Today's News

  • Mora Fiestas
  • Is higher ed in NM failing?

    New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Jose Garcia sounded the alarm last week, saying that the state’s higher education system is failing its citizens.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 29, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Fight for rights will succeed

    "Pro-Life and Pro-Choice are very much alike,” wrote Frank Splendoria in his Another Perspective in the July 8 Optic. It’s odd when the two groups are seen as polar opposites. But then I saw something new: Both groups care deeply about a woman in these circumstances. “Pregnant and Scared?” reads the Zoe Pregnancy Center sign on the corner of 8th and Friedman streets.

  • On to the finals! Train Robbers sweep Trinidad in first round of playoffs

    Despite their relative lack of experience playing as a unit, the Las Vegas Train Robbers are headed to the Pecos League championship series.

    Las Vegas swept the Trinidad Triggers in a Saturday doubleheader held at New Mexico Highlands’ Brandt Park instead of their usual home field Rodriguez Park, which had been drenched by rainfall the previous two nights.

  • Coca is All-American in 3,000

    Moises Coca of Las Vegas is back in his hometown after placing in two distance runs in this past week’s USATF Junior Olympic national outdoor track and field competition held in Greensboro, N.C.

    Coca, who’ll be a junior this fall at West Las Vegas High, represented the Meadow City Track Club.

    Notably, Coca ran 12th overall in the boys’ 3,000-meter run (age 15-16) with a time of 9:30.86 in the finals Thursday morning, July 25. There were 46 runners in the finals.

  • Isotopes take two from New Orleans in rain-delay DH

    The Albuquerque Isotopes didn’t let a little cloudburst and hurricane-like conditions rain on their parade.
    The ‘Topes swept an impromptu Saturday doubleheader against visiting New Orleans by scores of 8-5 and 5-4. The first game was a continuation from Friday, forced after violent winds near 90 mph and sheets of rain blasted Isotopes Park and other parts of the Duke City.

  • RHS youth soccer camp Aug. 6-8

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Robertson High School Lady Cardinals will be conducting their annual youth soccer camp on Aug. 6-8.
    The camp will be for kids ages 4-12. Cost will be $30 for campers who attend from 8 a.m. to noon, or $20 for those campers who stay from 8 to 10 a.m. (recommended for ages 4-5). The camp will be held at the Robertson soccer field off Mills Avenue. Registration will take place right before the first session, beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Aug. 6.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 29, 2013

    • Pecos League playoffs: TBA
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Hackers vs. Tecolote, 7:15 p.m., Brew Crew vs. Balls Deep, 8:30 p.m.; women’s division game, Lady Hackers vs. Bud, 6 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    • Pecos League playoffs: TBA

  • Massive embezzlement found

    A former employee of Rogers Mortuary has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the company in a massive embezzlement scheme that went undetected for years, court documents reveal.

    Molly Martinez, 62, who according to court documents resides in an apartment complex on the 2500 block of Carmean, has been charged with 31 counts of embezzlement over $2,5000, all third-degree felonies; 30 counts of embezzlement over $500, all fourth-degree felonies, and a single count of fraud over $20,000, a second-degree felony. She has pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.