Today's News

  • Bustos brings Lobos to town

    Vera Jo Bustos had a few guests with her the last time she came back to her hometown.

    They were Jaisa Nunn, Antonia Anderson, Madi Washington and Aisa Robertson of the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team.

    Bustos, an assistant with the UNM women’s program for the last several years, accompanied the Lobo foursome to the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships April 21-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

  • Late picks key to draft success

    By Rob Maaddi
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — Eighteen starters in the last Super Bowl were selected in the fourth round or lower, including six players who didn’t get a call until the NFL draft was over.

    While first-round picks receive most of the attention and players chosen the first two days of the draft get more money and better job security, success on Day 3 of the draft often separates the elite teams from the good ones.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 27-29

    FRIDAY (April 27)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque 
    • Luna vs. Howard College (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • NMHU at Adams State, 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, TBA, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Luna vs. Midland College (DH), 1 p.m., WLV field 
    • Mora vs. Tucumcari (DH), 3 p.m., Mora

  • Highlands passes budget of more than $77 million

    In an April 5 meeting, the Highlands University Board of Regents approved a Fiscal Year 2019 budget that the NMHU president said will allow the university to move forward on a number of initiatives.

  • Suspicious bag discovered near train station

    A suspicious package was discovered Monday morning near the historic building that houses the Las Vegas Amtrak station and city offices, in the area of Lincoln or Railroad avenues.

    According to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police, an employee at the BNSF Railyard Depot saw a backpack chained to a gas line of a building. The bag and nature appeared suspicious, so Las Vegas Police were called.

  • Fiesta de vida

    Theresa Wesner photo
    Dancers from Mrs. Sarah’s Ballet and Jazz were among the many performers in Sunday’s 24th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Look for more photos from this highly attended event in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

  • Missing woman

    Dawn R. Sandoval lives in the Rio Rancho area but has strong ties to Las Vegas.

    As of press time Tuesday, she has been missing for more than one week.

    Her phone, vehicle and keys were found at her home.

    Anyone who has information about Sandoval’s whereabouts should call the Rio Rancho Police at 505-891-7226 or the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Hotline at 1-800-457-3463.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Thursday, April 26
    The Sobriety Familia Ball will take place at the Amistad y Resolana Outpatient Clinic, 713 Railroad Ave., Las Vegas, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Formal wear is optional. For information, call Amistad y Resolana at 505-425-2687.

    Thursday, April 26

    The Sunrise Kiwanis Club is holding its 31st annual barbecue fund raiser, silent auction, and drone rodeo from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the West Las Vegas High School cafeteria. Tickets are $12 per person.

    Thursday, April 26

  • How many are we, really?

    Tuning in to election results a few years back, I suddenly wondered how the radio management ever expected listeners to glean the vote tallies the way the partial results were being spilled out.

    I was passing through another New Mexico town at the time, and I tuned in the radio station. The on-duty announcer rattled off something like this:
    “Jones now has 113 votes; Smith has 257; Brown has 412; and Martinez has 73.” How much more complicated could the radioman have made this spilling out of the votes so far?

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.