Today's News

  • Prep roundup: Lady Dons pitch shutout; Rangers sweep Pecos

    With one game left in the regular season, the West Las Vegas softball team looked strong again, shutting out St. Michael’s 10-0 in six innings this past Tuesday.

    The Lady Dons, who started Jade Ulibarri in the pitcher’s circle, held the visitors to six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.
    Ulibarri helped her own cause with two singles and two runs batted in.

    Breeanna Graston got West going by drawing a walk and then scoring after a Maddie Griego hit in the second inning.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 29-May 3

    SUNDAY (April 29)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    • NMHU at Adams State, noon, Alamosa, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    • NMHU vs. Regis (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC outdoor meet, TBA, Golden, Colo.


  • Corrections

    Members of the Business Professionals of America who appeared before the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education on April 19, as described in a Page A1 story in the April 22 Optic about a board meeting, were misidentified.

    From the left are Angelica Gallegos, Nevaeh Lujan, Cailyn Marrujo, Aeisha Alarid, Gabbie Crespin and adviser Michell Aragon.

    Also, Leasa Martinez’s name was misspelled in the story.

  • Church among facilities hit by high winds

    It was no playtime for 7-year-old son of Joseph Martinez on April 17.
    The boy and Martinez were walking their 3.29-acre hilltop property before the damage occurred, and they felt its power then.

    ”He was saying, ‘Dad, Dad,’” Martinez said. “The sand or the dirt was coming so hard, it was like getting hit by BBs. That’s how bad it was.

    ”It was even more frightening for the youngster as fierce winds battered against their mobile home nonstop,"

  • Reflecting on a much simpler childhood

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I grew up on them. They were the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen. That and a glass of milk. Microwaves hadn’t been invented yet.

    Playing basketball on a dirt patch in our back yard. That’s where I learned to dribble and shoot with one hand.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 27, 2018

    Sunday’s Optic featured a story, based on police reports and court documents, about a man who was armed with a knife who was taken into custody. Despite the suspect continuing to reach behind his back as he ignored a Las Vegas Police officer’s commands and walked toward the officer, who drew his weapon, the suspect was taken into custody without any shots fired or any apparent major injury to anyone.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 27, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 27, 2018.

  • Fire at West Las Vegas H.S. under investigation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A fire that was started in a boys bathroom at West Las Vegas High School Tuesday morning, is  being investigated by Las Vegas Fire Department, Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said.

  • Double duty: Montoya to continue two-sport career at Highlands

    As she signed her national letter of intent to play not one but two sports at New Mexico Highlands University in 2018-19, Robertson senior Angelica Montoya had a special message for those who doubted her: "Thank you."

    “All through elementary school I was teased a lot,” she recalled. “Everyone would tell me I would never amount to anything. It motivated me to keep going.”

  • Go Fish: Friday, April 27

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Jackson Nee, age 11, and Michael Nee, age 10, of Edgewood, each caught nice catfish April 20. They were using chicken liver.