Today's News

  • Work of Art: A great dad-son combo

    The cause of much consternation as we returned from our summer break to resume classwork at Immaculate Conception School in 1954 was whether the bulk we’d acquired during vacation had magically slipped away. That was the time we returned as freshmen to the homeroom of Sister Mary Missa Massa.

    The baby fat we thought we’d exchanged for muscle just wasn’t there. Here’s what happened:

  • Outlaws start youth football slate with wins

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Las Vegas Outlaws 7-8 and 9-10 teams both opened the 2015 fall season of the Northern New Mexico Children Football League with wins.

    The 7-8 Outlaws beat up on the NMCFL spring flag champion Santa Fe Venom 20-0. Scoring for the young Outlaws: C.J. Perea with two rushing touchdowns and Ethan Tafoya with one.

    “We had a great day of blocking by our offensive line; without those boys we wouldn’t score a point,” said head coach Carlos Perea.

  • Dons football team pushing forward

    There was a time in the fall of 2014 when the West Las Vegas football team found itself trailing Pojoaque Valley on the road, 21-0.

    “There would’ve been times (in years prior) when they would’ve given up at that point,” said WLV head coach Adrian Gonzales. “They would’ve thought ‘We can’t come back.’”

    Not this time.

    The Dons dug deep and rallied, somehow making a game of it before falling by just two points, 21-19, to the favored Elks.

  • Hold on, cowboy
  • Isotopes saluting fans this week at The Lab

    With the summer fading and another season of Pacific Coast League baseball waning, the Albuquerque Isotopes organization is inviting fans to one last hurrah.

    As the Isotopes conclude their final home- stand this week, the team and its sponsors are treating spectators to several promotional giveaways  and a couple of their popular fireworks shows.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 26, 2015

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU women vs. University of the Southwest, 1 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Mora Middle School vs. Questa, 4 p.m., Mora

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Monte del Sol, 3 and 5 p.m., RHS field


  • Making a comeback - City police once again using Tasers

    Five years after then-Las Vegas police chief Gary Gold suspended the use of Tasers amid mounting criticism about their use, the devices have made a comeback to the Las Vegas Police Department.

    With the help of District Attorney Richard Flores’ office, the Las Vegas Police Department has launched a pilot program, purchasing four bright yellow Tasers. The Tasers, which are electroshock weapons, have been handed out to a lieutenant and three sergeants who supervise street officers.

  • Asbestos work planned at Municipal Court

    The city of Las Vegas has hired a contractor to conduct asbestos remediation work at Municipal Court, which is housed in a city building at 727 Grand Ave., that is also home to the city museum.

    City Manager Elmer Martinez said work would begin once the state issues a permit for the project. Once the permit is issued and the work begins, the project will likely take two or two-and-a-half weeks to complete.

  • Talk on small town economies is Tuesday

    By Sharon Vander Meer

    Can small towns be cool? That’s the topic of a presentation by David Ivan, Ph.D., director of Michigan State University Extension, in Lansing, Mich. The “Economic Development in Small Rural Communities” forum will take place on Tuesday in the Plaza Hotel events room beginning at 11:45 a.m. Ivan is the keynote speaker. Also on the program is Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development, who will talk about economic sustainability from a New Mexico rural development perspective.

  • HU student helps develop LANL exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The science behind Arctic climate change will be more approachable at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Bradbury Science Museum, thanks to videos produced by a Highlands University media arts student.