Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news`

    THUMBS DOWN! STILL BURNING ... Last week in this space we decried the wildfires burning in Arizona, Colorado and here in New Mexico, then, the next day, another one broke out even closer to home. The Pacheco Canyon fire just north of Santa Fe — and not too many miles west of Las Vegas — spread quickly, billowing smoke across the Santa Fe National Forest. By Monday morning, you could smell it in the Las Vegas air.

  • Nuestra Historia - Placitas grew with Las Vegas

    Soon after its founding in 1835, other settlements flourished around Las Vegas, the earliest of these along the Gallinas River south and east of our town.

    These placitas were self-sustaining villages and hamlets, whose early settlers farmed and ranched, many irrigating off the Gallinas River. Most had their own church and cemetery, many of which still exist, and several boasted a general store and, in later years, a post office.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Great Depression, traditions and culture

    “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.”
    — G. K. Chesterton

    The stock market crashed on Oct. 29, 1929. This day became known as Black Tuesday. Wall Street executives and bankers were jumping to their deaths as the masses were being stripped of their savings.

  • Editorial Roundup

    Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald on that state’s water law (June 18) — Colorado water law is well known for being idiosyncratic. Who can use what water, and when, confounds even the most experienced attorneys, sometimes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 24, 2011
  • Pueblo to host NCAAs

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    The National Collegiate Athletics Association has selected Colorado State University-Pueblo as the host site for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The events will take place May 24-26, 2012, and May 23-25, 2013, at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.

  • Red Sox, Lady Devils back in LVLL finals

    Avoiding the short end of the 10-run rule that has claimed so many other opponents of the Red Sox this season, the Mets put up a good fight Wednesday night in Las Vegas Little League Majors Division semifinal action at Keyes Park.

    The top-seeded Red Sox won 9-4, advancing to Saturday morning’s championship game. They’ll play the winner of a Friday evening semifinal between the Cardinals and Yankees.

    Richard Armijo, D.J. Abreu and Jeremy Fernandez scored in each of the first two innings Wednesday to lead the Sox to a 9-0 advantage.

  • Several locals brave triathlon

    Several Las Vegans and others with strong ties to the area were among the competitors in this past weekend’s Storrie Lake Triathlon.

    The event, which returned after a four-year absence, began with a swim of nearly 1 mile in the lake, followed by a 24-mile cycling segment to Sapello and back and then a 6-mile run from the lake through the Porkchop Hill area.

    Clay Moseley of Los Alamos was the overall winner, finishing in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 24 seconds.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 24, 2011

    • Las Vegas Little League Majors tournament semifinal: Cardinals vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Little League tournament final: Lady Devils vs. Stars, 7:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League games, TBA, city complex

    • Las Vegas Little League Majors tournament final: Red Sox vs. Friday’s winner, 10 a.m., Keyes Park

  • FYI - Sports

    The City of Las Vegas is holding a family golf camp for the community during the month of July.

    The camp is designed for parents and their children to get out on the range and enjoy the game of golf. Sessions will cover fundamentals, use of irons and drivers, putting, chipping and full swing.

    Sessions are scheduled for July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27. Each session will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Camp cost is $65 for two; $15 each additional person.

    Children are not required to have their own clubs to participate.