Today's News

  • Three straight for RHS girls, Pecos boys

    Jazmine Jenkins led three Robertson girls in double figure scoring Saturday as the Lady Cardinals won a matinee game with Thoreau.

    Jenkins scored 20 of her 26 points in the second half as Robertson turned a 34-33 halftime deficit into an 80-65 victory at Mike Marr Gym.

    Samantha Montaño (20 points) and Alianza Darley (15) joined Jenkins in double digits. Angelica Montoya had 8, Rachele Portillo 5, Hannah Lopez 4 and Brandee Fulgenzi 2.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 27 2016

    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Moriarty, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Pecos boys (A,B) and girls (A,B) at Desert Academy, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    •Pecos Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos
    •NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • Mora Middle School boys at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa


  • Ayana’s Battle

    Ayana Jaramillo is a young, dynamic and happy girl who enjoys cheering on the sidelines at sport games. These days she has hundreds cheering her on as she battles acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

    The 6-year-old kindergarten student was diagnosed with the highly aggressive disorder on Nov. 15 and is currently at the halfway point of her treatment. On Thursday, the Robertson High School Dream Makers organization will host a blood drive in her honor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Michael Marr Gymnasium.

  • East chief submits resignation

    Ruben Cordova is once again heading into retirement.

    The Las Vegas City Schools superintendent submitted his resignation letter to the board on Thursday evening. The resignation will become effective on April 30.

    Because the resignation wasn’t listed on the meeting agenda, the board was unable to officially accept it on Thursday. The board will likely vote to accept the resignation during an upcoming meeting.

    “I think it is time for me to move on,” Cordova told the Optic on Friday morning.

  • Council hopefuls talk shop

    Three of five candidates seeking election to the Las Vegas City Council shared their thoughts on everything from the minimum wage to code enforcement in a public forum Wednesday evening at New Mexico Highlands University’s student center.

    As with Tuesday’s mayoral forum, this one was co-sponsored by ADELANTE and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. Candidates were provided a half hour each to introduce themselves and answer pre-screened questions from audience members.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 24, 2016
  • Editorial: Stop the petty bickering

    If the opening day of the legislative session is any indication, we’re in for a long 30 days and a whole lot of drama.

    Lawmakers convened in Santa Fe at noon Tuesday, and, shortly thereafter, listened to Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State address.

  • County supports protecting the Pecos

    As local elected officials, we love San Miguel County very much. We love our people, our communities, and our great outdoors. In fact, it is our protected lands and waters that make us a star on the map for locals and visitors alike.

    Our county has so much to offer when it comes to ways to enjoy our great outdoors. People come to hunt and fish in our amazing back country, mountain bike and ski on our well-known trails, or just take in the quiet of nature in our pristine national forests.

  • Just a thought: Will there be a day when I won’t give a darn?

    Recently at a wedding, my wife Tanya and I ran into an 80-plus year old man whom we hadn’t seen in several years. He was seated at a table. Standing up was a chore for him. Excited to see him, I stepped closer, leaned forward, and shook his hand. My wife stepped next to him to give him a hug. But a hug wasn’t good enough for him. He looked into her eyes and said, “Give me a kiss-on the lips!”

  • Another Perspective: Public safety is a priority this legislative session

    The fundamental duty of government — local, state or federal — is to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizens. To protect these rights, governments have an obligation to ensure our communities are safe for us to live, work and raise our families.

    Recently, we have heard report after report of violent crimes being committed by offenders who have turned the criminal justice system into a revolving carousel. As chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a practicing attorney, I am alarmed by a common theme connecting many recent tragedies.