Today's News

  • Coach hailed for helping grow youth wrestling

    David Luna first got into wrestling — he admits — because he wanted to belong, and he wasn’t big enough to play certain other sports.

    But he stayed with the sport because he liked the discipline it taught him, and he enjoyed the comraderie, the bond he developed with other wrestlers, friend or foe.

  • District 2-4A tourney: RHS boys pull away at West after tough battle

    On the far southwest corner of the basketball court at Gillie Lopez, in the narrow space of hardwood designating the right wing, is a piece of real estate that John Balizan knows as his happy place.

    The West Las Vegas sophomore has hit several huge shots from that particular spot, winning games or sending them into overtime.

    But as time ran out in Wednesday night’s District 2-4A boys’ quarterfinal between West and crosstown rival Robertson, Balizan slapped that area of floor in frustration.


  • Council: City receives Bradner Dam green-lights

    Amid the many items approved as part of a consent agenda package at Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council meeting, the city received some good news from the state level.

    The city received its notice of obligation for work at Bradner Dam as part of a $10 million legislative appropriation. That means the city is locked in and can begin work at the dam, located northwest of Las Vegas.

    The news comes just as crews are beginning work at the dam, according to Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry.

  • Tuesday night hoops: Loss puts Cowboy playoff hopes in jeopardy

    The Highlands Cowboys' hopes of reaching the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men's basketball playoffs took a hard hit Tuesday night in a 100-89 loss to visiting Western State (Colo.).

    Highlands and WSC entered the game tied for the eighth and final spot in the postseason tournament, but the Mountaineers now enjoy a one-game edge with only one game left in the regular season. That makes Saturday's home finale vs. Colorado Mesa a must-win for the Cowboys (14-13, 9-12) and coach Craig Snow.

  • Active shooter concerns

    By Jordan Ortega, Special to the Optic

    Active-shooter dangers on campuses are a reality that college students have to face. Students at New Mexico Highlands University are well aware of the danger of many scenarios.

    Last week’s massacre at a Florida high school reminded educators, students and those who work to maintain a safe campus about the dangers of active shooters and other forms of localized terrorism.

    However, they also try to put their fears into perspective.

  • Visitors from the sky

    Theresa Wesner photo
    Bridgette Baca holds up 2-year-old Nathanael Muñoz so he can see into one of the small planes that arrived at Las Vegas Municipal Airport on Saturday afternoon.

    The Route 66 Air Tour celebrated history as its pilots began in Tucumcari, then headed to Moriarty before spending Saturday afternoon and night in Las Vegas.

    They then headed to Grants and Winslow, Ariz.

  • Reading group to focus on social mobility

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    An upcoming reading group at Highlands University will focus on social mobility in the U.S.

    The reading group, led by Highlands professor Rebecca Álvarez, is the latest reading group program sponsored by the Donnelly Library. The three books in this spring’s reading group are Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance; Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones; and Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.

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  • Unique string duo headed to Las Vegas

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Two classically trained musicians who blend Western art music with hip hop beats will perform at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday, March 2.

    Musicians Wil B. and Kev Marcus form Black Violin, which creates a distinctive multigenre sound that is often described as “classical boom.”
    Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.

  • More naive visitors’ impressions of New York

    We’re back from a week-plus trip to New York City, where Bonnie and I met the Danish part of our family, Stan and Lisbeth, and their two daughters.

    So much happened on this trip, our first venture into the Big Apple, I probably have enough copy for at least one more column. Next week, I plan to write about the languages we were exposed to.


    The natives