Today's News

  • Gallery 140 exhibit features photographs of New Mexico

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Arts Council is exhibiting photographs from northern New Mexico in a benefit show and sale through the end of the month.

    The show at Gallery 140 on Bridge Street is “New Mexico Places: Photography by June Bowers.”  It includes photographs of familiar buildings, landforms, streams, vehicles, and equipment from Tecolote, Chacon, Ocate, Romeroville, North Carmen, Ledoux, San Jose, Tres Piedras, and other nearby localities. Gallery 140 is at 140 Bridge Street and is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 17, 2017


    5:30 to 8 p.m.
    Samaritan House’s 40th year anniversary will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Montezuma Castle Ballroom.Tickets are available at Semilla, Traveler’s or the Samaritan House Main Office. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children. Table sponsors are also available. Auction items are being accepted at 220 Bernalillo St. For more information, call 454-1390.


    5:15 p.m.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 17, 2017
  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 17, 2017

    Congratulations to West Las Vegas senior D.J. Bustos, who officially broke the state high school basketball career scoring record at Pojoaque on Tuesday. Bustos passed Alfred Romero’s 1977 state record for career points.


  • Dispatch New Mexico - Could this be the year for capital outlay reform?

    Buried inside nearly a thousand proposals introduced so far this legislative session is a measure that could dramatically reshape how New Mexico spends its money and takes care of its infrastructure.

  • State wrestling this weekend in Rio

    Wrestlers from Robertson, West Las Vegas and Pecos are in Rio Rancho this weekend, vying for team and individual titles in the state championship tournaments at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Action begins at 9 a.m. (doors open at 8) Friday with first-round matches. Quarterfinals and consolation bracket bouts are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, more consolation matches and semifinals get under way at 9 a.m. The third-place and fifth-place matches are set for 1:30, with the championship finals starting at 4. Team awards presentations will follow around 7.

  • Robertson claims two district titles

    Robertson clinched the regular-season District 2-4A boys’ basketball title on Tuesday night with a 56-52 thriller at Taos.

    The Cardinals (15-7 overall, 6-1 in district) will host the 2-4A tournament final on Feb. 25 at Mike Marr Gym. It’s the second consecutive regular-season title for RHS and head coach Manuel Romero.

    Kasean Pryor made a living at the line down the stretch at Taos. The RHS sophomore swished nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter and 10 of 12 overall to score a team-high 17 points.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 17, 2017

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas boys (B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • State tournaments, 11 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    • LCC at Lamar Community College (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado School of Mines, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona

  • Dons’ forfeits upheld

    West Las Vegas will have to forfeit at least three boys’ basketball games after all, and in effect it may be four forfeited games, according to one of the plaintiffs in a case decided in district court.

    The decision came Monday morning after a daylong hearing Friday pitted coaches David Bustos and Steve Sandoval and their players against the New Mexico Activities Association in the courtroom of Judge Abigail Aragon.

    A final hearing in the matter is set for the morning of Feb. 21, but that will be the day the District 2-4A tournament is set to begin.

  • Flamenco performance at Plaza Hotel on Saturday

    By Susan Vander Meer
    One Roof Publishing

    Ronald Maltais, artistic director for the Castañeda Concert series, recently announced the next two performances, the first of which will take place at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday in the Plaza Hotel Ballroom.

    The performance showcases Flamenco musicians and dancers. The third concert in the series will be at 3 p.m. on May 7 at Ilfeld Auditorium with violinist Elizabeth Young, cellist Dana Winograd, percussionist Ralph Marquez and Maltais at the piano.