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Today's News

  • Alone at the top!

    West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach Jose “Majic” Medina had seen it before — a Lady Dons team falling behind by a few points in a big game, getting caught up in the moment, its collective confidence shaken, and letting a small deficit turn into a gaping chasm from which there would be no escape.

    Not this time.

  • Letter: Good Samaritans on Christmas Eve

    On Christmas Eve, I was involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident near San Geronimo. I was trapped in my SUV, hanging upside down by the seatbelt. Hot coffee had spilled all over me and was rapidly freezing. I did not have a coat on and the sun had dropped below the Sangre de Cristos with darkness fast approaching.

  • Voters to decide on charter

    Now Las Vegas voters will decide on a new constitution for the city government.

    On Wednesday, the City Council voted 3-1 to present a proposed city charter to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The council approved the proposed charter drafted by the Charter Commission, whose 11 members were appointed by the mayor, the council and the municipal judge.

    Over the last two months, the council twice rejected the proposed charter because a majority of members didn’t like the provision for runoff elections.

  • 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.