Today's News

  • Work of Art: A subtle death wish?

    What were they thinking? They are young — probably pre-pubescent — boys who almost caused my workout partner to reduce Las Vegas’ population by three.

    Let me explain:

  • Polls: Dons stay put at No. 2

    Idle this past weekend, the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team (5-0) held on to its No. 2 ranking among Class 4A schools in this week’s NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll.

    David Bustos’ Dons — whose most recent action was a championship win in the Al Armendariz Classic on Dec. 6 at Capital — have some Meadow City company in the polls.

  • Montoya triumphs in Jaguar Invite

    SANTA FE — Rico Montoya had three opponents try to upset him in this past Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.

    None of them made it to the end of the first period.

    The Robertson senior, who is seeking to join the most elite of New Mexico wrestling fraternities  by winning a fifth state championship this winter, began that quest with three quick pins and a title in the Capital High tournament.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 17, 2014

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Valley

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española

  • Gold, Alderete not running

    Longtime board members Gary Gold and Felix Alderete won’t be filing for their prospective seats on Tuesday.

    Gold has served on the West Las Vegas School board for two terms while Alderete has served on the Las Vegas City Schools board since 2011.

    Both Gold and Alderete told the Optic they would not be seeking re-election. Alderete declined to elabotate on his reasons for not seeking re-election.

  • Powering up - BTU store boasts green energy

    Green energy is the name of the game when it comes to the new addition at local family-owned BTU.

    Friday morning, roughly 30 people attended a “ribbon” cutting at the local store in celebration of their business’ recent acquisition of the largest commercial solar system in the city.

    The system was installed by Sapello based Energy Concepts.

  • Vegas man gets 12 years for robberies

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man who went on a two-day crime spree in San Miguel and Sandoval Counties in 2011 was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 12 years in federal prison for his crimes.

    Daniel Lujan, 24, must also pay $51,617.09 in restitution to the victims of his crimes, a federal judge has decided. And Lujan will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence.

    Lujan pleaded guilty to a four-count robbery indictment in August. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis E. Valencia.

  • Overdose deaths down in state

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says the rate of deaths from drug overdoses in New Mexico has dropped significantly.
    Martinez said Friday that New Mexico did not rank first or second nationally for drug overdose fatality rates for the first time since 1992.

    Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates New Mexico’s rate fell 16 percent between 2011 and 2013.

    New Mexico’s rate is now behind West Virginia and Kentucky.

  • Report revives legal debate on interrogation

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical.

  • Fewer cleanup funds in budget bill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Recovery efforts stemming from a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository could get a $100 million boost in federal funding under a budget measure pending in Congress.

    The U.S. Senate was expected to vote on the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill Friday, a day after it narrowly passed the House.