Today's News

  • Measure gets hearing

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

    Bingaman and fellow New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall introduced the legislation.

  • The big 100
  • Wid Slick, MainStreet group to be recognized

    Submitted to the Optic

    Friday the 13th is a lucky day for 19 individuals and organizations who will receive Heritage Preservation Awards from the state Cultural Properties Review Committee in Santa Fe.
    The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, of the Department of Cultural Affairs today released the 2011 award winners.

  • Que Pasa - May 13, 2011

    • Spay/Neuter/Shot Clinic, Friday, May 13, at the West Las Vegas Middle School Gym.  In addition to previously scheduled spay/neuter appointments, the public is encouraged to come in starting at noon for shots, microchipping, and deworming. Volunteers are needed for all shifts — 7 a.m.  to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment for a spay or neuter, call 505-983-4309 x129.  For additional questions, call 305-479-3618.


  • Noticias - May 13, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@ lasvegasoptic.com

  • Memorial and drive-in open Saturday

    The water-logged images washed into our minds and refuse to recede. Jagged-hulled boats grounded upon a sea of mud and death. A shaggy dog hobbling through soaked slats of wood, the remnants of a hundred, a thousand homes.

    Women, men, wailing at the edge of a placid sea, the sea that stole their family, their history. The Japanese tsunami took the lives and possessions of more than ten thousand people, and the world opened its heart and hands to help.

  • Cowgirls third in RMAC

    Jillisa Grant’s day-three heroics helped elevate her team and drew the respect of those in attendance at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Golden, Colo.

    Grant, a junior from Spanish Town, Jamaica, earned Athlete of the Meet honors, and she shared Athlete of the Year kudos with Adams State College’s Indira Spence.

  • This is it
  • Lady Card golfers back in top 3

    Further cementing their reputation as one of the better programs in the state, the Robertson High girls’ golf team placed third in the Class A-3A state tournament held Monday and Tuesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

    It’s the third top-three finish for the Lady Cardinals in four seasons. Head coach Gene Gurule guided a young Robertson to a fifth-place outcome in 2010.

    Joedy Quintana led the Lady Cards’ two-day effort, tying for 12th individually.

  • NMHU rodeo ropes in regional title

    The New Mexico Highlands University women’s rodeo team brought home a Grand Canyon Regional Championship from Las Cruces’ Doña Ana County Events Center.

    Highlands placed in several events.

    “I am very proud of these athletes,” said interim head coach Curtis Jones. “With all the adversity that came there way, they kept their heads and came out ahead.”

    The team title entitles the Cowgirls to attend the College National Finals Rodeo on June 12-18 in Casper, Wyo.