Today's News

  • Needing an enemy

    By Mark Shields, political analyst and commentator for the PBS NewsHour since 1988.

    Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.”

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

  • Stolen car chased to Roy area, couple arrested

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    New Mexico State Police charged a Colorado man and woman with several felony charges after a report of a stolen vehicle from a Las Vegas gas station led to a 50-mile chase and search. Renaldo Reese, 30, and Jacqueline Rodarte, 34, both of Denver, were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last week on several charges.

  • Cowboys breeze past Rams for homecoming win

    For the first time in five years, New Mexico Highlands' football team is off to a 2-1 start.

    The Cowboys crushed Texas Wesleyan, a school that just reintroduced football to its campus after decades without, by a 42-7 count on a balmy Saturday afternoon at the Herrera Complex.

    It was the first homecoming victory for NMHU since 2014 and the team's largest margin of victory since Sept. 27 of that year.

  • Friday night football: Dons, Cards triumph

    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.

    Meanwhile, the No. 2 ranked Robertson Cardinals surged past host Ruidoso 42-28, overcoming first-half deficits with a strong second half.

  • Homecoming fun

    A full week of theme days was capped by Friday’s West Las Vegas High School Homecoming parade and football game against Albuquerque Academy. Highlands University also had Homecoming events scheduled for last week and this weekend.

    See upcoming issues of the Optic for photos of Homecoming for West Las Vegas and Highlands.

  • County hires attorney, jail warden

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    After nearly two months without a full-time warden at its detention center — and longer since it’s had a full-time attorney — San Miguel County has filled the two key positions. At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the county’s Board of Commissioners approved contracts with Dave Romero Jr. as the county attorney and Matthew Elwell as the warden of San Miguel Adult Detention Center.

  • Man pulled knife on teens, police say

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with four counts each of child abuse and aggravated assault with the use of a deadly weapon after police say he threatened four teenage boys.

  • Mayor, councilor spar during session

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While there were no votes taken during Wednesday’s City of Las Vegas work session, there were angry words exchanged between the mayor and a city councilor over training of workers to use equipment.

  • Distinguished Highlands alumnus: Loretta Salazar

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

    Loretta Salazar’s career as a leader in bilingual education spans 40 years. Her tenure with the Highlands School of Education was from 1992 to 2013, when she directed the Bilingual Education Program and Teaching English as a Second Language Program.