Today's News

  • Another Perspective: New Arizona law strikes a chord

    As a student at Robertson High School, I learned a lesson from Ms. Florence Hernandez (my literature teacher) that has been especially poignant through my 15-year journalism career.

    It was Ms. Hernandez’ theory that the more languages a person knows, the more valuable they are. Following that lesson, I felt pretty puffed full of pride to know that as an English and Spanish speaker I was worth two people according to her theory. That is until one of my classmates proclaimed they spoke English, Spanish and French.

  • Letter: The tragic loss of a good man

    I am writing this letter to let everyone know exactly who Benito Lemos was. He was going to be my son in-law this summer, but I can honestly say that he was more like a son than a son in-law.

    He was an awesome person and kind to everyone he knew. Yes, he was a big guy but he had the biggest heart you’ll ever find. Anytime I needed him. he was there for me, no matter what. He had a great sense of humor, a great personality, and a smile that would light up a room.  

  • Ex-officer sues city over his firing

    A former Las Vegas officer has sued the city of Las Vegas and its chief of police for allegedly violating his rights to family leave.

    Michael Padilla, who was fired last May, claims the city harassed him while he was taking leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. He was taking the leave to help his wife, who had undergone surgery and was recovering.

    An attorney for the city said the lawsuit doesn’t provide any details to support Padilla’s allegations.

  • Big meet at UNM

    The last finish line of the season awaits.

    More than four dozen local athletes will represent Las Vegas in the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at the University of New Mexico track complex in Albuquerque.

    They are:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (10.47 seconds, fastest time to date among 3A boys); 200 (22.43); 400 (51.76); long jump (a state-leading 21-7); and javelin (158-2, longest to date);

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Cowboy sluggers one win away; state titles for locals in tennis, track

    Cowboy sluggers one win away

    As of Friday evening, the New Mexico Highlands baseball team finds itself one win away from a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament championship.

    The Cowboys edged tourney host Nebraska-Kearney 6-4 Friday. Designated hitter Brad Morgan went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Jason Carr hit a solo home run. Trent Evins picked up the win, scattering 10 hits over seven innings, and Tyler Shaddy the save.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.


    La Plaza minors baseball: Yankees 6, Cubs 5

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees 12, Cubs 2


    La Plaza majors baseball: A’s 14, Rockies 2

    Interleague softball: La Plaza Marlins 18, Las Vegas Stars 17; La Plaza A’s 13, Las Vegas Psychlones 12


    La Plaza minors baseball: Marlins 11, Yankees 10

  • Cowboys honored by league

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball fans got two lots of good news Wednesday.

    1. NMHU’s Steve Jones, Jason Carr and Drew Vassil were named coach of the year, player of the year and pitcher of the year, respectively, in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    2. Led by homers from Carr, Danny Brown and Christian Garcia, the Cowboys trampled Regis 18-4 in the opening round of the RMAC tourney in Kearney, Neb.

  • Publisher's Note: No more online comments

    A little more than a month ago, I wrote a column in which I criticized and defended our online comments feature, all in the same space. I was hoping that if I encouraged a more civil tone and told readers how to police the comments themselves, we could raise the discussion to a more responsible level.

    I was wrong.

  • Above and Beyond: Family's tattered flag means a lot

    Some Las Vegans wanted a wind-beaten, sun-bleached, tattered flag taken down. They didn’t like to see the Stars and Stripes in such shape.

    But the tattered old flag had been flying over Sgt. 1st Class Gilbert Martinez’s house since the day he headed off to war in the Iraqi desert.

    That was a year ago.

    “The day he left we hoisted the U.S. flag. We had yellow ribbons all around the house and vowed we would only take the flag down when Gilbert returned home,” said family member Jodie Rael.

    And they did exactly that.

  • County to Kilmer: Show up

    The San Miguel County Commission wants actor Val Kilmer to explain himself — in person.

    The commission is considering a proposed lodging business on the “Batman” star’s ranch near Rowe.

    Kilmer’s neighbors have complained about his comments to national magazines, which they see as degrading toward northern New Mexico’s Hispanics and veterans.