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Today's News

  • Las Vegas man charged with his eighth DWI

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving while intoxicated for the eighth time, along with an assortment of other charges, after he tried to avoid a sobriety checkpoint and took New Mexico State Police on a brief chase.

    Police say Arsenio Anaya, 53, of the 4600 block of El Llano Road, was traveling northbound on Highway 65, toward Montezuma, in a vehicle with no license plate at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

  • No boundary changes for two N.M. national monuments

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

  • In Brief - Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    Staff and wire reports

    Plaza, Bridge Street to be closed Sunday

    A salute to military personnel will involve a closure of the Las Vegas Plaza this weekend. The fourth annual Salute to the Troops, an entertainment event that inlcudes the music of Darren Cordova, will be held at Historic Plaza Park on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bridge Street and Plaza Park will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Science teaching garners criticism

  • NMHU honored alumni: Reid receives spirit award

    NOTE: This is part of a series of profiles of the eight 2017 Distinguished Alumni being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Early Thursday mornings before he begins his Las Vegas clinic, John Barlow Reid III works with the sports trainers at Highlands, helping evaluate, treat and make recommendations for injured Cowgirl and Cowboy athletes.

  • Noticias, Wednesday, Sept. 20 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@ lasvegasoptic.com.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    9.20.2017 WEDNESDAY

    7:30 p.m. September Songs, a recital featuring tenor vocalist Marcos Vigil and pianist Ronald Maltais, will be performed in the Plaza Hotel Ballroom on the Las Vegas Plaza. Tickets are $20 per person and available at the Plaza Hotel and Las Vegas Arts Council.

  • Dons honor their football heritage

    West Las Vegas honored the following former Dons football coaches as part of its homecoming celebrations: Sam Caputo, Gillie Lopez, Ernie Abreu, Frank Herrera, Jimmy Ortiz, Victor Sanchez, Nick Trujillo, George Marquez, Will Jaramillo, Ray Pino, Darrel Ray, Joaquin Garcia, James Esquibel, Mike Maldonado, Mike Ulibarri, Robert Alarcon. Several of the coaches made it to the parade and to the game on Friday.

  • College roundup: No. 20 Mines gets past Cowgirls

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    On its opening weekend of both the home schedule and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference slate, the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team had a promising start.

    Matched against nationally ranked Colorado School of Mines on Friday night, the Cowgirls won the first set 25-20 and led in the second before falling in a 26-24 nailbiter in the second. But the 20th ranked Orediggers responded by winning the next two sets to clinch a 3-1 victory.

  • Homecoming cheer

    Welcoming a robust homecoming crowd to a newly refurbished Herrera Complex, the West Las Vegas football team made quick work of Albuquerque Academy on Friday night, rolling to a 48-0 win.

    John Balizan passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Antonio Bustamante rushed for the first of a couple of scores as West dashed to a 28-0 lead by halftime. The Dons kept coasting even with backups on the field much of the second half, improving to 2-2.

  • Executing ‘The J.D. Slam’

     Work of Art

    A simple act of closing a car door inspired this column. Even I find it hard to have so many memories conjured up from this basic action.

    Let me explain: Cars built this century generally have door-closing mechanisms that require only the slightest bit of energy to assure a tight seal. Cars built last century ­ ­— and that covers a wide span — often failed to close completely on the first try.