Today's News

  • Trash City, USA

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. Unsightly litter is nothing new in the city of Las Vegas or in San Miguel County.

    Take a short drive and chances are you’ll come across a discarded pile of trash, a mattress or even a couch tossed on the side of the road somewhere.

    But some callous scofflaw has taken the nasty behavior to a new low, discarding more than two dozen used syringes by the side of the road near Porkchop Hill.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 20, 2014
  • Work of Art: In our right mind

    “Right-handed people use the left side of their brain, so left-handers are the only people in their right mind.”

    Thus read the message on a T-shirt I once owned. I picked it up at a yard sale in Columbia, Mo., in 1974.

    Except for dining with members of my wife’s side of the family I don’t pay much attention to my left-handedness, certainly not thinking of it as a handicap — despite what much literature and public opinion say about it.

  • 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.