Today's News

  • RHS tennis teams score key sweep vs. NMMI

    While their girls’ team counterparts were coasting to a 9-0 sweep, Robertson’s boys scored a confidence-boosting victory over New Mexico Military Institute in tennis action Wednesday in Las Vegas.

    NMMI’s boys, which beat Robertson the last time they played each other, are considered one of the main threats to win state in 1A-4A boys’ tennis. Thus, Wednesday’s 7-2 win was a nice coup for the host Cardinals.

  • College roundup: Carrica shows her power

    Erin Carrica muscled her way to two throwing event wins as part of a day in which New Mexico Highlands’ women corralled a half-dozen first-place medals overall at Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhound Open.

    Carrica won in both the shot put and discus, claiming her first collegiate wins. She is a senior from Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High.

    Another first-time winner Saturday was Tamia McLean, who raced to victory in the 800.

  • Heavy medals: Locals rake in hardware at WLV track meet

    Angelica Montoya, Savannah Sena, Arjay Ortiz and Tonati Aparicio-Blythe of Robertson and Miguel Coca of West Las Vegas all won multiple first-place medals in this past Saturday’s West Las Vegas Invitational at the Herrera Complex.

    The Lady Dons’ overall team efforts — highlighted by Cameron Sandoval’s win in the long jump — were enough to secure second place in the girls’ team standings. The Dons placed third on the boys’ side.


  • Villanova joining basketball elite

    The Associated Press

    VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball’s royalty.

    They are the bluebloods of basketball — where deep NCAA Tournament runs are the norm, NBA prospects play, hardwood rules the sports landscape and an air of superiority reigns in programs rich in tradition and with alumni rich enough to help fund state-of-the-art practice facilities or arenas.

  • LV snowboarder seeks gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    Dennis Duran, 26, from Las Vegas, has been invited to attend the BoarderCross and Giant Slalom national competition starting this weekend at Copper Mountain, Colo.

    The competition, which runs from March 31 to April 6, is sponsored by the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association. BoarderCross is a snowboarding race in which four athletes simultaneously race to the bottom of the mountain through a gated course with rollers and turns.

  • No charges, suspects in 'sealed' Jan. 21 homicide

    As more violence took place this week near the scene of a January homicide, there continue to have been no arrests and no named suspects in the original case.

    Las Vegas Deputy Chief Ken Jenkins said he received a report that on Sunday evening, shots were fired in the area near New Mexico Avenue and Colonias Street. No injuries were reported.

  • Las Vegas, other fire departments busy

    The Las Vegas Fire Department and other agencies have been busy lately — and it's not even the warm, dry part of the spring yet. 

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Billy Montoya said his department responded to a March 17 call for a fire that was close to destroying four structures. He said all of the structures were saved.

  • Correction

    In a Page A1 story in the Friday, March 16 issue of the Optic, regarding Severiano K. Sisneros III, a 2006 DWI case was incorrectly associated with Sisnerors.

    The case did not involve him.

    The Optic apologizes for the error.

  • City Schools administrator placed on leave

    Nearly every question asked by the Optic this week about a school personnel decision was met with the same response: “I have no comment.”

    This occurred after the Optic was notified last week that Michael P. Lovato, Las Vegas City Schools associate superintendent, director of instruction, and Robertson High School interim principal, was placed on administrative leave

    Lovato, one of a few officials reached, said he didn’t want to comment until he heard further from the district.

  • Suits could affect N.M. House races

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawsuits have been filed that seek to disqualify at least three Republican candidates and two Democrats from running for the New Mexico House of Representatives, according to court documents released Monday.

    The lawsuits in state district courts could eliminate competition in three House races between Republicans and Democrats, as well as two primaries in Democrat-dominated districts.