Today's News

  • Cowgirls tabbed 11th in league

    Las Vegas Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team is projected to finish 11th in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this fall.

    But with an experienced core returning, supplemented by several talented newcomers, the Cowgirls may have enough depth to make serious progress and prove a few naysayers wrong.

    That’s the plan, anyway, for NMHU head coach Bryan Crawford.

  • Sounds triple up Isotopes

    Clutch hitting made the difference Monday night at The Lab.

    Nashville hit 6 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

    Host Albuquerque was 0 for 11 in that category and lost 9-3 before a reported crowd of 7,207.

    The Triple-A clubs combined for five home runs.Isotope leadoff hitter Mike Baxter went 3 for 4 with a homer and two doubles. He and Joc Pederson hammered back-to-back solo shots in the third inning and helped lift the Topes to a short-lived 3-1 lead.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 20, 2014

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:35 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:35 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:05 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas vs. Lady Dons alumni, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym (exhibition)


  • BREAKING: Seven vie for vacant seat on school board

    The Las Vegas City Schools board released the names of people interested in filling the seat left vacant by former board member Ernesto Salazar who resigned abruptly in July. They are: James Alarid, Robert Duran, III, Joe D. Lucero, Leroy Lujan, Michael J. Martinez, Leonard Padilla and Abran H. Romero.

    Pick up Wednesday’s paper for the full story.

  • Commission OKs tax hike

    Come Jan. 1, San Miguel County residents will pay a little more in gross receipts taxes after the San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously this past Tuesday to increase the tax rate.

    The one-twelfth-of-one-percent increase approved will likely generate between $290,000 and $340,000 in new revenue for the county each year and will cost people purchasing goods and services in the county about 8 cents more on a $100 purchase. New Mexico doesn’t charge gross receipts taxes on groceries or medication.

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  • City asking residents to cut weeds

    By Eric Martin
    Las Vegas Optic

    The steady rains this summer have been a welcome change from the drought conditions we’ve all become accustomed to.

    But the rains have resulted in a drastic increase in noxious and nuisance weeds throughout Las Vegas, prompting city officials to issue a request that property owners clean up their properties.

  • Rio Arriba sheriff, son indicted

    By Russell Contreras and Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

  • Vegas man wins $100,000 lottery prize

    Submitted to the Optic

    Raymond Tafoya of Las Vegas revealed a $100,000 prize last Saturday playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Jumbo Bucks” Scratcher™.  

    On a winning streak, Tafoya bought the $10 ticket using Scratcher prizes he had won earlier in the day.  

    “This is cool,” Tafoya told New Mexico Lottery officials in Albuquerque today. “I’ve been dancing all weekend.”  

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 18, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Contributions to King OKd
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran now says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King can keep nearly $11,000 in campaign contributions that Duran previously said exceeded campaign finance limits.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Duran’s reversal Thursday apparently makes moot a legal action filed by King that the state Supreme Court planned to hear Aug. 28.