Today's News

  • Luna student has eyes on more credentials

    Luna Community College

    Kimberley Padilla is on track to earn a certificate from Luna Community College soon. That would be the first of not one, not two, not three, but four certificates or degrees she wants to pursue.

    A native of Mora, Padilla is expected to graduate in fall 2018 with a certificate in Automotive Collision Repair Technology. She is also interested in earning a business management, culinary arts and cosmetology certificate.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 20, 2018

    Three wonderful, important, family-oriented cultural opportunities are all scheduled to happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  They all deserve a thumb UP, but the fact that they are scheduled at the same time — more or less — on the same day, drives some folks crazy.

  • Enveloped by drought and short-sightedness

    Oh, what a difference a year makes.

    Last year, the U.S. Drought Monitor map showed about half of New Mexico was in an “abnormally dry” condition, with only a tiny portion in the northeastern corner of the state actuall suffering from “moderate drought.”

    Now, that little corner of the state is suffering from “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions while most of the rest of the state is now in “severe” or “extreme” drought.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018.

  • Tripp to leave WLV post

    For a second time, Richard Tripp is retiring from West Las Vegas.

    Tripp, whose first go-round working for his alma mater included 29 years teaching English and history in addition to coaching basketball, baseball and football, said he is leaving his athletic coordinator post as of July 1. He had been serving in that capacity since 2014, lured out of retirement after a brief stint at Atrisco Heritage.

  • Savannah smiles: RHS track standout to continue career at NMHU

    Believe it or not, Savannah Sena used to hate running.

    But prodded on by her parents when she was in seventh grade, she began to acquire a taste for running as part of conditioning and preparation for sports in general.

    Eventually, the running itself became something she loved — or at least liked, a lot.

    “I like the competition,” she said. “You have to work hard to reach the finish line.”

  • LV summer softball is on tap

    Rosters are now being accepted for this year’s Meadow City Adult Summer Softball League.

    Deadline to submit rosters to the city recreation office (Abe Montoya Rec Center, 1751 North Grand Ave.) is Friday, May 11. Contact the office at 426-3212 for more information.

    Fees are $550 per team, which includes sponsor fee and team player fee. Both men’s and women’s leagues are planned.

    A co-ed softball league and mush-ball league are also in the works, according to the city recreation department.

  • Isotopes' road woes continue in Tacoma

    Daniel Castro kept his hitting streak alive at 12 games, but the Albuquerque Isotopes continued to struggle in the early going Wednesday night, falling 14-2 at Tacoma, Wash.

    Castro’s hit streak leads the Pacific Coast League, and teammate Josh Fuentes is right behind him with an 11-game streak. On another positive note, David Dahl is back in the lineup off the seven-day disabled list.

  • Tuesday's gone with the wind

    Maybe the 76 mph peak wind gusts should be considered part of the home-field advantage.

    Robertson and West Las Vegas baseball and softball teams all hosted games on Tuesday afternoon despite extreme windy conditions — and all four local squads came out victorious.

    To be sure, the wind did plenty of damage. As the Optic reported, the gusts tore chunks of roofing materials off local buildings, and they created havoc with power lines and electrical currents.

  • Little Leagues open seasons

    Both local Little Leagues opened their seasons with emotional tributes this past weekend.
    Las Vegas Little League, dedicating its season to the late Lacy Houdek and brothers Tom and John Gallegos on behalf of their supportive family, kicked off on Saturday morning at Keyes Park.

    La Plaza Little League honored three families at its opening ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Rodriguez Park. The season was dedicated to Art Archuleta, Tony Lopez and Manuel Ortega, with salutes to the Archuleta, Lopez and Ortega families.