Today's News

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  • July 18 run to benefit Pecos XC

    Las Vegas Optic

    Area runners and walkers are invited to take part in a benefit run and walk Saturday, July 18, in Glorieta.

    The event will benefit the Pecos High School and Middle School cross country programs.  

    A 5-kilometer run and walk for those 10 and older will begin at 8 a.m. at the Glorieta Camps. Then a 1-kilometer fun run for children younger than 10 will take place at 9:30 a.m.

  • Mud volleyball, horseshoes in benefit event Saturday

    Looking for some good, clean (dirty) fun this summer?

    How about some mud volleyball and horseshoes?

    The Pecos boys’ basketball program will host a benefit mud volleyball and horseshoes tournament this coming Saturday, July 11, at the San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, 104 South Main Street in Pecos.

    The day will feature vendors, arts and crafts, face painting and more. It is a non-alcoholic event.

  • U.S. men vanquish Guatemala

    The Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Clint Dempsey wants to look ahead to helping the U.S. defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title and not back to his confrontation with a referee that caused American coach Jurgen Klinsmann to replace the fiery forward as captain for the tournament.

    Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night despite some sloppy play in an exhibition ahead of the Gold Cup.

  • Go Fish - July 6

    Fishing report, June 30

    Conchas Lake: Fishing was very good using worms and small tubes for bluegill. Fishing was fair using tubes, worms, top water lures and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows, crank baits and night crawlers for walleye. Fishing was very good using liver, homemade dough baits and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 70s.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 6, 2015

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Trinidad Triggers, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.  
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Kit Carson Park, Taos
    • Las Vegas adult league games, evenings, city softball  complex
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Kit Carson Park, Taos


  • Killer gets 104-year sentence

    The man convicted of shooting his friend to death during a meth-fueled party in May of 2013 and then burning the victim’s body and an apartment to cover up the crime stood before District Judge Gerald Baca on Wednesday pleading for sympathy and mercy.

    “If I was in my right mind that night, none of this would have happened,” Montoya said during his sentencing hearing. “When you’re on meth, you’re not in your right mind. I didn’t think, I just acted. I was scared.”

  • ‘Outlaws’ to make Vegas debut - Lots on tap for Fiestas

    Las Vegas has a long history of outlaws, cowboys and the infamous Fourth of July Fiestas. Starting today the varied history will come together for a three-day celebration filled with music, dancing, food, gunfire, friends and family.

    This year’s fiestas will bring in the past with a current twist courtesy of the New Mexico Gunfighters Association. It will also feature new musical entertainment with the addition of the Texmaniacs, Rick Treviño, Flaco Jimenez and Grammy nominated Micky Cruz to the free entertainment at Plaza Park.

  • Civil forfeiture reform among new laws now in effect

    By Russell Contreras
    The  Associated Press

    A measure that keeps police from seizing money or assets from people unless convicted of a crime is one of many new laws that go into effect on Wednesday.

    The law, signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, is aimed at providing transparency and accountability of the civil forfeitures by police and providing protections to innocent property owners. New Mexico joins Minnesota in becoming one of the few states with strict civil forfeiture by law enforcement restrictions.

  • Looking Back - July 3, 2015

    In 1965

    Tuesday, July 6 — Mary Jane Rodriguez, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rodriguez, was crowned Fiesta Queen over the successful Rodeo-Fiesta celebration last weekend. Marty Dyche was crowned rodeo queen. Miss Rodriguez is a West Las Vegas High School; senior and former West Las Vegas High homecoming queen. Miss Dyche is the daughter of Mrs. Earl Dyche of Las Vegas.