Today's News

  • Five killed in Raton-area copter crash

    The Associated Press

    RATON  — A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.

  • ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness’

    Gwen Albers/Optic photos

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that."

    Monday, United World College students completed some community service work in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and the day his courageous words and actions represent.

    More than 200 UWC students participated in 17 projects on and off campus.

    Their tasks included work at the Samaritan House, Rio Mora Wildlife Refuge, El Valley Women’s Coop, and arroyo preservation and erosion control in Ribera.

  • Las Vegas native earns USAF award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General recent named a Las Vegas native as recipient of an annual award.

    Staff Sgt. Martin Dominguez, a 35th Fighter Wing JA international and operations law paralegal, was recently named the Outstanding NCO Paralegal of the Year award for the work he did in the calendar year of 2016 and will be honored with the Swigonski Award.

  • Backward N.M. might someday move forward

    It’s easy to talk about how backward New Mexico is. I’m not sure if out-of-staters do it, but we New Mexicans sure like to talk our state down. You know you do. I do too.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 19, 2018

    Gov. Susana Martinez used part of her final address to the full legislature to say the new Democratic Senate whip had “demeaned” K-12 students by saying the students don’t have academic skills. Sen. Howie Morales criticized the Republican governor for apparently changing her stance on a voter-approved bail reform measure, and talked of a state that he described as better off once Martinez leaves office.
    Come on, guys. Enough about the failed policies of others. Get to the specifics of the solutions.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

  • Murder defendant back in jail

    After a judge to let her out on a bond in October, a defendant in a first-degree murder case is back in the San Miguel County Detention Center after violating the terms of her release.

  • West wrestlers earn split despite missing five

    Field enough of a team, and you give yourself a chance.

    That’s the lesson West Las Vegas’ wrestling program is learning this season.

    The Dons grapplers split a pair of duals on Wednesday evening, beating St. Michael’s and losing to triangular host Taos. They were missing wrestlers in five weight classes, meaning they gave up 30 points in forfeits in each dual.

  • East-West matchups on tap this weekend

    District games have arrived, and this weekend will feature a pair of East-West basketball matchups for local fans to enjoy.

    On Friday night, West Las Vegas hosts Robertson in boys’ hoops, beginning with the C-team game at 4 p.m. at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It’ll be the second varsity meeting of the year for the crosstown rivals. West won a competitive battle 63-54 in the third round of the Sandia Prep tournament back on Dec. 9 in Albuquerque.

  • Hoops roundup: Lady Cards win big at St. Mike's

    Alianza Darley, Maria Barela, Angelica Montoya, Jazmyne Jenkins and Brianna Roybal all scored in Robertson’s 22-6 first quarter Wednesday at St. Mike’s.

    The Lady Cardinals never looked back, hammering their district foes in an eventual 62-17 road rout.
    Robertson — ranked in the top three of Class 4A in both major ratings — improved to 15-3 going into the weekend.

    Tessa Ortiz’s bucket pushed the RHS lead to the quarter-century mark at 35-10, and it was 35-12 at the half.