Today's News

  • In Brief - Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    The Associated Press

    GOP: Aid for Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON — The top Republican leaders in Congress are promising help for devastated Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with Speaker Paul Ryan calling it a “humanitarian crisis.”

    Both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that they are working with the Trump administration and awaiting word on what resources and disaster relief will be needed. Hurricane Maria has left millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico without food, water and housing.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Wednesday, Sept. 27

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Center, in participation with the City of Las Vegas Museum, will be hosting a guest lecture at 6:30 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management will be discussing National Preparedness Month and the need for emergency preparedness. The event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Contact the City of Las Vegas Museum at 505-426-3205 for information.

    Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Noticias, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

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

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

    • The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers to Prepare and serve lunch on Thursdays. It is an ecumenical ministry. All are welcome. Call 425-7283 for information.

  • Highlands on list of ‘best bang for the buck’ institutions

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University is a leading college in the best bang for the buck category, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

    In a study published in August 2017, Washington Monthly ranked Highlands 74th in the Western United States for colleges that help non-wealthy students attain a marketable degree at affordable prices. Highlands earned the highest ranking of any public college or university in New Mexico in Washington Monthly’s “bang for the buck” category.

  • Cross Country: Royal welcome at Kings Stadium

    Nothing was going to stop Natalia Marrujo from having a great race — her first home meet as a collegian — on Saturday morning at Kings Stadium.

    Not rain. Not mud. Not a killer hill that had mere mortals swearing in broken breaths (but had cross country pain-lovers vowing to return for more).

    Marrujo, who won a state championship for Mora last November, raced to sixth place (20:05) and helped New Mexico Highlands’ women to third as a team.

  • Football: Dons, Cards win big

    Antonio Bustamante turned Friday night’s football game at Pojoaque Valley into his own highlight reel.

    The West Las Vegas junior ran for six touchdowns and a 2-point conversion as the Dons (3-2) took a mercy-rule-shortened 52-0 win in the District 2-4A opener.

    West’s defense stuffed the Elks consistently and didn’t give up a first down until the second quarter. In the meantime, Bustamante had run for twin 24-yard touchdowns, and John Balizan had connected with older brother David on a 32-yard strike to make it 20-0.

  • Weekend roundup: State final preview?

    Reaching a tournament title match for the second weekend in a row, the Robertson volleyball team this time got a close look at Sandia Prep, one of the favorites to win state.

    The Lady Cards, having finished as Class 4A runner-up last November, are also in that category. In fact, MaxPreps has the Sundevils and Lady Cards as No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. But Sandia Prep, host of the weekend tourney, came up with a straight-sets win, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23, on Saturday evening in the Sundevil Invite.

  • Looking Ahead, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017


    Cross country: West Las Vegas Middle School at Desert Ridge, TBA; Football: Memorial Middle School at De Vargas, 4 p.m., Santa Fe; Volleyball: West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Valley; Santa Fe Indian at Memorial Middle School 4 p.m.


    Soccer: Robertson boys (A,B) at Questa, 3 and 5 p.m.; Socorrogirls (A,B) at Robertson, 3 and 5 p.m., RHS Field; West Las Vegas girls (B) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m.; Volleyball: Mora (A,B) at Peñasco, 5 p.m.; Memorial Middle School at Valley, 4 p.m.


  • Council votes to invite state auditor's help

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    After a lengthy discussion and some rabid accusations involving city councilors, the Las Vegas City Council voted 3-1 to request a special audit of city business from the New Mexico Officer of the State Auditor. 

    The vote breakdown was the same as it was last week when Councilor Vince Howell motioned to hold the meeting. Howell and Councilors Barbara Perea-Casey and Councilor David Romero voted for the special meeting, while Councilor David Ulibarri Jr. voted against it. 

  • Turkey for you; turkey for me

    Work of Art, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Call a person a turkey, and you might be using fighting words. But I can make an exception and even construe the moniker as a compliment.

    Let me explain:

    My mother, Marie, served two two-year terms as San Miguel County Treasurer back in the early ‘60s. It was customary (maybe it still is) for bankers to gift elected officials on Thanksgiving for their services. Mom died early this century and is therefore unable to explain things in detail.