Today's News

  • Prep roundup: Gonzalez stars in WLV Golf Invite

    A little late-winter breeze couldn’t cool off Noah Gonzalez’s golf game on Monday.

    The Robertson senior overcame the elements to shoot a 72 and capture first place in the West Las Vegas Invitational at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Gonzalez’s strong performance was one of several state-qualifying efforts Monday.

    Raton’s Sydni Silva shot an 86 to win the girls’ individual title, and she and Taos’ Taylor and Madison Tomashot — close behind with an 87 and 91, respectively — all turned in qualifying scores.

  • Former AD, coach Singleton dies in California

    Joe Singleton, who coached at Robertson High School in the 1960s and returned to town as athletic director at his alma mater New Mexico Highlands in the late 1990s, has died.

    Singleton, 82, was residing in his longtime hometown of Davis, Calif., at the time of his death this past Tuesday, March 14. He is survived by wife Corrine and their five children and several grandchildren.

  • Montoya finishes 2-2 in D-I nationals

    Robertson alumnus Rico Montoya came within one match of the quarterfinals before losing in the NCAA Division I national wrestling championship tournament this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Montoya, who competed in the 133-pound weight class, compiled a 2-2 record in the tournament.

    He helped the University of Northern Colorado to a tie for 38th place in the team standings among 72 schools represented.

    Montoya opened the three-day tournament by stunning No. 12 seed Josh Terao of American University, doubing him up 10-5.

  • Difficult series for collegians

    Howard College brought the No. 1 softball team in the region to town for its conference opener over the weekend, and the Hawks demonstrated their full array of weapons in a four-game sweep of Luna Community College.

    Scores were 14-0 and 12-4 on Friday, 11-0 and 18-1 Saturday.

    As it did the previous weekend, Luna played without its usual coaching staff, relying on a couple of volunteers from players’ families.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 21-24

    WEDNESDAY (March 21)

    • Mora at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Estancia (DH), 3:30 p.m., WLV field
    Cheer and dance
    • West Las Vegas community performance, 6 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • Robertson vs. Kirtland Central (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Pecos at Jemez Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Jemez Pueblo


  • Special audit report due to be released to public soon

    A special report on City of Las Vegas business is due to be released by the Office of the State Auditor soon.

    A non-public "exit conference" was set for late Tuesday, after Optic press time, where personnel from the Office of the State Auditor could present the results of a special audit to the acting City Manager, Ann Marie Gallegos, Interim Finance Director Tana Vega, Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron and one City Councilor.

  • Drowning victim tested positive for meth, fentanyl, marijuana

    Results recently obtained from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator show the drugs a 20-year-old Teoclote man had in his system when he died. 

  • Police: DWI suspect more than twice legal limit

    A Las Vegas man was booked into jail on several charges earlier this month after a New Mexico State Police say he was driving fast down Grand Avenue and a breath test showed his alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

  • Rail service kept intact through grant

    Last year, when President Trump's proposed budget included nixes to Amtrak and rail funding pointed to eliminating the Southwest Chief line altogether, fliers and posters circulated, encouraging constituents to contact Congressional leaders about keeping rail in the area.

    Last week, approval of a grant to restore funding for the Southwest Chef had some Deocratic party officials celebrating. 

    Amtrak has a station in Las Vegas that provides jobs and is critical to the planned development of the city's Railroad Avenue.

  • Job vacancies abound for City of Las Vegas

    Need a job?

    If you have the correct qualifications and/or certifications, the City of Las Vegas might have something for you.

    From the City Manager position to some part-time jobs, the city had at least 20 vacancies as of late Friday morning. Some were created by retirements; others are simply due to a high amount of turnover.