Today's News

  • Hole-in-one nets area man $10K

    The decision to participate in a benefit golf tournament for Las Vegas City Schools’ athletic department proved especially profitable for one area man.

    Burt Bazan cashed in by sinking a hole-in-one on Hole No. 9 at the Gene Torres Golf Course during Saturday’s tournament.

    The ace brought a prize of $10,000 as advertised.

    Juan Carlos Fulgenzi said the prize was made possible by an insurance policy for such contests.

  • Tough weekend for Highlands

    The road proved no kinder to New Mexico Highlands’ hard-luck football team, which lost 73-0 at Chadron State this past Saturday.

    NMHU struggled to contain the Eagles’ ground game (441 net yards), as Stevann Brown, Kevin Coy Derek Jackson and Cody Paul ran for two touchdowns apiece. Paul added a 70-yard punt return score for the final points with 2:22 left.

    The Cowboys (0-7) were held to one third-down conversion in 17 attempts.

    Three of Highlands’ remaining four games are at Perkins Stadium.


  • Cards win 2 on road

    T.J. Trujillo scored twice, fellow sophomore Carter Conkle and eighth grader Joel Curtis once apiece to push Robertson past Questa 4-1 in a Saturday road game.

    The Cardinals (8-9-1, 6-4) led 3-0 at halftime.

    The win followed a gritty 4-3 triumph after two overtimes at Pojoaque Valley on Thursday.

    Trujillo scored four times, including a winner.

    Robertson boys’ and girls’ teams close the regular season this coming week with home contests against district foes St. Michael’s (Thursday) and Santa Fe Prep (Saturday).

  • Rio run gives state preview

    Miguel Coca got a good look at his main competition for the Class 4A boys’ state cross country championship — not to mention that race’s course and a host of New Mexico’s premier runners — on Saturday morning in Rio Rancho.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 19, 2016

    • West Las Vegas girls JV vs. Robertson, 3 p.m., Herrera Complex

    • Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 5 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    • Robertson boys and girls vs. St. Michael’s, 3 and 4:30 p.m., RHS
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • Mora (A,B) at Questa, 5 p.m., Questa

    Cross country
    • Robertson at Desert Academy, TBA, Santa Fe

  • Candidates clash over voting rights in New Mexico debate

    By Morgan Lee

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two candidates vying to become New Mexico's top elections and campaign finance regulator used a debate on Sunday morning to present sharply different visions of how to run the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.

  • Friday night football: Cards, Dons win big, put foes away early

    Las Vegas' prep football teams remain unbeaten in District 2-4A after dispatching a pair of visiting rivals Friday night. 

    No. 1 ranked Robertson shut out Santa Fe Indian 55-0 to win its homecoming game midway through the third quarter at Cardinal Stadium. 

    Across town, No. 5 West Las Vegas routed Bernalillo 58-7 with 4:53 on the clock in the third at the Herrera Complex. 

    The twin mercy-rule wins elevate the Cardinals to 7-0 and the Dons to 6-1.

  • A train lover’s delight

    By Cindra Kline
    For the Optic

    The trains will be a chuggin’ next weekend at The Plaza Hotel!

    As part of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors’ fifth annual Fred Harvey celebration, Las Vegas will be the site of the largest “O” gauge train set-up in the state, surpassing the size of the annual Christmas train display long enjoyed at Santa Fe’s First National Bank. The track length will be longer and elevated at the Plaza Hotel for a dramatic, 360-degree viewing opportunity.

  • Millions at stake for Luna, Highlands in election

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The local economy will benefit and historic Rodgers Hall on the Highlands University campus will be renovated if voters approve Higher Education Bond C, NMHU officials say.

    “During the past decade, general obligation higher education bonds have brought about $13 million to the Las Vegas economy,” said Highlands University President Sam Minner. “If approved this year, Bond C will bring $6.5 million locally, including $4.5 million for Highlands and $2 million for Luna Community College.”

  • Accidental shootings claim kid every other day

    Editor’s note: Part of an ongoing collaboration between The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network to examine issues related to gun violence in America.

    By Ryan J. Foley, Larry Fenn and Nick Penzenstadler
    The Associated Press

    Hours earlier, he was a happy 4-year-old who loved Ironman and the Hulk and all the Avengers. Now, as Bryson Mees-Hernandez approached death in a Houston hospital room, his brain swelling through the bullet hole in his face, his mother assured the boy it was OK to die.