Today's News

  • 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.

  • Get state to honor compact

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Rio Grande Sun. ESPANOLA — Where’s Lonesome Dave Cargo when you need him? The late former New Mexico governor always had the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad’s back when it came to dealing with pinheads in Santa Fe.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wedenesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

  • You can help MainStreet win national contest

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Normally, citizens of a city trying to win a national championship must root for one person or a team the bring it home.

    In the case of a nationwide social media contest involving MainStreet de Las Vegas, however, you can play a direct role in helping the Meadow City bring home a $150,000 grant to be used on improving the E. Romero Hose & Fire Co. Building as it becomes a museum.

  • Legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong to perform at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong first rose to worldwide popularity and critical acclaim in the 1970s. That was seven films, six gold comedy albums, one Grammy Award and many other accolades ago.

    The legendary comedy duo will perform Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in New Mexico Highlands’ Wilson Complex, 1241 9th St. It’s the first time the pair have ever performed in Las Vegas.

  • Mora County officials work to resolve water outage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Dozens of Mora County residents, if not more, were without water over the past week after some problems arose with a local well.

    Mora County Commission Chairwoman Paula Garcia said this week volunteers and others were working to bring emergency water supplies to residents in the Buena Vista area, where a well had not been pumping water since about Sept. 14.