Today's News

  • Highlands football: Jackson reaps RMAC honor

    NMHU Sports Information Dept.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Terrence Jackson Jr. is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.

    Jackson is one of six major award winners named by the RMAC for the 2017 football season. Jackson was a standout in the Cowboy defensive backfield throughout the 2017 schedule. The native of New Orleans was among the top five in the RMAC in passes defended this fall with two interceptions and 12 passes broken up.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 17, 2017


    We should expect large crowds every time Nex Mexco college teams play in the Pit on Saturday when Highlands University’s Cowboys take on Western New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico. 

    What made the game closer to home for Las Vegans is the probability that our own D.J. Bustos, the record-setting point-scorer for the West Las Vegas Dons, started both games and played more than 20 minutes in each.

  • New Mexico’s diversity is in its landscape, too

    Perhaps you know that New Mexico is one of only five states that don’t have a white majority. Hispanics combined with Native Americans outnumber the Anglos here. 


    But racial and/or cultural diversity isn’t the only thing that provides a spice to life in these parts. Physical resources have added greatly to the mix.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

  • County hears about various road repair needs

    A summer of adequate rainfall is a welcome notion to most of us, and especially to farmers.

  • Council hears from recall leader

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

  • Phil Griego's trial headed for closing arguments

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Attorneys are preparing for closing arguments in the high-stakes corruption trial of former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego, who lives in San José.

  • MainStreet momentum?

    Even though the group effort of Las Vegas and its supporters in winning a national online contest, MainStreet de Las Vegas doesn’t want to rest on its laurels. There are more projects and priorities ahead.

  • Optic staff take home top honors

    The Las Vegas Optic staff and former staff took home several important awards at the New Mexico Press Associationn’s 109th annual convention’s Better Newspaper Awards, announced Saturday at a banquet held at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort.

    This year, New Mexico’s submissions were judged by member papers of the Arizona Press Association.

  • The Nation In Brief, Nov. 15, 2017

    At least 4 killed in Florida shooting

    TAMPA, Fla. — Police searched a cordoned-off Florida neighborhood Tuesday after a fourth person was shot dead, possibly by a serial killer.

    Tampa police say residents of the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood reported hearing shots just before 5 a.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found the body of Ronald Felton, 60, in the street. They say Felton had been walking across the street to meet someone when the gunman came up behind him and fired.