Today's News

  • Tesla has enough value to buy out Ford Motor Co.

    The following editorial was published in the Chicago Tribune on May 22:

    Tesla, the electric vehicle startup, did something remarkable last month: It surpassed Ford and GM to become the country’s most valuable car company based on market capitalization.

    Want to acquire Tesla? It would cost a cool $50 billion. GM’s worth a tad less. Ford’s value is about $45 billion.

    Monday, not coincidentally, Ford ousted its CEO, frustrated with the company’s mediocre progress at reinvention in the high-tech era.

  • Encore! Two Dons, two Lady Cards earn spots on North All-Stars

    Two West Las Vegas baseball players and two Robertson softball players have been selected to the North All-Star for Class 1A-4A.

    Selections to the North-South games are limited to members of each year’s outgoing senior class. Coaches’ input determines selections. The North-South games are organized and sponsored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Santiago Mondragon and Jeffrey Sanchez of West Las Vegas earned selection to the baseball lineup.

  • Go Fish - May 28, 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.

    Catches of the week
    Clayton Lake: Tommy Montoya of Clayton caught a 20-inch rainbow trout May 15. He was using PowerBait.

    Ute Lake: Rande Kelley of Dalhart caught and released a 5.07 largemouth bass May 20.

    Fishing report, May 9

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 28, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 2:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 5:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    • LVLL games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park


  • Police staffing levels debated

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Staffing levels for the Las Vegas Police Department were discussed at last week’s regular monthly city council meeting.
    Among the 16 positions set to continue to be unfilled in the city’s preliminary Fiscal 2018 budget are some full-time police officer vacancies.

  • OB services return to Las Vegas

    Tragedy struck the area in March 2016 as Desiree Amanda Castillo and her unborn son Ezra Augustine Castillo died as a result of a car accident near Rowe along interstate 25. The pregnant Desiree was returning home with her husband Carlos when suddenly a gust of wind pushed the family’s gold colored Infiniti SUV, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and roll. Just a few hours before the crash Desiree and Carlos found out that she was carrying a son.  

  • Symposium allows city, county to compare notes

    Monday and Tuesday, city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County officials gathered to discuss several issues pertaining to the area. The topics included senior citizens, community development, health care, homeless, housing, a drug task force, watershed thinning, quality of life and education. Many local leaders were also in attendance during the two-day symposium, which took place in the student union building on the campus of Highlands University.

  • Special session: Budget approved; on to taxes

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would tap severance tax bonds to fill a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.

    The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend infrastructure projects and bolster the state general fund by $100 million in the coming fiscal year.

    Of those funds, $19 million are one-time transfers of money from dozens of state government accounts.

  • One family — four 2017 grads
  • In Brief - News - May 26, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Brits angry about leaks
    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British police arrested two more people and searched a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, as British authorities complained bitterly Thursday about investigation leaks by U.S. officials.