Today's News

  • Meadow City Invite

    Robertson and West Las Vegas boys’ teams finished second and third, respectively, in Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational.

    St. Mike’s won the boys’ team title.

    Clayton was the big winner on the girls’ side, with West fourth and Robertson seventh.

    The Mora boys and girls both placed ninth.

    See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more on the meet.

  • City firefighters address audit findings publicly

    Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council work session didn't have much planned for discussion.

    It was an unscheduled contribution, during the public input period, that attempted to provide clarity on concerns raised during a recently released special audit.

  • A global sport: UWC embraces rugby as an activity of choice

    By Dave Wheelock
    Special to the Optic

    A dozen or so teenage women stand close together on the grass, listening intently to the young man offering real-world advice in an African accent.

    Each is clad in the navy blue jerseys, shorts, and knee stockings of the Montezuma Rugby Club, and all are students at the United World College near Las Vegas, New Mexico. One girl wears a Muslim hijab and leggings. None of the girls has ever played in a “live” rugby match before today.

  • Rangers play 21

    An eight-run third inning for Mora combined with a shutout by three Ranger pitchers spelled a 21-0 romp against Questa this past Wednesday.

    Mora (7-2 and ranked second in Class 2A baseball by the latest NMOTSC.com coaches' poll) recorded 12 hits, with Javier Branch going 3 for 5 to lead the way. Gene Hern, Kenny Martinez and Roddy Martinez also had multiple hits.

    Alonzo Aragon, Branch, Devondre Cordova, Hern and Roddy Martinez each drove in runs in the runaway third.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 15-17

    SUNDAY (April 15)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, noon, Brandt Park
    • La Plaza Little League opening day, games starting 9 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.


  • Wrong-way I-25 driver nearly causes head-on collision

    A 51-year-old Ft. Collins, Colo., man was arrested recently for DWI, fourth offense, and other charges after traveling the wrong way on I-25.

    According to New Mexico State Police reports, officers were dispatched about 1:50 p.m. on April 1 to stop a wrong-way driver traveling on I-25 near milepost 373 near Mora County, where a head-on collision had nearly occurred.

    One of the parties called the NMSP to report the near collision and dispatch informed the officers.

  • S.F. foundation invests in Plaza, Castañeda

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE —  The Santa Fe Community Foundation is now a small part owner of the Plaza Hotel and La Castañeda Hotel in Las Vegas after investing part of the dedicated funds from their Impact Investing Initiative.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, April 13, 2018

    Saturday, April 14
    The Amor de La Tierra Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. at Traveler’s Cafe on the Las Vegas Plaza. Contact Nina Marquez Johns, ninamjohns@gmail.com or 505-425-5239, for information.

    Saturday, April 14

  • Poll shows New Mexicans want reforms

    In 2016, Americans threw a hand grenade into the nation’s body politic. Fed up with politicians in general and suffering from misinformation running amuck on social media, Donald Trump became that grenade and we’ve been dealing the consequences ever since.

  • Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, April 13, 2018

    To some, balloons represent flying to the heavens — a way to honor those no longer with us. To others, it’s merely a way to symbolize a happy event or celebration, and florists and gift shops recognize this.
    However, Sunday afternoon, balloons represented an enemy of the local electrical grid. PNM said balloons were the cause a of a power outage that affected about 2,000 customers in Las Vegas and the surrounding area to the north.