Today's News

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 2, 2013

    Code Talker to be in Vegas Saturday
    Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, will be in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. He will answer questions about his experiences in World War II and his role in developing the code that was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in the South Pacific. Judith Avila, co-author of his memoir, will also give a presentation.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Dec. 2 — Two Las Vegas families have received word that their sons, now serving in the United States Navy, were members of the honor guard at the White House during the time between President Kennedy’s assassination and funeral. They are Seaman Apprentice Manuel Sandoval, son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Sandoval, 720 South Pacific, and Lee Norman Gonzales, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Gonzales, 158 Independence. Both men are attending the U.S. Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. Both are 1963 graduates of West Las Vegas High School.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 15-20 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 22.


  • HU professor publishes study on forgiveness

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University psychology professor Ian Williamson published a study that sheds new light on barriers to forgiveness.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 2, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Big Snow” by Jonathan Bean. Free and open to the public.

    •El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association Board of Directors’ Meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 49 Mirasol- Ojitos Frios Ranches. Open meetings; all are welcome to attend.

  • Go, Cardinals!

    By Optic Editorial Board

    As the visiting team, the Robertson High School Cardinals have been defeating the opposition ­— getting revenge over teams they previously lost to. They’ve won over St. Mikes, and more recently, Taos. This Saturday, Dec. 7, they will host Silver in the state finals.

    Here’s hoping another state football championship is heading this way for the Cardinals.

  • Toughen standards

    By Optic Editorial Board

    By its very nature, college isn’t — or ought not be — for everybody, and for those who complete a college degree, it’s an honor and a valuable tool for future financial success.

    Accordingly, one means to finance a course of study in college, in any of New Mexico’s state-supported institutions of higher learning, has been provided by the Lottery Scholarships, available to new freshmen.

  • Another Perspective — Obamacare benefits many

    By Joanne Sprenger

    The newest sport in the United States today seems to be Obama bashing. Our society has been divided into haves and have-nots. The most vocal are the haves (secure jobs with paid health insurance.) When are we going to hear from the have-nots? People with no jobs, or even part-time, low-skilled jobs which carry no paid insurance are not making headlines in our newspapers or on television.

  • On to the final!

    For the first time since 2007, the Robertson football team is in the state championship game.

    The Cardinals overcame a 10-0 deficit, then held on for a 21-16 road win Saturday at Taos in the Class 3A state semifinals. They will host Silver, a 41-28 victor over Ruidoso on the other half of the bracket, this coming Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium in Las Vegas.

    Robertson’s three playoff victories have all come on the road against higher seeds, and in each case the Cardinals avenged a regular-season defeat.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 2

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (C) at Roy, 5:30 p.m., Roy
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • West Las Vegas Middle School hosts WLV Jamboree (includes WLVMS, MMS, others), 3 p.m., WLV