Today's News

  • Looking Back - Sept. 21, 2016

    Friday, Sept. 16, 1966 — Cowboy head coach Jack Scofield has nothing but praise for his team. “In Chuck Cazalas, Carl Garrett, Bennie Cortez and Grady Herold, we have one of the finest small college backfields in the nation. Last season Cazalas set a new season rushing record at Highlands, carrying the ball 164 times for a 988-yard net. Cortez also set a school record last season, his category being scoring. He ran 10 TDs and scored three extra points for 63 points,” Scofield said.

  • Group forms

    Submitted to the Optic

    A group of Las Vegas women have joined the New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women by establishing a new San Miguel County chapter, and electing a leadership board last month. The goal of the organization is to encourage the involvement of women in political processes at the local, state and national levels.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 21, 2016

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    Upcoming & Ongoing
    Sept. 23 to Sept. 25
    The 1981 Class Reunion from West Las Vegas will be Sept. 23 to Sept. 25. Contact Edye Lujan-Trujillo at 429-7929 for information.

    Sept. 24

  • Voters have a right to know

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Republican in Springfield (Mass.), and was originally published on Sept. 16.

    Hillary Clinton got a note from her doctor. And Donald Trump appeared on some TV show and yakked about his well-being.

    Each would now have the citizens believe that they’ve sufficiently addressed questions about their health. But both are wrong. What they’ve done is better than nothing, but a candidate for the highest office in the land cannot get by with better than nothing.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 21, 2016
  • Work of Art: Time is money — and then some

    Remember when a nickel would buy us a candy bar or a bottle of pop? And even a penny amounted to something when inserted into a gumball machine. I recall that the Coke machine in the mechanics’ area at B.M. Werley Auto Company, the Ford dealership on Grand and University, got rid of possibly the last nickel pop machine in town, charging a dime for the “new and improved” product.  

    And the jerks that replaced the machine didn’t even provide a bottle larger than the six-ounce drink we received.

  • 2 fast - Rushers lead Cards, Dons to decisive victories; Highlands has forgettable showing in Flagstaff

    Darion Williams rushed for 334 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, trampling the well-manicured lawn at Albuquerque Academy and leading West Las Vegas to a 56-23 win.

    The Dons are 3-1 as they head into homecoming week and the start of the District 2-4A schedule.

  • Coca strides to win at Manzano

    A cross country race turned into a dogfight, but on this Saturday morning, Miguel Coca was the baddest dog around.

    The West Las Vegas junior outkicked foes from Albuquerque High and Sandia to crash the finish line in a winning time of 16:13 to highlight the Manzano Invitational.

    Coca’s effort led the Dons to a fifth place team finish.

    “He ran tough; he ran smart,” said WLV head coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo. “He started behind (the front of the pack) and made his move.”

  • Beasties blank Bernalillo 7-0

    Gabriella Montoya and Maricela Montoya scored two goals apiece and added two assists each as Robertson bashed Bernalillo 7-0 in girls’ soccer Saturday morning at RHS Field.

    Leann Salazar had two goals and one assist, and Victoria Valdez chipped in one goal and an assist for the Lady Cardinals AKA Beastie Girls (5-2-2 overall).

    Kaelee Montaño, Miranda Montoya and Brooke Vigil were each credited with assists.

    Robertson controlled the ball well through the midfield and back line, meaning few scoring chances for the Spartans.

  • Lady Dons take down Aztec

    West Las Vegas earned its second volleyball win of the fall over the weekend, dropping Aztec in three sets on the road.
    Game scores were 25-16, 25-15, 26-24.

    The Lady Dons, who host Socorro in a homecoming match Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym, improved to 2-5 under first-year head coach Elizabeth Ulibarri.

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    Robertson finished eighth in the Gold bracket of this past weekend’s Santa Fe tournament.