Pecos Schools custodian jailed on child sex abuse charges

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A San José man, who is  identified in court documents as a Pecos Schools custodian, is in the San Miguel County Detention Center on more than 30 sex-abuse charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Louis Ivan Vigil, 45, of San José, was booked into jail Friday on eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor younger than 13. He also faces 14 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • Cardinals punish Cobre 45-0

    Arjay Ortiz's 96-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Robertson's 45-0 shutout of Cobre on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    It was another big day for Ortiz, who ran for two TDs, passed for two more and intercepted two Cobre passes.

  • Dons score KO in Grants

    Austin Abeyta scored three touchdowns and West Las Vegas sunk the Grants Pirates 53-0 on Friday night in Grants.

    The Dons, who played without a couple of key offensive starters, had their depth at the skills positions tested but dominated nonetheless in improving to 1-1.

    The game was stopped with 4:36 left in the fourth quarter due to the mercy rule.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas-area sports, see the print and online editions of the Optic this week.