Today's News

  • All quiet on the Eastern front

    Eastern New Mexico midfielder Morgan Fairbanks scored the game’s only goal off an assist from forward Samantha Silvestre to lift the Zias to a 1-0 shutout of New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday in Portales.

    Mallory Bostic was credited with three shots, two of them on goal, but the ENMU defense limited Highlands to just three shots on goal for the match. Goalkeeper Karissa Stinson made stops on all three, including a Bostic attack with two minutes remaining.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - September 18, 2015

    • West Las Vegas at Capital, 7 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU women vs. Adams State, 4 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • NMHU vs. Western State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas (B) at Rio Rancho tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho
    • Pecos (A,B) at Raton, 5 p.m., Raton
    • Valley, Mora Middle School at Peñasco tournament, TBA, Peñasco

    Cross country
    • NMHU at West Texas A&M, 9 a.m., Canyon, Texas

  • Man sought for shooting at car

    Las Vegas police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old man who allegedly fired two shots from a rifle at a man who was trying to obtain his license plate number on Monday morning.

  • National recognition - Butterfly program expands

    A local program has caught the attention of national officials. Mission Fly Away program was recently received the National Pollinator Champion award in the education category from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. The program teaches middle school students the importance of Monarch butterflies

  • City spending on overtime is down

    City of Las Vegas employees are still putting in overtime, but the amount of overtime they worked last fiscal year is down significantly from the year before.

    And the trend appears to be continuing into this fiscal year.

    A city analysis of overtime payments to employees from fiscal year 2014 to present shows that the city paid $85,509 less in overtime last fiscal year, which ended on June 30, compared to the previous fiscal year. That represents a 15.4 percent drop in overtime spending.

  • Bear attack reported near Wagon Mound

    Submitted to the Optic

    RATON — Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are still searching for a bear that attacked a 60-year-old man from Missouri who was elk hunting Thursday afternoon west of Wagon Mound.

    The hunter climbed a tree to try to escape the attacking bear, but received bites to his foot through his boot when the bear climbed up after him. He was taken to the Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

  • Weather - Sept. 16, 2015


    HIGH 84° / LOW 55°
    Sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    6:44 a.m. to 7:07 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 52°
    Sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    6:45 a.m. to 7:05 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 16

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1965 — Five Highlands University tackles on the Cowboys football team weigh 1,340 pounds combined, average 268 pounds apiece and range from 245 to 290 pounds. They are Ronnie McCraig, 285; Mike Elkin, 290; Dwight Ferguson, 245; Bernie Gillespie, 265 and Permon Chavious, 255. They are coached by Bob Wolf.

  • Dental program gets kudos in newsletter

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The 2015 Luna Community College Dental Assisting class was recently recognized in the Dental Assisting National Board newsletter. Luna students were recognized for their New Mexico Mission of Mercy participation in October of 2014. New Mexico Mission of Mercy is a group of volunteers in the profession that provide service to individuals in need of dental work.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 16, 2015


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Scooby Doo Search for Scooby Snacks” by Robin Wasserman. All programs are free and open to the public.


    7 p.m.