Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 1, 2014
  • Work of Art: Is it a couch, divan, sofa?

    “Moooonnn River, wider than 1) a mile, 2) the Nile. Well, thanks my listening to trivia on Martha Johnson’s early show on KFUN, I know the answer: It’s No. 1 above, and my miss was wider than a mile.

    In my medieval torpor upon waking a few days ago, I heard a radio conversation with a caller about how easily we misunderstand lyrics to songs, in this case Nile and mile, but I wasn’t awake enough to let it register.

  • Montoya pins down national title

    Robertson junior Rico Montoya became the first local grappler to win a national title in the National High School Coaches Association wrestling championships over the weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.

    Montoya, a four-time state champion in New Mexico, went 7-0 in the three-day tournament, one of the largest and most prestigious wrestling events in the country. He won the 126-pound championship in the Junior Division.

  • Solid work by locals in meet

    Results from Saturday’s West Las Vegas Track & Field Invitational held at the Herrera Complex:

    1. St. Michael’s, 93 points
    2. West Las Vegas, 66 points
    3. Clayton, 63 points
    3. Santa Rosa, 63 points
    5. Cimarron, 24 points
    6. Robertson, 20 points
    7. Santa Fe Prep, 19 points
    8. Española Valley, 18 points
    9. Tucumcari, 17 points
    10. Peñasco, 16 points
    11. Santa Fe Indian, 9 points
    12. Raton, 7 points

  • Cowgirls win seventh straight

    It’s official,
    New Mexico Highlands softball is on a winning streak.

    The Cowgirls (11-19 overall, 7-14 in league) swept Black Hills State on the road all the way north in Spearfish, S.D., over the weekend to extend their number of consecutive wins to seven.

    “We played great this weekend,” said head coach Karin Gadberry in a news release from NMHU. “Anytime you can get a sweep, especially on the road, is great.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 2, 2014

    • Robertson JV vs. Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Fe Indian (DH), 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 1 p.m., Portales
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson boys at Bosque, 3 p.m., Albuquerque
    • Robertson girls vs. Bosque, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

    • Robertson at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

  • East hoping to improve meals

    The West Las Vegas School District outsourced its food services starting in the 2012-2013 school year, and it appears Las Vegas City Schools may soon be following suit.

    Despite district administrators saying they have improved food service, the board has unanimously approved a measure to seek proposals from vendors interested in taking  over East’s food service program. The vote took place during a meeting held earlier this month.

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  • UWC to open campus to local kids

    By Jennifer Rowland

    Children who’ve dreamed of spending time at the Montezuma Castle will have a chance this April when UWC-USA opens its campus to local kids for the first session of Camp UWC.

    The free camp will be held during West Las Vegas School District’s spring break, from April 14 through 18. Camp hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to kindergarteners through eighth graders, and there are 38 spaces available.

  • Luna seeking input from residents

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College Board of Trustees Secretary Dan Romero, who represents a huge portion of El Valle, is urging area residents to attend Tuesday’s board of trustees work session. The work session will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Jesse Griego Gymnasium in El Pueblo.