Today's News

  • Village of Pecos Mayor Election questionnaires, 2018

    Editor’s note: Municipal elections around the state are set for March 6. It’s time to give the three Village of Pecos mayoral candidates a chance to weigh in on a few general topics.


    Age: 58.

    Address and contact information: HC 74, Box 32B, No. 136, North Main St., Pecos, 87552.

  • Dons third in district hoops after loss to St. Mike's

    A 46-35 loss to St. Michael's on Friday night has West Las Vegas' boys' basketball team looking up at both top seed Taos and the Horsemen for next week's district tournament.

    Jovan Montoya scored a game-high 16 to lead the Horsemen on Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. Steven Sandoval paced the Dons with 10.

    After falling behind by 15 late in the third, West rallied to get within seven twice in the final period. But superior foul shooting and a rebounding edge for St. Mike's made the difference down the stretch.

  • Cardinal wrestlers in third after day one

    Robertson's wrestling team found itself in third place Friday night with day one of the Class 1A-4A state tournament in the books.

    The Cardinals (54 team points) trail defending state champ Silver (94) and Cobre (61.5) going into Saturday action at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Seven Las Vegas-area grapplers advanced to the semifinals in six weight classes. A number of other locals remain alive for third place in consolation brackets.

  • Phil Griego gets 18-month prison term for fraud

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Former state Sen. Phil Griego of San José will spend 18 months behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

    District Court Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Griego on Friday to a 12-year-prison term, but waived all but 18 months of it.

  • Noticias, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

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

    • The “Sí Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For information, call the NA helpline: 800-925-4186 or Frances at 575-815-8544.


  • First-year principal sets goals

    As a first-year principal in the West Las Vegas Schools, Rosemarie Salinas has assigned goals for herself, teachers and staff, and students with a hopeful outcome of pushing her schools from a D grade to a C or higher.

    Salinas presides over the Pre-K, Tony Serna Jr. and Luis E. Armijo Elementary Schools, and presented her goals to the West Las Vegas School Board during its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday night.

  • Items selected for Council approval

    Five items were discussed at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council work session and all five were approved to be added to the consent agenda for the Wednesday, Feb. 21 regular monthly council meeting.

    The consent agenda will include awarding a bid for the Bradner fill line project to Hays Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

    The project includes construction of the Bradner Reservoir fill pipeline section of the first phase of the raw water conveyance pipeline.

  • Legislature caps session by leaving governor several bills to sign

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Vote early and vote less often.
    At least, that is the hope behind a bill that was headed to the governor’s desk on Thursday to consolidate various local elections in New Mexico.

    Under a compromise hashed out between the Senate and House of Representatives during the last couple hours of this year’s 30-day legislative session, election day for most cities, towns and villages — including Santa Fe — would not change from the usual date in March.

  • Tax incentive for hiring foster youth heads to governor

    By Cynthia Miller, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE —  Micaela Baca arrived at the state Capitol early Wednesday with her 10-month-old son, Azariah, and a group of other young people hoping to witness a vote in the House of Representatives that would be the final hurdle for a measure they had been pushing throughout the legislative session.

  • Slate of domestic violence measures on governor’s desk

    By Cynthia Miller, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — If Gov. Susana Martinez signs a Senate bill into law, New Mexico will become the 46th state to specifically define strangulation as a serious violent crime.

    State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, who sponsored Senate Bill 61, called the Legislature’s unanimous support of the measure “a monumental achievement.”