Today's News

  • Barela out as RHS girls' basketball coach

    Leroy Barela, who led the Robertson girls’ basketball team to a 25-4 record this past winter and the second of a couple of deep runs in the state tournament, is leaving the position effective immediately.

    Barela confirmed that he resigned Tuesday, and he said the decision was his.

  • Class dismissed

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A graduating class of 98 at Robertson High School and 38 at Mora High participated in commencement ceremonies Friday.

    Jeffrey T. Houdek and State Rep. Tomás Salazar were the commencement speakers for Robertson High School.

    The RHS ceremonies were concluded with a rousing rendition of the Cardinal fight song, with the band directed by Martin Sena.

  • Hot dogs with Heinrich

    Jason W. Brooks/Optic photo
    In one of his first local campaign events of 2018, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich stopped by the Las Vegas Plaza on Saturday to visit with constituents at a lunchtime event that featured hot dogs and hamburgers.

    Several fellow local Democratic Party candidates introduced themselves before Heinrich spoke briefly, visited with guests and then took a couple of questions from the Optic.

    Check our Facebook page for videos from the event.

  • Two of four gubernatorial hopefuls provide tax returns

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Two of the four candidates for governor in New Mexico have provided their tax returns in response to a request from a newspaper.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that two Democrats — businessman Jeff Apodaca and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes — agreed to the newspaper’s request to provide their tax returns.

  • Ice cream overdoses remembered

    Walking around my childhood neighborhood haunts, as I did this week, stirred up many memories, not all of the pleasant. Or not all ending pleasantly.

    I realize some readers may wish I’d get off the kick about my childhood, but just recently something has happened to help me focus even more on the days of yore.

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

  • Body of missing man returned to family

    The body of a man who went missing last fall has been returned to his family so that there can be a proper burial and services.

    The date of death for Johnny "Juno" Garcia, Jr., 42, is listed as March 6, 2018, the day his remains was found by a ranch hand on property not far from Sapello. The discovery happened exactly five months after Garcia had last been seen walkng along N.M. 518 in the Sapello area.

  • Amtrak line under tough project requirements

    New safety and construction mandates — and the expense and short time window for implementation — have raised new concerns about federal support for a rail line that runs through Las Vegas. 

  • Usual suspects survive Game 7s, head to NBA Finals rematch

    The Associated Press

    HOUSTON  — Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.

    Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.

  • Stanley Cup Finals: Vegas takes opener

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In a single nine-minute stretch of the third period, the Washington Capitals dramatically took the lead before the Vegas Golden Knights replied with two goals of their own. Washington’s Tom Wilson also flattened Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault with a blindside hit that could reverberate through the Stanley Cup Final.