Today's News

  • Robbery victim kidnapped, forced to strip

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was taken to jail last week after Las Vegas Police say he and another man forced a third man to strip naked at gunpoint while committing a robbery — even though the victim was apparently also provided heroin by the accused.

  • Highlands set to celebrate with parade and much more

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Homecoming is getting under way slightly earlier than usual at Highlands University — but the variety of events and activities will still be vast. This year’s NMHU Homecoming festivities begin Friday and continue through Sept. 17.

  • City Lodgers board makes recommendation

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    In Tuesday’s two-hour, 15-minute special meeting, the City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax Advisory Board didn’t do a lot of voting or creating of recommendations.

    However, it cleared up a number of responsibility-sharing questions involving the role of the board versus those of various city staff and the Las Vegas City Council, and did make one concrete short-term recommendation on how to distribute lodgers tax funds.

  • Area roundup: Montoya scores five in rout

    Maricela Montoya was a force to behold on Tuesday, rocking the Santa Fe Indian School defense for five goals and one assist as Robertson cruised to a 10-0 shutout in girls’ soccer at RHS Field.

    The Lady Cardinal sophomore has scored eight this season — second on the team behind sister Gabriella’s 11.

  • Dons visit No. 1 Portales; RHS hosts Lions

    With early games against a top-five Class 4A Moriarty team and 5A Grants on the road, it hasn’t been an easy schedule for West Las Vegas’ football team.

    Now the Dons get to visit defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Portales.

    Portales is 2-0 after routing Texico 41-0 on the Wolverines’ home field and doubling up Lovington 42-21. Head coach Jaime Ramirez has led his Rams to 25 wins in the last 27 games, including a 43-14 victory over Robertson in the state championship game Dec. 3 in Portales.

  • Highlands’ Kurui earns major honor

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Collins Kurui of New Mexico Highlands University has been named one of the national athletes of the week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Kurui is a junior from Iten, Kenya.

    He raced to victory with a time of 15:24 in this past Saturday’s Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque. In doing so, he beat a field of NCAA Division I and II competitors from host UNM as well as Texas-El Paso, NMSU and Fresno State.

  • Fundraiser set up for Luna softball player

    A GoFundMe account has been established for a Luna Community College softball student-athlete who was hospitalized after a recent vehicle crash.

    Sierra Gonzalez, a native of the Las Cruces area and a prep standout at Oñate High, was one of several individuals injured during the reported rollover Aug. 24 on Interstate 25 near Socorro.

    Fundraisers, including the online account “Support for Sierra & Lee Anne” accepting donations, have been taking place in the past couple of weeks.

  • Hall of Fame seeks voter input

    The popular vote may not be the deciding factor in U.S. presidential elections, but it will have influence on who gets inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame this year.

    This year’s pool of 80 candidates includes an array of individuals with ties to the Meadow City. According to the NMSHOF, this will be the fourth time in the organization’s 45-year history that it will open balloting to the public.

  • Mora County sues opioid manufacturers

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic editor

    Mora County is not the biggest place with the most resources. In fact, it's the sixth smallest county in New Mexico, both in area and population.

    However, the small county has decided it has had enough of a enormous problem and is trying to take the lead in tackling it. An Albuquerque law firm, in a recent news release, claims Mora County has become the first New Mexico governmental entity to seek damages against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain killers.

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