Today's News

  • Vegas cites 81 for cell phone violations

    Those who are driving while talking on handheld cell phones are breaking city law. Last year, the Police Department issued scores of tickets for such violations.

    In 2008, Las Vegas police officers issued 81 citations for cell phone offenses and 34 warnings, according to department statistics.

    Police Capt. Eugene Garcia said the department could probably ticket greater numbers of drivers. “We’re working at it,” he said.

  • LETTER: Bond issue doesn’t merit support

    I wish to comment on the recent property tax increase proposed by Luna Community College. Generally an investment in education and educational facilities are of unquestionable value in ensuring the future well-being of our young people and of our community.

  • LETTER: Luna board needs women members

    It’s way past time for a female to join the Luna Board of Trustees. Now we have an opportunity to elect an intelligent, well-spoken, level-headed woman to the board.

    After attending the Optic’s forum and hearing from all the candidates, I have decided to vote for Marsha Archuleta. I encourage other Las Vegas residents to do the same. It’s time.

    S.A. Clancy

    Las Vegas

  • Lady Dons reach district final

    Nobody has come closer to ruining Pojoaque Valley’s perfect girls’ basketball season than the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    On Saturday night, the Lady Dons get another shot at being the first to beat the mighty Elkettes.

    West reached Saturday’s District 2-3A championship game by upsetting St. Michael’s 38-35 on Thursday night in Santa Fe.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cowboys have record evening

    With an 84-77 win over Western State on Saturday night, the NMHU men's basketball team clinched the RMAC West regular-season title, a first-round home playoff game (Tuesday vs. Colorado Christian), and a piece of history as the all-time turnaround story.

    At 20-7 the Cowboys' record is a 19-game improvement from last season, eclipsing the previous 18-win jump shared by two teams, including NMHU. The record includes all levels of NCAA men's basketball.

  • Lady Dons outgun Robertson, face St. Mike's Thursday

    For the most part, at least, Wednesday’s District 2-3A girls’ basketball showdown between third-seeded West Las Vegas and fourth-seeded Robertson was evenly matched.

    But one key stretch in the second quarter shifted momentum from the Lady Cardinals to the Lady Dons, and the home team was able to protect its lead after that en route to a 64-58 triumph.

    As a result, West is playing in tonight’s semifinal at second-seeded St. Michael’s, and RHS is left to watch and wait.

  • Campos changes mind on bill

    Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, has changed his mind on domestic partnerships.

    On Tuesday, he voted against a bill that would extend some of the same rights of married couples to unmarried gay and straight couples. The bill failed 25-17, with 10 Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.

    Opponents called domestic partnerships “marriage in disguise.”

    In recent days, Campos was mum with the media on how he would vote on the bill. But on Thursday, he issued a statement saying he had changed his position.

  • Hometown Heroes: Local club focuses on improving youths’ vision

    “Lion King” Carlos Lopez said the Grater Las Vegas Lions Club has been responsible for good works in the Meadow City since the mid-1950s.

    The president said his club recently began Operation New Mexico KidSight after purchasing a digital photo-computer system developed at the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

  • Cowboys eye record in weekend homestand

    The Highlands Cowboys are poised to become the poster boys for single-season improvement in all of college basketball.

    A win in either of two home games this weekend will give NMHU sole possession of the all-time record for turning a program around in NCAA men’s hoops. Highlands already is tied for a share of that distinction, having earned 19 wins under first-year coach Joe Harge compared to one in 2007-08.

  • Hopefuls oppose Luna tax hike

    All the candidates for Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees attending a forum Thursday said they were against a proposed tax increase that would pay for capital improvements at college facilities. That group included incumbent Tony Valdez, running in Las Vegas-based District 2.

    Some candidates also said the college president should be on campus daily, after being asked about the time current president Pete Campos spends away from the school as a state senator during months-long legislative sessions.