Today's News

  • Correction - Sept. 8, 2014

    The David Austin listed in the Aug. 29 jail log is not David Austin Senior. The David Austin who was incarcerated is 18. The Optic printed an incorrect age for him in the jail log.

  • HU professor is keynote speaker at conference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University biology professor will be the keynote speaker at a major biology conference in Mexico.

    Professor Jesús Rivas is a Venezuelan-born herpetologist – a biologist that studies reptilian and amphibian species. He is the world’s foremost expert on green anacondas, a nonvenomous tropical constrictor snake that can exceed 200 pounds.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 8, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Magritte’s Marvelous Hat” by D.B. Johnson. Free and open to the public.

    • Woodmen of the World Chapter 2 and the city of Las Vegas will be hosting the September 11 Honor & Remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Carnegie Public Library. The public is invited to attend.

  • Noticias - Sept. 8, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help with the medical treatment expenses for Joel Baca. He has been receiving medical treatment in Denver at the University of Colorado Hospital and is battling several medical problems. The donation account is under Joel Baca at Wells Fargo bank.

  • High court must step in

    Several religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it’s constitutional for states to outlaw gay marriage.

    The Mormon church joined The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the friend-of-the-court brief asking the nation’s highest court to hear Utah’s marriage case, according to The Associated Press.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 8, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Football takes a pounding

    It’s happening in stadiums all over the country. Football! — America’s most popular sport.

    It’s my favorite sport too, but that doesn’t mean I can turn a blind eye to the severe health consequences that can happen to those who participate.

  • Only the beginning - Cardinal frosh Ortiz shines in Cobre win; Cowboys fall in debut despite linebacker’s effort

    As a Robertson High School freshman, Arjay Ortiz doesn’t have the lengthiest of varsity resumés.

    But he’s already loading it with impressive statistics.

    Ortiz threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to J.R. Gonzalez as he filled in briefly at quarterback on Saturday afternoon in Bayard. Earlier, he intercepted a pass, a turnover that led to the game’s first touchdown. And later, he recovered a fumble to help the Cardinals seal a 14-6 victory.

  • Cowboys triumph in Arizona

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands men’s cross country team claimed a victory in the open 4.5 mile run while the women’s team took sixth in the 2.6 mile run despite being down a pair of runners Saturday at the Northern Arizona George Kyte Invite.

  • ‘Beasties’ repeat in Rehoboth

    With a combined score of 26 to 0 over three matches, the Robertson girls’ soccer team cruised to a repeat championship in this past weekend’s Rehoboth Christian tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals (4-0) quieted host Rehoboth 7-0 in the championship on Saturday as Caitlin Diefendorf scored a hat trick with three goals and two assists.

    Diefendorf now has 12 goals for the season.