Today's News

  • Mandate transparency

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting ill and having to go to a hospital for treatment or a procedure, then you’ve likely also experienced anxiety as you wonder what the ordeal is going to cost you.

    Sadly, when it comes to health care costs in New Mexico, consumers are pretty much in the dark until they get the bill in the mail. By then, the expense has already been incurred and there’s little to do but suck it up and fork out your portion of whatever that bill happens to be.

  • Work of Art: I are right, amn’t I?

    An inveterate verbophile, I’ve always been interested in words, what they mean, why they mean, why they can hurt and heal. Remember that bit of doggerel about “sticks and stones” that may “break my bones”?

  • Dons crush Ruidoso by 49 points

    The main question for West Las Vegas’ boys going into Monday’s makeup game with Ruidoso was how fatigued they might be, playing their fourth game in five days.

    The answer? Not enough for the Warriors’ liking.

    West broke a 17-17 tie with 24 consecutive points and held Ruidoso to six points in the second quarter en route to a 93-44 rout at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Five for fighting

    Robertson’s Rico Montoya, Diego Trujillo and Bubba Okundaye, West Las Vegas’ Sal Lopez and Pecos’ Nathaniel Ortiz each captured individual championships over the weekend in a strong showing for area wrestling teams.

    The Cardinals placed five in the finals of the Joe Vivian Classic, long regarded as the premier regular-season tournament in New Mexico, and finished fourth as a team. The tourney  was hosted at Cibola in Albuquerque.

  • Good start for HU track

    NMHU Sports Information

    LUBBOCK, Texas — The New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team, ranked ninth in the country, finished a successful opening weekend at the Texas Tech Open with eight NCAA qualifiers and a win from senior Elizabeth Robertson in the weight throw.

    “This was a good opening meet. We had some very good performances and we also had an opportunity to assess what we have to work on,” head coach Bob DeVries explained.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 21, 2015

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (B,C) at Pecos, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (C) at Pecos, 3 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., WLV
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Raton, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Problems persist at magistrate

    Las Vegas Optic

    Despite efforts to figure out what is making employees at San Miguel County Magistrate Court ill, the problem persists, prompting the court to close for all but the most critical business.

    Employees are once again experiencing headaches, nausea and irritation of the eye, nose and skin. That prompted officials to again close the courthouse last Tuesday.

    Officials don’t know how long the court will be closed.

  • A preview of the session

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Their priorities aren’t much different — lift New Mexico from the bottom of the nation’s education rankings, keep the state’s children safe and find a way to boost economic development and job creation.

    The best route for accomplishing those goals is what Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Legislature will be hashing out when the 60-day session begins Tuesday.

  • Suspect sought in robbery

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas police are looking for a man who shoved a woman as she was walking out of Wal-Mart last Sunday, and ran away with her purse.

    The robbery occurred at about 11:10 p.m. on Jan. 11. A report on the incident released on Friday identifies the victim as a Mary Lucero of Las Vegas, but it does not list her age.

    Lucero told police that as she was walking out of the store, a man shoved her and grabbed her purse. Paramedics were called to evaluate Lucero, who was shaken up and emotional.

  • Candidate forums set for this week

    In just a few weeks, voters will head to the polls to cast their vote in either the West Las Vegas School board or the Las Vegas City Schools board elections.

    In an effort to provide voters an opportunity to talk about the issues with the candidates, the local chapter of American Association of University Women and the Las Vegas Optic have joined forces for two candidate forums this week.