Today's News

  • Dons, new coach are road warriors

    Chemistry shouldn’t be an issue for the West Las Vegas baseball team this spring.

    Much of the Dons varsity has ample experience playing together and for Ryan Gabaldon, who’s taken over the program as head coach.

    Not only had Gabaldon been a varsity assistant and middle school head coach for several years, he’s also coached many of his current players since they were members of his La Plaza Little League Cubs and All-Star lineups.

  • Go Fish - March 29, 2013

    FISHING REPORT, March 26:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 29, 2013

    • LCC at Frank Phillips (DH), noon, Borger, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado School of Mines (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Portales tourney, TBA, Portales
    • “Warehouse Rumble III” featuring Las Vegas natives Amanda Crespin, Michael Coca Gallegos, 6 p.m., Wool Warehouse, Albuquerque
    • LCC vs. Frank Phillips (DH), 11 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Chadron State, 10 a.m., and Black Hills State, 2 p.m., Cowgirl Field

  • Students excel at competition

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas Middle School has a chapter of Business Professionals of America with a respected tradition of success. Though nationally recognized, the chapter began the year with new leadership and very few experienced members.

    Nevertheless, the group learned how to conduct successful fundraisers, as it set forth upon its mission to compete at the state B.P.A. conference in events such as video production, website design, graphic design, spreadsheets and both prepared and extemporaneous speech earlier this month.

  • Mora County Notebook - Seed exchange welcomes spring

    Spring is really here now; at least the Mora Growers are planning on it, as they held their first annual seed exchange and workshop on Saturday at the meeting room at Tapetes de Lana in Mora.

    An enthusiastic crowd gathered to exchange ideas, seeds and friendship.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - March 29, 2013


    3:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Cimarron, home
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services board meeting, administration building
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Walatowa, away
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. Walatowa, away
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs.Pecos, home
    1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Mora Schools Open House

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Spring: My favorite time of the year

    Springtime automatically brings up thoughts of new life and babies in particular. On this old ranch it is calving time and that is a favorite time for me.

    My father doctor always said, “Put on the catcher’s mitt, but never interfere with Mother Nature unless there is obvious trouble with the birthing process.” How right he was, and he caught lots of babies in his 60 years of his private practice at Valmora.

  • Fire destroys Sheridan home

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A Sheridan family is out of a home after a wind swept blaze consumed their house on Saturday afternoon.

    The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time, said Arthur Atencio, chief of the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department.

    “Those high winds that day really whipped it up and by the time we got there it was fully engulfed,” Atencio said. “We were lucky just to keep it from spreading any further.”

  • Spate of Graffiti - Vandalism costing state big bucks

    Graffiti vandals and aluminum thieves are hitting signs on state roads, leaving their marks or taking off with the aluminum signs.

    Local state transportation officials are asking area businesses and the public for help to locate the graffiti vandals and thieves.

    “It costs taxpayers $250 to $2,500 to replace each sign, based on the size of the sign,” said Kenny Lujan, public information officer with the District 4 office.

    Graffiti has plagued the area for several months, forcing the department to replace stacks of tagged signs.

  • East officials say $500K in cuts needed

    The drama over Las Vegas City Schools’  budget woes continues.

    During a board meeting last week, district officials said the state Public Education Department has assured them that the east side school district will receive $500,000 in emergency supplemental funding.

    District officials said they met with PED Deputy Secretary Paul Aguilar earlier this month, and he provided the assurance.  

    “It has been a really challenging year,” Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said.