Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoons Jan. 29, 2016
  • Looking Back Jan. 29, 2015

    Friday, Jan. 28, 1966 — The large balloon carrying instruments which was supposed to come to the ground some 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas late Thursday afternoon went astray. The upper winds were more westerly than southwesterly, apparently for the Las Vegas FAA flight service station said late Thursday that the balloon and load had come to rest about 35 miles northwest of Guthrie, Texas, at 4:26 p.m. Thursday.

  • Weather Jan. 29, 2016


    HIGH 58° / LOW 32°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Friday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

    7:03 a.m. to 5:25 p.m.



    HIGH 57° / LOW 34°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 34.

    7:02 a.m. to 5:26 p.m.


  • AAUW awards scholarships to two Highlands students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two women students attending Highlands University will have a lighter financial load, thanks to the local branch of the American Association of University Women.  

    Leticia Merrills-Gonzalez and Eliza Montoya have each received $1,000 from the AAUW Las Vegas Branch, funds raised through the group’s twice-yearly used book sales.

  • Que Pasa Jan. 29, 2016

    1 to 3:30 p.m.
    Eighth Annual Literacy Fair will take place at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. This event is sponsored by The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the LV Arts Council. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dorothy T. Maestas at 454-0005.

  • Quintana sets marks for Cowgirls

    Las Vegas Optic

    Jayme Quintana, who once starred for West Las Vegas in golf and basketball as well as track and field, broke new ground in her collegiate career this past weekend.

    Quintana reportedly set a school record for New Mexico Highlands University’s women in the 600-meter run as part of the Cherry & Silver Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

    Quintana finished 10th individually with a time of 1:38.3. That time eclipsed M.J. Oheue’s record set in 2014, according to the school.

  • Cardinal Classic in town

    Finally, the Robertson wrestling team will be competing on its own mats this weekend.

    The annual Cardinal Classic gets under way early Friday, and the two-day tournament should wrap up late Saturday afternoon at Mike Marr Gym.

    More than two dozen teams from across New Mexico are expected to vie for championships and log ample mat time in one of the last grappling events of the regular season.

  • Going long

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice — or maybe three times or six — and it’s shame on me.

    Robertson’s Samantha Montaño found an open shot in 3-point range along the right wing early in Wednesday night’s basketball game with visiting Mora. She stopped her dribble and fired.


  • Looking Ahead-Sports Jan. 29, 2016


  • Local wins $10K scholarship

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Shannon Crespin is chasing her dream of becoming an actress on Broadway.

    The 21-year-old recently received a $10,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy during the annual International Model and Talent Association’s competition in Los Angeles.