Today's News

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

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    Friday, Dec. 15

    This is the deadline for Letters to Santa to be submitted for publication in the Dec. 22 issue of the Las Vegas Optic. Please bring your child’s letter to 720 University Avenue, Suite B, or email attachments (in Microsoft Word) to composing@lasvegasoptic.com.


    Friday, Dec. 15

  • Christmas donation

    New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute Patient Foundation treasurer Cathy Aragon presented a $3,400 check recently to the foundation administrator, Frances Tweed. The donation was to help purchase Christmas gifts for NMBHI patients. As part of its fundraising efforts, the nonprofit Patient Foundation raised the money through fundraisers and book fairs and takes donations from businesses. 

  • Newspaper ownership, local and corporate

    I’m knee-deep in trouble now.

    I just bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator, and it’s up to me to get it out every week.

    Well — me and the dedicated staff I inherited.

    I’m following in the chanclas-clad footsteps of Michael E. Sprengelmeyer, a unique individual if there ever was one. After they made M.E., they broke the mold.

  • Ben Lujan Tournament updates

    Updates from the Ben Lujan Tournament (boys' and girls' basketball) being hosted by Pojoaque Valley Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 14-16, in Jacona:

    Pecos boys 80, Monte del Sol 37
    Bernalillo boys 81 Mora 63
    West Las Vegas girls 48, McCurdy 18
    Mora girls 50, Bernalillo 44

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 15, 2017


    In 2001, Carl’s Jr. introduced “The Six Dollar Burger.” It didn’t actually cost that much at the time, but before too long, the burger’s price lived up to its name. 

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

  • Good news for the Panthers

    Pecos boys’ basketball team celebrated a Class 3A state championship last March in The Pit.

    The team will not have to forfeit the title or any games as result of an New Mexico Activities Associaton investigation into player Carlos Cordova’s living arrangements with assistant coach Dominick Baca, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported this week.

    The NMAA probe resulted from a story in the New Mexican featuring the friendship between the two.

  • Luna president, others address accreditation issues

    Tuesday’s regular monthly Luna Community College Board of Trustees meeting had a decidedly different flavor than some other times the board had met this year.

  • Ben Lujan tourney, Thursday through Saturday at Pojoaque

    Schedules for the annual Ben Lujan Tournament (boys' and girls' basketball), which run Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 14-16, at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona:

    Ben Lujan Tournament (boys)


    Pecos vs. Monte del Sol, 10:30 a.m.
    Mora vs. Bernalillo, 1:30
    Peñasco vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4:30
    Pojoaque Valley vs. Desert Academy, 7:30

  • State hopefuls collide at Capital

    Returning to The Jungle (AKA Edward Ortiz Gymnasium) for the second time in four days, the Robertson wrestling team lost its first dual meet of the young season 51-24 to host Capital

    Both programs figure to be in the mix for state titles in late February — Robertson in 4A and Capital in 5A — but on Wednesday evening, the Jaguars looked the more mat-ready.