Today's News

  • Noticias, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

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

    • 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.

    • The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers to Prepare and serve lunch on Thursdays. It is an ecumenical ministry. All are welcome. Call 425-7283 for information.

  • Football previews: Homecoming, times two

    Homecoming games for both West Las Vegas and New Mexico Highlands highlight the weekend in prep football, while the unbeaten Robertson Cardinals travel to face perhaps their toughest Class 4A opponent to date this season.

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    The Dons and head coach Adrian Gonzales take on Albuquerque Academy on Friday night, with an early (6 p.m.) kickoff scheduled for the renovated Herrera Complex, which has an expanded new bleacher section and press box on its west side.

  • Sports roundup: Class 4A volleyball powers collide

    On paper, at least, this was a battle of titans, a potential state tournament preview. On the court, it was more a showcase for Robertson volleyball.

    The host Lady Cardinals won the first two sets before settling for a 3-1 victory over Moriarty on Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym. The contest pitted RHS, the Class 4A state runner-up from this past November’s state tourney, against a Lady Pintos squad ranked as high as No. 3 in the classification.

  • Sports: Looking Ahead


    Cross country: Memorial Middle School at Taos, 3 p.m., Taos

    Football: Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso; West Las Vegas vs. Albuquerque Academy (Homecoming), 6 p.m., Herrera Complex; Soccer: NMHU women vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Eco Park, Taos; Volleyball: NMHU vs. Colorado School of Mines, 5 p.m. (new time), Wilson Complex: Robertson at Santa Fe tournament, TBA, Santa Fe


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 15, 2017


    Tomás E. Salazar has made the northern New Mexico community proud. The native of the tiny community of Chapelle is in his fifth year of service as Dist. 70 state representative. This year, he is being honored as a Highlands Distinguished Alumnus. In addition to service as dean and faculty member at Highlands University, Salazar has taught at Fort Lewis College in Durango and in high schools around the state.

  • In crises, humanity always rises to the top

    So much in life depends on our perspective. The glass can be half-empty or half-full, depending on how we choose to see it.

    Hurricane Harvey is one terrible example. It destroyed lives and property, and yet in its aftermath, humanity came to the rescue. In one place along, more than 600 miles away, an estimated 40,000 pounds of water and food were raised in a matter of days, and tons of bread in a matter of hours, simply because a few people put out a call to help.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

  • New Mexico's longest-serving senator dies

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico lawmakers and others are remembering former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici as someone who was known for putting politics aside and building relationships on both sides of the aisle.

    Domenici died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital. He was 85.

  • Homecoming parades set for Friday, Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    West Las Vegas High School and Highlands University are both hosting Homecoming parades this week. West will host its parade Friday, with an 11:30 a.m. lineup for the 1 p.m. parade An exact route wasn’t available at press time, but the route typically involves the area around the high school and Bridge Street, as well as Sixth Street and Lowe’s Grocery shopping center on Mills Avenue. Highlands’ parade is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Friedman Avenue. 

  • Community meeting in El Valle on Thursday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Thursday, the San Miguel County Planning Committee will host the latest in its series of public community meetings to gather input on its new comprehensive plan.

    Thursday’s meeting will take place at Valley Middle School in El Valle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    For information, go to www.co.sanmiguel.nm.us or contact Alex Tafoya at 505-454-1074.