Today's News

  • Green, gold and smiling

    Preciosa America Chavez was named senior queen and Isaiah Paiz was voted senior king as part of last week’s 2018 West Las Vegas High Homecoming events.

    The pair and other Homecoming royalty were crowned at halftime of Friday’s WLV varsity football game against Clayton, which the Dons won, 50-0, by mercy rule.

  • City Schools on display

    Las Vegas City Schools has had several recent opportunities to show off its extra-curricular prowess on state and national stages. Mariachi Cardinal traveled to California, where it performed in Disney’s Adventure Land and Universal Studios Hollywood.

    The Robertson High Red Wave Band took first place in the high school division for the fifth time in the past seven years, as well as winning the Judges Choice award, at the New Mexico State Fair Parade in September.

    Student art work was on display at the State Fair as well.

  • Mora festival expands

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The third annual Mora Fall Festival has several new events this year.

    A family with a long history in Mora loved the idea of a family-friendly event highlighting education, and old-fashioned fun. They contacted and sponsored Explora Children’s Science Museum to come to the Mora Fall Festival, set to take place Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to 6 p.m.

    “It keeps getting better with more invested partners,” organizer Anita Moss said, regarding the Festival lineup.

  • Highlands Homecoming kicks off next week

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University’s homecoming festivities kick off Oct. 10 and continue through Oct. 21.

    The theme for homecoming this year is “Celebrating 125 Years – Highlands Strong” in commemoration of the university’s quasquicentennial.

    “Highlands has been a vital part of the Las Vegas community for 125 years and we also have roots now in our statewide centers,” said Juli Salman, Alumni Affairs director and H:125 committee chair.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Wednesday, Oct. 3
    The City of Las Vegas will be closing down the public’s access to reclaimed water from the Utility Services Center at 905 12th Street and at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. For information, call 505-426-3314.

    Wednesday, Oct. 3

  • Travel to Canada, eastern U.S. yields mixture of facts

    BOSTON — ”You’re from New Mexico? How far are you from Mexico City?” I kind of wish that hadn’t been the millionth time I’ve needed to answer that question.

    I’m not necessarily denigrating others’ sketchy knowledge of American geography, merely needing to explain that we’re not very close to that huge metropolis.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, October 3-5


    • West Las Vegas girls at Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., Santa Fe


    • Pecos (A,B) vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Pecos Middle School at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe


    • Memorial Middle School vs. Milagro, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    n West Las Vegas Middle School at Tucumcari, 4:30 p.m., Tucumcari

  • No suspects in nine-month-old homicide case

    Jeromy Vasquez was found dead by Las Vegas Police of an apparent gunshot wound Jan. 21, mid-morning, with several witnesses — yet no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named publicly.

    Chris Lopez, Las Vegas interim chief of police through Sept. 28, said the case is “sealed,” though it isn’t clear by whom. The Optic has asked Fourth District Court Chief Executive Officer Robert Duran for a “sealing order” several times.

  • Police witness rollover; several charges filed

    A 26-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with two felonies and multiple other charges after an early-morning traffic crash, and, days later, a search of his jail cell.

    Antonio Goke-Martinez was arrested by Las Vegas police in the early morning hours of Sept. 23 after a rollover crash at 12th Street and National Avenue.

    According to an arrest affidavit, a Las Vegas Police officer witnessed a black truck block a lane of traffic just before a tan SUV crashed into it at about 12:45 a.m., causing the black truck to roll over onto its roof.

  • Murder defendant takes her own life on court date

    What was shaping up to be a high-visible murder trial later this month took an enuxpected turn Monday, when the woman who was set to attend a plea bargain hearing Monday afternoon apparently took her own life shortly beforehand.