Today's News

  • Vegas man charged with 7th DUI

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas police arrested a local man on his seventh DUI on Monday after he refused to submit to chemical testing.

  • 52,000 youths have had parent imprisoned

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — One in 10 New Mexico youths  have had a parent serve time behind bars at some point during their childhood as the state’s incarceration rate increased in recent years, a report released Monday said.

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows 52,000 children in New Mexico have had a parent jailed or in prison, and the state is one of six where 10 percent of youth have had an incarcerated parent.

    Nationwide, more than 5 million children — or 7 percent — have had a parent behind bars.

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 27, 2016
  • Editorial: The candidates and health care

    Editor’s note: This editorial is from The New York Times and was originally published on April 19.

    “Disaster.” ‘’Incredible economic burden.” ‘’The biggest job-killer in this country.”

    Central to the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has been the claim that the Affordable Care Act has been a complete failure, and that the only way to save the country from this scourge is to replace it with something they design.

  • A work of Art: The slimmest of margins

    The recent death of Wagon Mound’s admired and beloved basketball coach, Alfred Romero, 93, has caused many folks — especially sports fanatics in New Mexico — to ponder many of his teams’ accomplishments.

    This is not intended to duplicate the obituary that appeared in the Optic and other newspapers, nor does it pretend to be an insider’s view of the man’s coaching career.

  • Weather April 27, 2016


    HIGH 66° / LOW 37°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Wednesday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind 15 to 20 mph becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the evening.

    6:13 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.



  • Looking Back April 27, 2015

    Friday, April 22, 1966 — Registration records at the San Miguel County Courthouse show 7,874 Democrats, 3,163 Republicans and 472 Independents presently on the books. Precinct 5B, Las Vegas North (West Las Vegas) with 766 voters, is the precinct with the most voters registered.

  • Don tracksters runners-up in Taos Relays

    Adding to their recent stretch of strong performances, West Las Vegas’ boys finished second to host Taos in this past Saturday’s Taos Tiger Relays.

    Taos won handily with 179.5 team points in the boys’ standings, but West outpointed St. Michael’s, Pojoaque Valley and the rest of the field with 79 points. Robertson was sixth with 36.

  • Vatos Advance

    Las Vegas Optic

    One week after reaching the National Small College Rugby Organization’s Elite Eight, the Vatos of NMHU punched their ticket to a second-straight nationals appearance in sevens rugby.

    The Vatos won a qualifier this past weekend in Wayne, Neb., and will have a chance to defend their NSCRO sevens national championship on June 4-5 in Philadelphia.

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  • Mora sluggers on the rise

    Mora baseball is an overnight success that’s been years in the making.

    The Rangers, coached by Manuel Benavidez, have built a record of 13-4 overall and 9-1 in district. Mora is coming off a sweep of Cimarron, 7-6 and 14-1 in five innings, and the team is eyeing a serious run at the district title and a spot in the eight-team Class 2A state tournament.

    This might be a breakthrough year. But it’s been a gradual, deliberate climb for a program that continues to toil in the shadow of the valley’s first love — basketball.