Today's News

  • As It Is: Pollster targets our county

    In 2008, a pollster called me to ask about the presidential race. The first question: “Do you belong to a media organization?”

    I answered yes.

    The caller said, “Thank you very much,” and hung up.

    In other words, someone didn’t want the media finding out about the poll. It was likely a push poll, in which the caller asks questions with a bias — an example of a question on abortion: How do you feel about Barack Obama’s position in favor of killing babies?

  • Cowboys finish with a flourish

    As the top seed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, New Mexico Highlands will open the postseason against sixth-seeded Regis at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Kearney, Neb.

    The Cowboys, who’d clinched the top seed a week earlier, concluded the regular season Saturday at Metro State in Denver. The Roadrunners, incidentally, are the No. 4 seed in the RMAC and play No. 3 Mesa State at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the tourney’s opening game. Host Nebraska-Kearney is the No. 2 seed and tangles with No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo for a 7 p.m. nightcap.

  • Editorial: Sans the politics

    The Las Vegas City Council has authorized Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to negotiate the closure of a longstanding dispute over a Luna Community College natural gas bill.

    In mid-2007, the city discovered that it had incorrectly billed Luna for several years, and back-billed the college $122,000. That set off a series of attempts to resolve the matter and recover the money, and the accusations started to fly.

  • New policy on naming of buildings

    You’re a politician? Still in office? Then don’t expect to see your name on Highlands University buildings.

    Last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents voted on a naming policy for its buildings. The regents added two guidelines to the four that came out of the Academic Affairs committee.

    However, nothing in the guidelines prevents the name of a sitting regent being honored. 

    In reviewing the guidelines, Regent Pete Aguilar said the proposed policy doesn’t address whether an honoree must be living or dead.

  • County official says she lives here

    San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia says she doesn’t live in Sandoval County, as was indicated in an assessor’s document.

    Instead, she contends the document is a cut-and-paste job.

    Garcia, who is running for a second term, said her main home is on El Llano Road, which is north of Las Vegas and in her District 1 County Commission district.

  • Little League Results and Schedule

    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.

    Games are played weeknights at Rodriguez Park and Keyes Park, respectively. Schedule subject to change.


    La Plaza Minors Baseball: Marlins 8, Cubs 5

    La Plaza Majors Baseball: Athletics 14, Cubs 4

    Interleague Softball: La Plaza Marlins 15, Las Vegas Lady Longhorns 14; La Plaza Athletics 17, Las Vegas Lady Devils 7


  • Horsemen netters edge Robertson for district titles

    Miranda Garcia and Juliana Guerin have been an unstoppable combination this season in doubles tennis, and that held true over the weekend in the district tournament hosted by Robertson High.

    Garcia and Guerin toppled the St. Michael’s pair of Paloma Gomez and Nada Mohammed 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, to score the Lady Cardinals’ lone win in the girls’ team competition.

    The Lady Horsemen, a 5-1 victor in Saturday’s team final, and Robertson both advance to state this week in Albuquerque.

  • RHS district track champs

    For the first time in at least recent history, Robertson is a dual champion in District 2-3A track and field.

    The Cardinals, coached by Mike Boyle, and Lady Cardinals, coached by Benny Ortiz, earned that distinction Saturday at St. Michael’s, edging the home team for the titles.

    In the process, RHS gained several new individual qualifiers for the state meet, to be held Friday and Saturday at the UNM track complex.

  • Dons, Cards slide to 4th, 5th

    By now, the Meadow City’s high school baseball teams know who they’ll be matched up with in the first round of the state tournament AKA regional round.

    The seedings for Robertson and West Las Vegas arguably could have been dropped a bit by doubleheader defeats both sustained on the last weekend of the regular season.

    WLV lost 6-2 and 5-2 at Pojoaque. RHS fell 18-10 and 17-1 to Raton. Instead of either school grabbing second place in District 2-3A, the Dons and Cardinals landed in fourth and fifth behind St. Mike’s, Pojoaque and Raton.

  • Letter: Abreu was great for West district

    To the West Las Vegas School Board: Five and a half years ago we made a decision to move our family to New Mexico. We had fallen in love with the “original” Las Vegas and all of the benefits we felt it offered – history, local culture, educational opportunities, job potential, great weather, future friends, and a beautiful setting. We have been delighted with everything we have found here.