Today's News

  • Big night in Bernalillo for Dons

    West Las Vegas’ Balizan brothers hooked up for a pair of touchdowns, and Antonio Bustamante pushed his season total to 20 as the Dons beat Bernalillo 42-7 Friday for the Spartan Homecoming game.

    Head coach Adrian Gonzales and the Dons improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in District 2-4A with three tough games — Taos, Robertson and St. Michael’s — left in the regular season.

  • DACA support in a conservative climate

    Last week, Lovington's school board went against the grain of its local politics. By a 3-2 vote, the municipal school board there passed a resolution supporting DACA recipients — a move that runs contrary to the conservative inclinations of this area of the state.

  • Water dispute along Pecos takes more twists, turns

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A lengthy permitting process for a Texas gas and oilman to use additional water from the West Pecos ditch has recently become more cloudy as a protest from the San Miguel County Commission was rescinded, then reinstated.

  • Prep soccer: Marquez lifts Lady Dons to first win

    Briana Marquez scored the game-winning goal with mere seconds left in regulation Friday to lift West Las Vegas to its first girls’ soccer win of the season, a 6-5 triumph at Academy for Technology and the Classics in Santa Fe.

    Marquez, a freshman, also scored the other five goals for the Lady Dons and head coach Eric Padilla.

  • College sports roundup: Cowgirls shut out


    It was a trying weekend for NMHU fans. The school’s volleyball team lost in straight sets at Metro State Friday night in Denver and at Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday. In women’s soccer, the Cowgirls fell 2-0 to Colorado State-Pueblo on Sunday in Taos.

  • East-West volleyball: Lady Cards coast to 3-0 win

    With clinical efficiency, Robertson defeated West Las Vegas in the first East-West volleyball matchup of the fall on Saturday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Cardinals, who won 25-8, 25-14, 25-11, are the second-ranked team in Class 4A at 15-2 overall. They stayed unbeaten in District 2-4A at 3-0.

  • Eagles fly past Cowboys in RMAC football contest

    Chadron State – the team that shared New Mexico Highlands’ glory the last time the Cowboys won an RMAC football championship – continued its recent dominance of the schools’ head-to-head series Saturday, soaring to a 55-35 win at the Herrera Complex.

    The Eagles (4-3 overall, 4-2 RMAC) racked up 381 rushing yards as part of a 610-yard afternoon that included three touchdown runs for Derek Jackson. Jackson rushed for 185 yards on 19 carries.

  • WLV runners victorious in Rio

    Placing three of the top four runners, West Las Vegas’ boys’ cross country team earned one of its most significant trophies to date Saturday, winning the “large school” boys’ division of the Rio Rancho XC Jamboree.

    The Dons’ team score of 125 points beat out Espanola Valley, Lovington, Moriarty and West Mesa in the top five of a race that had 31 schools with qualifying varsity scores.

  • Enchi-literacy

    Photos by Art Trujillo

    Fundraisers for separate causes were held late last week, with one targeting the mind, and the other, the stomach.

    Volunteers serve up enchiladas on Oct. 12 at the Hillcrest restaurant as part of the 19th annual dinner to help fund Mustard Seed grants for nonprofit groups in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

    The American Association of University Women held their fall used book sale Thursday and Friday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus. 

  • In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

     The Associated Press

    Pastor accused of exploitation

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal authorities say a youth pastor from Las Cruces is facing child sexual exploitation and pornography charges. They say 30-year-old Stephen Mendoza Arellano made his initial appearance last week in federal court in Albuquerque. He’s being held on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted production of child pornography, enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity, and travel to meet a minor to engage in sexual conduct.