Today's News

  • State list expands

    Local qualifiers for the Class 4A-6A state track and field championships, as of April 25 posting by the New Mexico Activities Association:

    5. Moses Esquibel, West Las Vegas, 23.07

    3. Savannah Sena, Robertson, 59.5

    5. Tonati Aparicio-Blythe, Robertson, 51.92
    6. Moses Esquibel, West Las Vegas, 51.94

    2. Miguel Coca, West Las Vegas, 1:59.47
    3. J.J. Esquibel, West Las Vegas, 2:01.37

  • Go Fish - April 30, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Fishing report, April 25
    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait for trout up to 19 inches. Matt Bonney reported fishing as slow as he only managed two fish in two days. However, they were nice 18-inch rainbows caught on pink PowerBait. We had no other reports.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 30, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 1:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • NMHU vs. Adams State (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    • NMHU at Regis (DH), 11 a.m., Denver  

  • Unions: Furloughs not needed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Unions representing New Mexico state employees are speaking out against Gov. Susana Martinez’s plan to save money by furloughing government workers.

    State Personnel Director Justin Najaka sent letters to union leaders this week letters indicating Martinez is moving forward with the furloughs. The notice comes after warnings from Martinez that New Mexico could run out of cash before the budget year ends in June, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Tuition increase on tap at NMHU

    Students attending New Mexico Highlands this coming fall will have to dig a bit deeper into their pockets for tuition and fees and other expenses.

    Just how deep may be determined on Friday, when the school’s board of regents meets at Kennedy Lounge. The meeting gets under way at 9 a.m.

    Consideration of recommended increases in tuition, fees, housing and meal plans will be part of a full agenda of action items.

  • J Boog concert Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents J Boog, a renowned reggae singer and songwriter of Samoan descent, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson Complex, 1241 Ninth St.

    J Boog’s popularity has soared since his debut album “Hear Me Roar” in 2007. His 2011 album,  “Backyard Boogie” earned him the Best New Entertainer of the Year Award in 2012 at Chicago’s International Reggae and World Music Awards.

  • Day at the MVD - A REAL pain - New Mexicans grappling with new requirements

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Since New Mexico began complying with tougher federal identification requirements, hundreds of state residents have legally changed their names or amended their birth certificates to prove their identities.

    That includes dozens of Las Vegas residents.

  • Jail Log - April 28, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 18 and 25:
    Gerardo Sustanta, 47, aggravated battery on a household member, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Sarah Garduño, 30, bench warrant: driving on a suspended license, expired registration, no insurance, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    James Barber, 62, bench warrant: revoked conditions of release, San Miguel District Court
    Tina Baca, 51, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel District Court

  • Weather - April 28, 2017


    HIGH 57° / LOW 31°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday night — rain showers likely before midnight, then snow showers likely.
    6:12 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - April 28, 2017


    2 p.m. Las Vegas Arbor Day Celebration will take place at 2 p.m. at Carnegie Park. A short walking tour to “Meet the Trees” will follow.