Today's News

  • The Nation In Brief, Dec. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Franken resigns from Senate

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

    Saturday, Dec. 9

    The Christmas Fair Shopping Extravaganza is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 2300 Collins Drive, Las Vegas. Arts and crafts, Avon products, blankets, wreaths and more will be available. Call Rose at 505-425-9545.

    Saturday, Dec. 9

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 8, 2017


  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

  • SoloWorks program has its first graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Three SoloWorks Program students had the personal drive and motivation to complete 140 hours of customer service, business skills and career development training during the first SoloWorks Program training.

    “I’m so proud of these students. They have worked very hard in preparing themselves to work at home as customer service representatives. This is evidenced by the interviews they are getting from companies interested in hiring them, said SoloWorks Program Director, Marena Drlik.

  • Joining the independents

    John Graham reports from Lovington, but he does a lot more than that.

    When something's happening in his hometown, Graham often goes out and covers it for his paper, the Lovington Leader. Then he goes back to his desk (in his publisher's office, because he also owns the paper) to write the story, process a photo or two and get it all placed on a page.

  • Darley, Barela help tame Lions

    Alianza Darley and No. 1-ranked Robertson played Lion tamer Tuesday night, routing Santa Rosa, 76-34.

    It was the third straight road win for the Lady Cardinals, who got 26 points from Darley and a double-double (12 points, 11 assists) from Maria Barela.

    Tessa Ortiz and Jazmyne Jenkins added 11 and 10 points, respectively, and Angelica Montoya blocked eight shots.

    The Lady Cards led 18-7 after eight minutes and 41-16 at the half after breaking the game open with 23 points in the second quarter. It was 56-24 going into the fourth period.

  • Pecos thunders past Mora

    Former longtime district archrivals Pecos and Mora have engaged in many close battles on the basketball hardwood over the years.

    Wednesday night’s game was not one of those.

    Four Panthers scored in double figures and dealt the young Rangers an 89-49 defeat at Sanchez Gymnasium in Pecos.

    It was the first loss for Mora (2-1) under first-year head coach Carlos Arellano; the Rangers had won against Cuba and Tierra Encantada in this past weekend’s Brian Gallegos Memorial Shootout at West Las Vegas.

  • Outlaws sending five to All-American bowl

    Five members of the Las Vegas Outlaws traveling youth football team have been selected Youth All-Americans by the Offense-Defense Sports organization.

    The youngsters  — C.J. Perea, Tony Rubin, Ethan Tafoya, Patrick Rodriguez Jr. and David Olivarez — are slated to participate in the Offense-Defense Bowl week Dec. 26-31 at Victory Field and Joe W. Brown Memorial Stadium in New Orleans.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Dec. 8-11

    FRIDAY (Dec. 8)
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas boys at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson girls at Capital City tourney, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas JV boys at Bernalillo tourney, TBA, Bernalillo
    • West Las Vegas freshman girls host WLV Shootout, TBA
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Taos tourney, TBA, Taos
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Edgewood, 4 p.m., Edgewood