Today's News

  • D-backs advance to NLDS

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — The Colorado Rockies had been resilient all season, scraping their way into the playoffs after the best start in franchise history fizzled.

    The Rockies were able to summon some of that resolve again in the NL wild-card game, but never could fully dig their way out of an early hole during an 11-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

  • Looking Ahead, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017


    Football: West Las Vegas vs. Santa Fe Indian, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex; Soccer: NMHU women at Metro State, 5 p.m., Denver, Colo.; Volleyball: NMHU vs. Western State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex; Memorial Middle School at Española tournament, TBA, Española.


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 6, 2017


    THUMBS UP: There was hilarity; there were moments of solemnity and of patriotism. But most of all, “European National Day” at the United World College was an evening well spent, last Saturday evening.

    The program, offered free to the public featured some 60 UWC students singing, acting, dancing, lip-syncing and clowning. Close to 30 fast-moving skits entertained the packed audience. In keeping with the “European” theme, students featured skits based on a number of countries across the Atlantic.

  • A crisis, a showdown and taking a knee

    Last week, there were three big news stories capturing people’s attention — two of which we need to pay attention to, the other worth following only if you’re entertained by all those trumpteets.

    When President Trump tweeted his vitriol about NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, he agitated an issue that’s not nearly as important as the escalation of tensions with North Korea and the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

  • Auditor’s office to mayor: don’t shred files

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While it will likely take some time before the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor comes up with reportable findings from the special audit it’s beginning of the City of Las Vegas, the office has already found it necessary to issue a written advisory to city officials.

  • A much-anticipated opening

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    Isaac and Shawna Sandoval are getting closer to opening day for their fast-casual restaurant.

    The Skillet is full of flair that sizzles like bacon frying in a cast- iron pan. Foodies will soon be able to chow down on old favorites and sample new menu items.

    The food truck with an attitude and funky decor is now a 90-seat restaurant and bar.

    The new digs will open soon in the old wool warehouse on 12th Street. Avant-garde art and a trendy ambiance invite diners to sit awhile.

  • A break in the rains

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    Robertson High School’s annual Homecoming events took place last week and over the weekend amid unusually rainy weather. The week was highlighted by the Cardinals’ 33-20 outlasting of Taos in Friday night’s muddy Homecoming football game. The skies held off long enough Friday for the Homecoming parade to be completed without being drenched.

  • Official cause released in boarding house death

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has determined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was the cause of death of a man taken who died January while living in a Las Vegas boarding house.

    Michael Whalen, 63, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he later died, on Jan. 19.

  • N.M. gets funding for home visiting program

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico has been awarded $3.5 million to continue providing home-visiting services to pregnant women and to parents with young children.
    The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
    Gov. Susana Martinez says the funding will help provide valuable information, resources and skills to at-risk families to ensure their children grow up physically and mentally healthy and ready to learn.
    The program targets pregnant women as early as possible, providing health education.
    One focus is prenatal care within the first trimester.