Today's News

  • There's a severe shortage of mental health professionals

    This editorial was recently published in the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News.

    There is a national shortage of mental health professionals, and it’s being felt locally. Southeastern North Carolina and many other parts of the U.S. are seeing a shortage of all mental health providers.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

  • Suspicious vehicle call leads to drug bust at Walmart

    A Las Vegas man was arrested Sunday night after drugs were found in a vehicle and on his person.

    Randolph P. Valdez, 32, of the 3000 block of Ernest Road, was arrested at about 11:55 Sunday night while in possession of what Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño described as a large quantity of narcotics. 

    Police were called to Walmart at about 11:53 p.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police located the car —a black Cadliac passenger vehicle — and found two people waiting inside the vehicle.

  • College roundup: Plans go awry at RMAC meet

    New Mexico Highlands’ men finished 11th and the women 13th in this past Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships in Chadron, Neb.
    Kennedy Kipkogei (42nd, 27:02) and Natalia Marrujo (47th, 23:58) paced the Cowboys and Cowgirls, respectively. Collins Kurui was 50th and finished less than two seconds behind Kipkogei on the men's side.

  • Football: Dons stay unbeaten in 2-4A

    In a marquee football clash pitting the top two teams in Class 4A against each other, No. 1 Robertson led visiting No. 2 St. Michaels most of the night but wound up losing 33-27.

    Across town, West Las Vegas got out to an early lead and held on, despite Taos tying the game twice. The Dons won 35-27, matching the Horsemen with a 4-0 district record.

    The Cardinals (7-1, 3-1) and Dons (6-2, 4-0) meet for Vegas Bowl 57 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium; kickoff is 2 p.m.

  • Volleyball: Straight-set dominance for RHS over Lady Dons

    Robertson completed a regular-season sweep of West Las Vegas on Saturday night with a 25-7, 25-11, 25-12 win at Mike Marr Gym.

    The evening was most noteworthy for the RHS recognition of — and the LVCS school district’s ongoing fundraising effort for — some local community members battling cancer.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Oct. 25-28

    • No varsity sporting events scheduled

    • NMHU women vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 11 a.m., Eco Park, Taos
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Pecos (A,B) at Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Cross country
    • District 2-4A championships, 3 p.m., Santa Fe

  • RHS girls' XC third in Grants

    Makayla Quintana’s third-place individual race sparked a third-place team outcome for Robertson’s girls in the Grants meet on Saturday.

    The Lady Cardinals (102 team points) finished behind Cottonwood Classical (75) and Miyamura (95) but managed to outperform a good Zuni outfit (122) in an 18-school meet.

    Robertson’s boys placed sixth with 153 points. Zuni was first on the boys’ side with 57.

    Coming up next for area teams and others are district meets this weekend at various locations.

  • An important visit

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Dr. Brandon Kempner is Highlands University’s Director of Accreditation, in addition to his duties as an English professor. He’s also the person many faculty mention on campus when talking about the university’s attempts to be taken off of probation by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Al Hurricane Sr. dies at age 81

    Staff and wire reports

    One of New Mexico's most beloved musicians has reportedly passed away. 

    Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday.

    His son, Al Hurricane, Jr., told The Associated Press that his father died from complications related to a long battle against prostate cancer.

    Two of his daughters were at his side. He was 81.