Today's News

  • Noticias - April 30, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth St. For more information, call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of NM Office at 505-292-7414.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • All in the Vigil family

    Robert Vigil, the former state treasurer and convicted felon, played the media card recently. When the Albuquerque Journal’s Thomas Cole wrote an article about how he’s transferred his old campaign funds to his brother’s and his wife’s campaigns, Vigil brushed it aside, saying what he did is perfectly legal and that the Journal was just trying to sell papers.

    Of course, he didn’t say anything about ethics, but no one would expect that. After all, it was the law, not ethics, that was his undoing.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 30, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A psychological impact

    In the afterglow of a successful President’s Gala at Highlands University, I can’t help but wonder what will come of it.

    The most obvious results are that more than $100,000 was raised to help Highlands students pay for their educations, and support for President Jim Fries was celebrated, and solidified, as never before.

    But I think the gala’s success was more than that.

    For Highlands and Las Vegas alike, I think the gala was a psychological boost, in a manner that’s unprecedented at least in recent years.

  • Lady Dons district softball champs

    Completing an unbeaten run through the District 2-3A schedule, the West Las Vegas softball team routed host Taos 18-0 and 20-1 on Saturday as the regular season came to a close on the road.

    The Lady Dons are 21-5 overall and 9-0 in district.

  • Cowboys now alone in second

    On Fan Appreciation Weekend,  the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team gave its supporters something to cheer for, taking sole possession of second place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    The Cowboys (32-12 overall, 25-10 RMAC going into Sunday) won their first three games against league opponent Nebraska-Kearney, putting some distance between themselves and third-place Colorado State-Pueblo, which lost three in a row against Colorado Mesa and fell to 25-20, 22-13.

  • Games over

    Dominic Yara and the Robertson defense held on in the final inning Saturday afternoon, clinching a 4-3 win over Raton in the final game of the regular season at Whorton Field.

    The game gave the host Cardinals a split with the district champ Tigers, who won the opener 13-7.

    Across town, a quick-hitting Raton softball team swept Robertson 16-7 and 11-5.

    West Las Vegas was out of town Saturday, playing at Taos in both baseball and softball to wrap up the regular season.

    The Lady Dons softball squad had already sewn up the district title.

  • District champs

    Robertson High earned district tennis championships in both boys’ and girls’ team categories Saturday in Taos. And they swept the girls’ individual titles and had runner-up finishes in the boys’ individual brackets.

    All in all, not a bad haul of hardware for first-year head coach Roman Fulgenzi.

    “It’s just kind of a little confidence booster going into state,” Fulgenzi said Saturday evening. “We’re putting the pieces together. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 30, 2012

    • District tournaments, TBA

    • Class 2A state tournament first-round games, TBA, campus sites
    • Class 1A-3A state tournament: girls’ singles first round, 6:30 p.m.; boys’ singles first round, 7:30 p.m.; girls’ doubles first round, 3:30 p.m.; boys’ doubles first round, 5 p.m.; Jerry Cline Complex, Albuquerque

  • Cop fight caught on tape

    Incident reports and an audio recording released by state police Tuesday could spell trouble for Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza, who has been accused of trying to let an acquaintance walk earlier this month after being arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

    The DWI arrest sparked a heated quarrel between Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham on the evening of April 7, and part of that exchange, which involved yelling, threats and the sheriff saying, “I can do what I want,” was recorded by another deputy on his iPhone.