Today's News

  • Editorial: How many guns do we need?

    Every time a derranged person — usually a male — notches some type of new low in terms of casualties in a mass shooting, it’s tempting to look at economics, weapons laws and mental health coverage for gaps and loopholes.

    It’s time to start looking at the sheer volume of weapons we are putting into circulaiton.

  • Soccer: Beasties push No. 1 Prep

    Unbeaten in nine matches and ranked No. 1 in Class 1A-4A girls’ soccer, Santa Fe Prep was the clear favorite at Robertson on Thursday.

    Still, the Blue Griffins had about as much trouble shaking Robertson off their trail as they did kicking the mud of RHS Field off their cleats. The Blue Griffins never were able to pull away in an eventual 3-1 defeat of the Lady Cardinals on Thursday evening.

    They improved to 9-0-1, while the Lady Cards slipped to 7-8.

  • Volleyball: Lineup changes don’t slow RHS

    It turns out the Robertson volleyball team doesn’t reserve its focus exclusively for fellow state heavyweights like Sandia Prep, St. Michael’s and Moriarty.

    The Lady Cardinals (11-2, 2-0) can also turn up the heat against lower-tier foes. That they did on Thursday night, sweeping Taos in a District 2-4A contest at Mike Marr Gym.

    “Our focus — each match — is to just take care of business,” said RHS head coach Stacy Fulgenzi. “I tell them we know what we have to do; it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

  • Go Fish — Oct. 8, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Fishing report, Sept. 26

    Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was slow.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 25.3 cfs. Fishing on the river was fair using worms, salmon eggs, pheasant tail nymphs and wooly buggers. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

  • Looking Ahead, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017


    Soccer: NMHU women at Regis, 5 p.m., Denver, Colo.; Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC fields, Montezuma.


    Football: Robertson (B) vs.Moriarty, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium; West Las Vegas (B) vs.Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex; Soccer: Robertson boys (B) and girls (B) at St. Michael’s, 3 p.m., Santa Fe; Volleyball: Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., TBA.


  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    Thursday, Oct. 12

    The 19th annual enchilada dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants to nonprofit groups in Las Vegas and the surrounding area will be held in the Flamingo Room at the Hillcrest Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the First United Presbyterian Church office (1000 Douglas Ave.), from Dr. Em Krall or at the door. For information, contact the church office at 505-425-7763.

    Thursday, Oct. 12

  • Noticias, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@ lasvegasoptic.com.

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Monday, Oct. 9, the court and all other San Miguel County offices will be closed in observance of Columbus Day.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

  • Does the City of Las Vegas have enough police officers?

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Years of debate have taken place between the City of Las Vegas and and its police department over what constitutes proper police staffing. The Optic decided to not only include some numbers from departments in similar-sized cities around the region, but also got feedback from police chiefs and other city officials about how they determine the proper amount of police to hire.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Money flowing to Pearce coffers

    SANTA FE — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce says his campaign for governor has raised more than $1 million in less than three months.

    Pearce said in a news release Thursday his campaign has received money from at least 930 contributors ahead of 2018 primary and general elections. The Pearce campaign has not yet made public its list of contributors and other detailed financial information due Monday at the Secretary of State’s Office.