Today's News

  • Kurui 5th in Border Classic

    New Mexico Highlands University began its cross country season with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Border Classic hosted by Fort Hays State in Kansas.

    Highlands’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado State-Pueblo swept men’s and women’s titles in the meet.

    Collins Kurui paced the NMHU effort and ran fifth in the men’s race, finishing within 16 seconds of the winner.

    Meanwhile, several area high school teams competed in the UNM Lobo Invite in Albuquerque.

  • Little Dons Cheer Camp this week

    Little Dons Cheer Camp is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7, and is open to youngsters kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. at Armijo Elementary. Camp runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and continues through Thursday, also from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Campers will perform for the home game of the West Las Vegas High School Dons on Friday, Sept. 9, when they play Portales.

    Fee is $30 for the camp.

    Please contact Isabel at 429-1737 for more information.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 7, 2016

    • West Las Vegas girls JV vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Pecos (A,B), at Jemez Valley, 5 p.m., Jemez

    Cross country
    • NMHU at Texas Tech Open, 8 a.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • NMHU women at West Texas A&M, 4:30 p.m.,Canyon, Texas
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Cards, Dons stay unbeaten on gridiron

    Robertson and West Las Vegas both improved to 2-0 Friday night, winning decisively over Cobre and Grants, respectively. 

    In Bayard, the No. 1 ranked Cardinals got out to a 22-0 halftime lead and held on for a 36-16 win. Kickoff was delayed about a half hour by weather, but RHS quickly got to work once the officials gave the all clear.

    Back in Las Vegas, the Dons kicked off their home slate by prevailing in a turnover-plagued game with the 5A Pirates by a 45-30 score. West led by as much as 25 and got 192 rushing yards and three TDs from Darion Williams.

  • Nightmare for some Vegas homeowners

    Reynaldo Maestas didn’t realize there was a problem with the title to his home until a neighbor casually mentioned it to him in February of 2015.

    “My neighbor who was the caretaker for my place, he alerted me to it,” Maestas said Friday. “He said, ‘Hey, do you know we don’t have clear title to our houses?”

    “I said, ‘No. It can’t be. I have a title policy. I’ve been paying on the house,” Maestas recalled.

    That’s when Maestas’ nightmare began.

  • Under Siege - Police: Bomb threats imperiling public safety

    Las Vegas police descended on Alta Vista Regional Hospital on Tuesday, blocked off Legion Drive, placed two nearby elementary schools on lock-down and proceeded to search the hospital after an unidentified man called and reported that there was a bomb inside the building.

    No bomb was found, and hospital workers were advised to go about their business as police promptly reopened the road. Las Vegas firefighters have also been responding.

  • Another Perspective: Alta Vista responds to threats

    By Chris Wolf

    In recent months seven bomb threats and two active shooter threats were called in to our hospital anonymously by an individual or individuals using software to block their telephone number.

    A story in today’s paper provides additional details shared by law enforcement about the response to these situations and efforts to identify the person or persons responsible. In addition, I want to share with you the impact this is having on Alta Vista Regional Hospital and the efforts we are taking to protect the safety of our staff and patients.

  • FBI publishes notes on Clinton’s emails

    By Michael Biesecker and Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton relied on the judgments of her staff and others not to illegally send emails containing classified information to her private email server, and told FBI investigators she was unclear about a classification marking on official government documents.

  • Family of missing man devastated

    Jose “Whisper” Lucero has been missing since early July and authorities are now asking for the public’s help in locating the 21-year-old.

    Lucero was last seen in the Bernal area wearing blue jeans and a gray tank top. The five-foot-seven-inch Lucero has hazel eyes and weighs 145 pounds. He has a tattoo on the left side of his neck, which reads “Whisper.”

    The Las Vegas Police Department announced last week that Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any information on Lucero’s whereabouts.

  • Vegas couple recognized by writer’s group

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named a Las Vegas couple’s anthology as one of its Star Projects for 2016.

    Las Vegas residents Corie and Sean Weaver edit and publish the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, a collection of 24 science- fiction short stories for middle grade readers.