Today's News

  • Quarterfinals tough on local teams

    The Pecos Panthers, defending champs in Class 3A boys’ basketball, punched their return ticket to the final four on Wednesday night, bouncing Cuba 70-43 in a quarterfinal held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, after this week's quarterfinals, the Panthers were the only Optic-area team left in the state tournament.

  • Cowgirl foursome at indoor nationals

    Four Cowgirl track and field athletes will represent New Mexico Highlands University at this weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor national Championships in Pittsburg, Kans.

    Tashay Hunter, Annie Topal, Kristal Robertson and Osheen Erskine will compete at the NCAA meet this Friday and Saturday

  • Cowgirl softball sweeps Eastern

    Sometimes all it takes is a trip back home to make things better.

    Highlands’ softball team doubled its season win total Tuesday afternoon by sweeping a solid Eastern New Mexico program 9-7 and 9-1 at Cowgirl Field. It was the Cowgirls’ home debut after opening with 14 games on the road.

    Two of those 14 games were a doubleheader that Eastern swept on Feb. 20 in Portales.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 9-10

    FRIDAY (March 9)

    • Luna at Odessa College (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    • Class 3A state tournament final, teams TBA, 1:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 4A state tournament final, teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Luna vs. Dawson Community College (DH), noon, WLV field

  • Fiestas to cover six days this year

    Even though there are nearly four months to go until the first musical notes emanate from the Las Vegas Plaza as part of Fiestas de Las Vegas, planning is well under way, with some important dates and times established.

  • Highlands responds to union criticism

    It’s one of the oldest dispute in organized labor: a union says management has access to more money, as evidenced by salaries and new fancy things; management says its new or revamped items came from such-and-such a source.

  • Las Vegas Council races both headed to runoff

    Both Las Vegas City Council races will be part of an April 17 runoff election after no one candidate in either Ward 1 or Ward 4 captured more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.

  • Ballots in

    Voters in Las Vegas and Pecos went to the polls Tuesday, including Flora Aragon, shown here inserting a ballot into a machine under the watchful gaze of poll clerk Ramon Chavez.

    Results from municipal elections will be published on lasvegasoptic.com and in our Friday print edition.

  • City announces clean-up / trash amnesty dates

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The 2018 City of Las Vegas clean-up and trash amnesty days were recently announced.

    Each voting ward in the city will have its own community trash clean-up day and trash amnesty day in March and April.

    Clean-up days begin with a sign-in at the meeting place at 8:45 a.m. Trash pick-up is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and lunch is provided at the meeting place at noon.

    Community members are encouraged to call the Solid Waste Department in advance at 505-426-0350 to report locations in need of cleaning.

  • Gov. signing slew of bills into law

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she will sign a bill increasing the minimum salaries for teachers statewide.
    Martinez’s proclamation comes the same year lawmakers approved an average raise of 2.5 percent for teachers.

    The signing would be on the heels of a number of bills she’s signed in the past couple of weeks since the 2018 30-day legislative session ended.

    Any bill Martinez does not sign by this week’s deadline automatically will be vetoed.