Today's News

  • State Wrestling - One for the books

    RIO RANCHO — Wrestling is the consummate individual sport, but there was a definite feeling of team synergy this past Saturday afternoon as Robertson’s finalists — all nine of them, out of 14 weight classes — gathered to warm up for the championship round at Santa Ana Star Center.

  • District basketball tourneys nearing conclusion

    West Las Vegas will host Taos in the District 2-4A boys’ basketball championship game at 7 p.m. Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons are regular-season champs in the district for the second consecutive season and hope to avoid a misstep like 2014’s loss to runner-up Taos in the title tilt.

  • Boise State snipers drop Lobo men

    By Mike Sullivan
    The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho  — Derrick Marks scored 30 points and Nick Duncan added a career-best 26 as Boise State defeated New Mexico 76-65 on Tuesday night.

    Duncan made a career-high eight 3-pointers while Marks added five as the Broncos (21-7, 11-4 Mountain West) made a season-high 15 from behind the arc — one shy of tying the single-game school record.

    James Webb III collected 11 rebounds for Boise State, which has won 11 of its past 12 games.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 27, 2015

    • District tournaments, TBA; West Las Vegas boys host championship, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • District JV boys’ championship game: West Las Vegas vs. Pojoaque, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Pojoaque
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC indoor championships, TBA, Gunnison, Colo.
    • NCAA Western Regional/RMAC championships, TBA, Pueblo, Colo.


  • Preemption bills worry officials

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

    Officials in both San Miguel and Mora counties are concerned about a bill making its way through the House that would significantly limit the amount of authority New Mexico counties have in regulating oil and gas drilling within their jurisdictions.

    San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger said that if the bill ends up getting enacted into law, it would likely invalidate large portions of the San Miguel County drilling ordinance enacted late last year after about three years of hearings.

  • Cookie Mania - Girl, 8, sets sweet sales goal

    Denika Montoya is on a cookie-selling mission. The second grade student at North Star Elementary has set a goal to sell 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year. For several years, the famous cookies were hard to come by in Las Vegas, as a local troop appeared non-existent.

    For Montoya, the biggest sales are the chocolate, caramel and coconut cookie, Samoas, and the ever-so-popular Thin Mints.

    “She has been very busy,” said Denika’s mother, Olivia Gonzales, “It is an every-day thing for us.”

  • Mora seeks new manager

    Roughly 19 months after coming on board as Mora County manager, Rebecca Montoya is moving on.

    Montoya, who has been on leave since Feb. 1, is officially giving her 30-day notice on March 1 that she will be leaving the county manager post.

    Mora County has already started advertising for Montoya’s replacement. Anyone interested in the job must submit an application, resume and three letters of recommendation to the county by this Friday.

  • Highway funding gap will top $450M

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico for the first time has a true inventory of the tens of thousands of miles of pavement that crisscross the state, and it shows some roads are in worse condition than previously thought.

    Tom Church, the head of the state’s transportation department, outlined the findings of a recent state-of-the-art road assessment during a legislative committee meeting this week. More than 5,800 miles need anywhere from minor rehabilitation to reconstruction.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 25, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Feb. 24 — A number of area youths received trophies after their participation in the Golden Gloves Tournament in Clovis recently. The group was trained by Fernando Gallegos and sponsored by the Clovis JCs. Their manager is Frank C de Baca. They are Herbert Lucero, 118 pounds; Ray Collins, 126 pounds;  Gilbert Herrera, 134 pounds; Jim Montoya, 112 pounds; Nelson Lopez, 112 pounds and Reyes Maes, 112 pounds.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 25, 2015

    Today is Kiwanis Club Pancake Day
    Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Annual Pancake Day, breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 25 at the Flamingo Room. Adults are $8 each and children 10 and younger eat for $5. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea or milk.