Today's News

  • Seeing RED

    Forget the harsh spring winds and the teasing sprinkle of rain that blew through the Meadow City over the weekend.

    Janice Yara was the force of nature to behold.

    Robertson’s senior ace struck out West Las Vegas batters 23 times and allowed just 11 hits combined in a doubleheader sweep Saturday at RHS Field.

    The Lady Cardinals won 7-1 and 3-0 to vault over the Lady Dons in the District 2-3A standings.

    Saturday’s sweep also gave RHS a series win; West Las Vegas had won the first game 11-8 on April 12 at WLV Field.

  • Cowgirls on track as RMAC nears

    With the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships looming, several New Mexico Highlands athletes recorded season bests in the Texas Tech Open over the weekend.

    “Last tune-up before the RMAC went really well,” said Bob DeVries, head coach of the Cowgirl track team.

    Jillisa Grant qualified for nationals in the first open 400-meter run of her season, taking the national lead with a time of 53.7.

    That was one of several main objectives for DeVries’ squad.

  • Habitat Fun Run coming Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a 5K Fun Run for Youth and Adults and a 1-mile children's (under 13 years) run on Saturday at Melody Park in conjunction with SynergyFest.

    The 5K is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the children’s run at 9:30 a.m. Registration for this charity event is $10 for kids and $20 for youth and adults. Entry forms can be picked up at the office for Habitat for Humanity located at 714 National Ave. or can be faxed to entrants who call 454-4434.

  • Chavez hoops camp announced for June

    Submitted to the Optic

    Aaron Chavez Basketball Camp for boys’ and girls’ basketball players ages 5-17 will be held June 27-29. Camp hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

    Tuition is $45 if paid on or before May 12; $55 after May 12. For more information, contact David Salcido, associate camp director, c_aaron_40@hotmail.com, 505-228-9710, or 575-387-5805.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    • LCC vs. Lamar CC (DH), 11 a.m., Rodriguez Park

    Track and field
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Socorro Invite, 3 p.m., Socorro

    • LCC at New Mexico Junior College, 2 p.m., Hobbs
    • NMHU at Nebraska-Kearney, 7 p.m. CST, Kearney, Neb.
    • NMHU at New Mexico State, TBA, Las Cruces

  • FYI - Sports

    City of Las Vegas presents Spring Road Running: Spring Running is a fun program designed to teach the basics of running. Recreation staff will provide instruction which includes stretching exercises, running techniques, running games, timed races and cool down techniques. This five-week program will let you kick up your heels and shake off the winter cobwebs. Participants will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 through May 26 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

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  • Maloof building has buyer

    The West Las Vegas School district has found a potential buyer for the Maloof building.

    The Historic Kiva Theater Group has made an offer on the Old Town building, and the school board has agreed to accept it.

    In order to move forward, the deal must now be approved by the the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

    West Superintendent Ruben Cordova said the only criterion to sell real estate belonging to a school district is that the bid be higher than the appraised value.

  • Easter Traditions
  • City laws now easier to access

    Soon after moving to Las Vegas in 2007, Bruce McAllister went to City Hall and asked to see the city code book, a compilation of all municipal laws in effect.

    He was willing to pay for it, but  there was one problem. What he wanted, the city clerk’s office apologetically informed him, did not exist.

    City ordinances — the legislation passed by City Councils over the years — had not  been codified since the early 1970s.

    But that has all changed.

  • Law bolsters organ donation awareness

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Jaime Muñoz was struggling to breathe last summer. Doctors told him if they couldn’t find him a lung transplant by December, pulmonary fibrosis would likely get the better of him.

    Earlier this month, he stood before a crowd at one of the busiest Motor Vehicle Division offices in the state to make a plea to those getting their driver’s licenses: Sign up to be an organ donor.