Today's News

  • Luis E. Armijo Elementary Dec. 2017 Students of the Month

    Here are the Luis E. Armijo Elementary School students of the month for December 2017.

    They are Christian Collins, Jordan Duran, Del Amor Gallegos, Jonah Varela, Curtis Pacheco, Melina Lopez, Aaliyana Lussow, Alleya Andrade, Alazai Brito and Antonio Barraza-Ruiz.


  • Tony Serna Jr. Elementary Oct. 2017 Students of the Month

    Here are the Tony Serna Jr. Elementary students of the month for October 2017.

    They are Annalicia Martinez, JessieRay Urioste, Chrystah Padilla, Jonathon Gonzales and Destiny Moreno.

  • Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, fall 2017 Dean’s List of area students

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The following San Miguel County-area students have been named to the Eastern New Mexico University Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester:

    Zane Burden of Ribera

    Natalie Franco of Pecos

    Danielle Hall of Glorieta

    John Linzie of Las Vegas

    Monique Martinez of Las Vegas

    Katie Montano of Glorieta

    Zant Zamora of Las Vegas

    To be eligible for the Dean’s List a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.00.

  • The media doesn’t hate the players

    The sports slogan about hating the game and not the players gets lost when talking about politics; so much campaigning and party-line talk is geared toward generating dislike of specific individuals, rather than policies, situations or ideas.

  • Replace cautious optimism with optimistic caution

    As the new year commences, we look to the upcoming legislative session with optimistic caution.

    Despite a modest increase in state revenue outlook, the budget must address growing state and local needs, federal tax changes and the need for gradual tax modernization.

    We will approach the 2018 legislative session with a delicate balance of spending, investing, saving and vision-building for the future.  We will prioritize the state budget to address people’s real needs, reinvigorating our residents’ confidence and role in our future economy. 

  • Let’s examine the university governance process

    Proposed legislation to change how regents are selected for New Mexico’s universities will go a long way in strengthening our state’s institutions.

    Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, and Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, have sponsored a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan nomination committee to evaluate potential candidates for regent appointments.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr: A cause chose him

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never ran for public office.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

  • Improvements to dams a focus of Campos' requests

    As the 2018 New Mexico Legisature's short 30-day session gets under way this week, Sen. Pete Campos is keeping a close eye on budget items, both as a member of the Senate Finance and Interim Legislative Finance committees and as a lawmaker from District 8, where state jobs and the revenue to support them are important parts of the economy.

  • Close call goes to Dons

    The West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team has played a few close games this season, developing valuable experience in clutch situations.

    That education came in handy Thursday as the Dons opened the Hope Christian Invitational with a surprising Socorro team.

    The Warriors played close most of the way before West took a 59-54 verdict.

    It was 25-25 at halftime and the Dons led just 40-37 going into the fourth period.

    The game stayed tight the rest of the quarter, with one or two possessions separating the teams.