Today's News

  • Sunday hoops camp stars Bustos

    Sunday is the day for the Elite Basketball Camp for area boys and girls.

    West Las Vegas grad Vera Jo Bustos, who went on to set a school scoring record and All-American acclaim at Adams State before playing professionally in Greece, is heading the camp alongside Robertson girls’ coach Leroy Barela. Bustos is now an assistant with the UNM women’s program.

    Camp for elementary students runs from 9 a.m. to noon; for middle schoolers it’s 1 to 5 p.m. at Mike Marr Gym. The cost is $40 per player.

  • Go Fish - June 11, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Russ Schuler of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch walleye June 2. He was using a shad colored wally diver with a night crawler trailer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 11, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Voodoo, TBA, Albuquerque

    • Las Vegas Little League minors division playoff games, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park


  • Skandera to resign June 20

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is stepping down after seven years on the job.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports Skandera’s tenure will end June 20.

    Gov. Susana Martinez has not named a new secretary of education, but Skandera said she is confident her successor will continue her push for reforms.

  • For the future - Alumni couple makes $350,000 donation to NMHU Media Arts

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    When Joe and Martha McCaffrey attended New Mexico Highlands University as students, there was no media arts center at the school.

    “Nobody even knew what media arts was, back then,” Joe McCaffrey said. “My degree is in physics.”

  • Mora district employees reinstated

    Mora Schools has rehired three former employees for the remainder of this school year. In a statement sent to the Optic Wednesday afternoon, school officials announced that Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas have been reinstated at the district.

    The three educators, through the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico filed a grievance against the district, claiming they were wrongfully terminated last summer.

  • Balderas going after Dollar General

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The discount chain Dollar General is being accused by the attorney general of New Mexico of false advertising and unfair trade practices for selling what he describes as obsolete motor oil.

    A lawsuit filed Monday in state district court in Santa Fe follows numerous other legal complaints levied against the company in recent years over the sale of the motor oil to customers in Texas, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

  • In Brief - News - June 9, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Pay-to-play scam: settlement reached  
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says a district court judge has approved settlements that allow the state to recover $24.5 million in connection with politically influenced investment deals.

    The Attorney General’s Office confirmed Thursday approval of the settlement with Vanderbilt Capital Advisers and Austin Capital Management. Judge Louis McDonald dismissed rival claims on behalf of the state by former state pension fund officer Frank Foy.

  • Wrapping up Longmire
  • New alums