Today's News

  • Honor roll for NMHU tracksters

    Proving her prowess is not limited to the track, New Mexico Highlands University’s Jillisa Grant led a strong spring for the Cowgirl track and field team in the classroom as well.

    Six Highlands athletes earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic honors, with Grant being named to the league’s All-Academic First Team. A junior from Spanish Town, Jamaica, she has a 3.81 grade point average in exercise and sport science.

  • All-state team has four locals

    There’s good news for local high school softball teams — and bad news for the rest of the state.

    First, the good news. Four Meadow City players earned spots on the Class 3A all-state team just released by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Three West Las Vegas Lady Dons — Gabriella Griego, Larrissa Gallegos and Mariquita Zamora — and Robertson’s Ashley Jaramillo were recognized on the all-state squad.

  • Mavs rally for OT win

    By Jeff Latzke
    AP Sports Writer

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Trailing by 15 points with only 5 minutes to play in one of the NBA’s rowdiest arenas, the Dallas Mavericks were just wishing and hoping for the best.

    Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd delivered, and the Mavs suddenly find themselves only one win away from the NBA finals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 25, 2011

    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • Little League - May 25, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    WEDNESDAY, May 18
    La Plaza Majors: Rockies 13, Marlins 11
    La Plaza Minors: Dodgers 5, Giants 2
    Juniors baseball: La Plaza A 38, Mora 2

    THURSDAY, May 19
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 9, Angels 9
    La Plaza Minors: Red Sox 6, Marlins 1
    Juniors baseball: La Plaza B 18, Mora  5
    LVLL Minors: Rockies-Cardinals; Padres-D-backs; Cubs-Dodgers; Red-Sox-Mariners, no reports

  • State: Trench lacked shoring

    The state agency investigating Wednesday’s accident that left two city workers dead says required safety equipment wasn’t installed on the trench that collapsed, and the city will be issued a citation.

  • Happy Grads


  • Former mayor, sheriff dies

    George Arellanes, a former city of Las Vegas mayor and San Miguel County sheriff, known for being a hard worker and helping people in need, died Wednesday. He was 87.

    His son Arnell David Arellanes said he died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep.

    Arellanes was mayor of Las Vegas from 1972 to 1974.  The city’s municipal complex was named after him in 2005.

    “He was a Republican mayor,” his son said. “He was very open. It wasn’t so much about political party as it was about helping the people of Las Vegas.”

  • Recycling center closed Saturdays

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is now closed on Saturdays.

    “We simply don’t have the manpower to staff the recycling center on the weekends,” said Ira Harge, the university’s part-time recycling coordinator. “If we can get volunteers to help at the center on Saturdays we will gladly reopen that day.”

    The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • State police make DWI arrests

    State police have made several drunken driving arrests in recent weeks, including one man booked on a sixth DWI after wrecking his truck, another man charged with a fourth DWI after being stopped at a checkpoint and a third man who had a child with him when he was taken into custody.