Today's News

  • Tuesday's gone with the wind

    Maybe the 76 mph peak wind gusts should be considered part of the home-field advantage.

    Robertson and West Las Vegas baseball and softball teams all hosted games on Tuesday afternoon despite extreme windy conditions — and all four local squads came out victorious.

    To be sure, the wind did plenty of damage. As the Optic reported, the gusts tore chunks of roofing materials off local buildings, and they created havoc with power lines and electrical currents.

  • Little Leagues open seasons

    Both local Little Leagues opened their seasons with emotional tributes this past weekend.
    Las Vegas Little League, dedicating its season to the late Lacy Houdek and brothers Tom and John Gallegos on behalf of their supportive family, kicked off on Saturday morning at Keyes Park.

    La Plaza Little League honored three families at its opening ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Rodriguez Park. The season was dedicated to Art Archuleta, Tony Lopez and Manuel Ortega, with salutes to the Archuleta, Lopez and Ortega families.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 20-21

    FRIDAY (April 20)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 8:05 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.
    • Luna at New Mexico Junior College (DH), noon, Hobbs
    • Mora vs. Mesa Vista, 4 p.m., Mora
    • Las Vegas Little League games, TBA, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Luna at El Paso CC (DH), 1 p.m., El Paso, Texas 
    • Pecos vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos

  • Go Fish: Friday, April 20

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Monastery Lake: Jonah Montano, age 7, of Belen, caught three rainbow trout Apr. 14. He was fishing with his dad and nino and using orange PowerBait.

  • New clinic staff tells Council about anti-opioid plans

    Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting brought out emotions in a number of ways. 

  • Balderas brings powerful message about opioids

    An April 7 event at Highlands University allowed an everyday citizen to tell his own personal horror story about drug addiction.

    New Mexico Attorney General and Wagon Mound native Hector Balderas and several state-level and local officials, government and nonprofit stakeholders and members of the community participated in a unique event held in Project OPEN, which stands for opioid prevention and education network, is holding events around the state geared to keep a dialogue going between law enforcement, DWI program personnel and sober members of the community.

  • Wind wreaks havoc on travel, buildings, vehicles

    Winds clocked as strong as 79 mph ripped apart materials and nature in San Miguel County on Tuesday, creating some of the greatest damage in New Mexico during a region-wide wind event.

    The Las Vegas Fire Department and utility services reported at least three power lines. One of the downed power lines was near the Highlands University Newman Chapel, which had a large portion of its roof ripped off by the wind.

  • Ulibarri retains seat; Romero wins father's seat on Council

    David Ulibarri hung on to his Ward 1 seat in Tuesday's runoff election, while David G. Romero will succeed his father in Ward 4, according to unofficial Las Vegas City Council results released at City Hall on Tuesday evening.

    Ulibarri beat challenger Oliver L'Esperance by only 28 votes, 245 to 217, in Tuesday's Ward 1 runoff. Romero edged Carla Benavidez by an even slimmer margin in Ward 4, winning unofficially by a 280 to 263 count.

  • Nuestra cultura

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The 24th annual New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad brings music and dance center stage back to Ilfeld Auditorium — on a different day of the week and time from when it’s been held in past years.

    The fiesta, a collection of local cultural music, has typically been held on Friday or Saturday nights in March or April. This year’s event is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Will WLV Middle School project make Friday’s deadline?

    Even though the renovations on West Las Vegas Middle School were set to be completed this week, that date may change.

    During his report to the West Las Vegas School Board at its regular monthly meeting on April 12, Jerry Maestas, facilities manager told the Board that the contractors would be asking for additional days to finish the work