Today's News

  • NM Bowl: Ags win

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — After yet another injury, Utah State wound up needing its fifth-string quarterback. Fortunately for the Aggies, they had the Vigil brothers the whole way.

    Nick Vigil ran for a touchdown and combined with his brother to make 16 tackles as Utah State shut down UTEP 21-6 Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 22, 2014

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) at Clayton, 3 p.m., Clayton
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Clayton, 3 p.m., Clayton

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • Stu Clark Tournament (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas boys), 1 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Daves to chair search team

    New Mexico Highlands University Regents appointed a 13-person search committee Tuesday to conduct the search for President Jim Fries’ replacement, and they tapped the head of the Highlands Foundation to head that committee.

    Doyle Daves, who has headed the foundation for the last six years, will lead the search. The foundation is the university’s fundraising arm.

  • 15 file for East, West school board

    Although school board elections are months away, the campaigning has begun. On Tuesday, 15 candidates tossed in their names for seven vacant seats on either the Las Vegas City Schools board or West Las Vegas School board.

    Veteran board members Gary Gold and Felix Alderete are not seeking re-election for their respective seats.

    Vying for Gold’s seat on the West Las Vegas board are City of Las Vegas employee Alvin Jiron, former school board member John Trujillo and Anthony Benavidez who lists an Alamo Street address.

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  • ‘We lost one of our treasures’

    Ruth Fort, a longtime school teacher who moved to New Mexico as a missionary and later ended up writing about Mora County in a weekly column for the Optic, has died. She was 91.

    Fort died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe early Monday morning, her daughter, Maxine Hughes, said.

  • Crash involving cop under investigation

    Las Vegas police officer responding to a burglary in progress call crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Seventh and University Sunday morning.

    The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

    Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said all factors will be considered and investigated.

    “If infractions are found, corrective action will be administered,” he added.

    The officer involved in the crash was Michael Ortega, and the driver of the red GMC truck he hit has been identified as Richard Sena.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 19, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15:

    Damian Pacheco, 18, absconding, bench warrant, SM District
    Annette Adkins, 31, possession of a controlled substance, bench warrant, State of Texas Parole Violation Mora/State of Texas
    Alexander Lara, 36, driving on suspended-revoked license
    Nakia Crespin, 36, child abuse, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Diego Trujillo, 34, receiving/transferring stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 19, 2014

    Hanukkah Party

    Las Vegas Jewish Community Inc. Hanukkah Party, 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Temple Montefiore, Columbia Eighth. There will be music, potluck and a menorah lighting. Call 454-4900.