Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Election criteria

    Maybe it’s all the forums. I listened to bits and pieces of the radio station forums for the council and mayoral candidates. I attended the Community Water Board forums. Now I’m in the middle of moderating the Optic’s candidate forums. And next week I plan to attend the two business-specific mayoral forums being sponsored by the Las Vegas Independent Business Alliance.

  • HU scares nationally ranked Metro

    Three points. Four points.

    That’s all that separated New Mexico Highlands from nationally ranked Metro State (women and men, respectively) on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Upsets would’ve been just what the doctor ordered for Highlands teams fighting for their playoff lives as the regular season winds down.

  • East-West sequel more sedate

    This time, all the drama was in the actual basketball.

    Robertson rolled past West Las Vegas 82-65 on Thursday at Mike Marr Gym, and unlike the crosstown rivals’ first meeting, this contest remained civil throughout.

    After a close first half, the Cardinals broke the game open after intermission, using a run of 17 uninterrupted points to put things out of reach.

  • Mora, RHS top districts

    The Mora Rangers clinched the District 2-2A regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament on Saturday by beating Peñasco 84-64 at Montoya Gym in Mora.

    Mora, which got 33 points from Tim Romero, improved to 23-3 overall and 7-1 in district.

    Coach James Branch and his team join the Robertson Lady Cardinals and their mentor Rick Armijo and the Wagon Mound Trojans and coach Bobby Clouthier as area teams who have claimed outright district championships in recent days.

  • Wrestlers Montoya, Crespin take state

    Freshman Rico Montoya now has two individual state wrestling championships to his credit, and he still has three years left to compete for the Robertson Cardinals.

    Montoya was one of two local grapplers — the other was fellow Cardinal Joe Crespin — to bring home state titles from this past weekend’s state tournaments at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. In Saturday’s 120-pound final, he took a 6-1 decision over Anthony Bernal of eventual team champ St. Michael’s.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 20, 2012

    • District tournaments, TBA
    • District 2-3A playoff: Robertson boys vs. Taos, TBA, Santa Fe (SFIS)
    • District 2-2A playoff: Mora girls vs. Peñasco, TBA

    • District tournaments, TBA
    • LCC vs. Otero JC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    • District tournaments, TBA

  • City axes chamber contract

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce suffered a stunning rebuke from the City Council which voted unanimously on Wednesday night to terminate its contract with the embattled organization.

  • Charter challenge to move ahead

    City Manager Timothy Dodge plans to move forward with the challenge to the new city charter, but he’ll wait until after the election to do it, he announced late Wednesday.

    “As the city manager and the city attorney, we do have a responsibility to act and protect the assets of the organization,” Dodge said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “I think that’s one of our first duties.”

    The new charter takes effect 10 days after the election.

  • A life-saving gift

    While many Las Vegas residents celebrated Valentine’s Day with flowers and chocolates, Manuel Armijo and his mother, Patricia Sanchez, were in a hospital 650 miles away giving thanks for the early Valentine’s gift they received.

    Armijo, a 23-year old from Las Vegas who likes to go to the movies, hang out with friends and work out, has been in and out of the hospital since August. Doctors determined that he needed a heart transplant to survive.