Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 31, 2011

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Toy Story; Move Out!” by Apple Jordan and the character theme is “Woody and Buzz.” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.”All programs are free and open to the public.


  • Noticias - Oct. 31, 2011

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

    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.” Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Have a safe Halloween

    It’s that time again — a single evening of fun for the whole family, a night of trick-or-treating and handing out candy to cute little kids and older people who, at least for one night, just don’t want to be grown up.

    It’s a great tradition — one that shouldn’t be cut short by an unnecessary accident.

    Here are two words to keep in mind as you and your children enjoy the evening: supervision and observation.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 31, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Politics and hiring at Luna

    A few hours before a scheduled Luna Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 20, I heard a rumor that the board was about to remove Pete Campos as president. Some board members were not happy about being left out of certain hiring decisions, I was told, and they had the votes to fire Campos.

  • Bring on the Quarters!

    Between them, Robertson soccer coaches Ray Parks and Clarence Montoya have won a number of district championships or runner-up finishes and they’ve been to more than a few state tournaments over the past decade and a half.

    Until now, however, they and their RHS teams have never gotten out of the first round at state.

    Saturday, then, was a breakthrough for both programs as the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals dominated first-round matches with Rehoboth and Santa Fe Prep, respectively, to reach the round of eight.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 31, 2011

    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 6:30 p.m., Las Cruces
    • District 4-2A tournament begins, TBA

    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Portales
    • District 4-2A tournament, TBA

    • NMHU men at Northern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Española

  • 2-3A meet: Maestas edges Coca; RHS girls win

    Brian Maestas of Robertson outkicked West Las Vegas rival Moises Coca for the individual boys’ title, and the RHS girls’ team dedicated its team championship to the memory of the late coach Fabian Trujillo, highlighting Friday’s District 2-3A cross country meet at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Coca, who had beat Maestas to the finish line at the Meadow City Invite at the same course, led early on. And the two battled all along the way.

  • Weekend Roundup: District champs crowned

    Congratulations are in order for Robertson football, West Las Vegas volleyball, Robertson girls’ cross country and RHS boys’ runner Brian Maestas — each of whom captured district championships over the weekend in a packed schedule of activity.

    Those athletes join the RHS boys’ soccer team, which won district the previous weekend.

    Robertson football 33, Taos 12
    The Cardinals improved to 4-5 overall and stayed unbeaten in District 2-3A at 2-0 with a 33-12 defeat of Taos on Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

  • A family’s search for justice

    The night their hellish ordeal began was just like any other.

    John Esquibel, 27, and his 19-year-old nephew Adam Hanson couldn’t take the stifling heat inside the upstairs apartment they were staying at, so they decided to go for a walk.

    “I said, ‘Don’t be gone too long. There’s too many crazy people out these days,’” Esquibel’s mother, Gloria Esquibel, recalls. Esquibel, who had a part-time job at Pizza Hut, told her they were just going to walk around the Plaza once and come back.