Today's News

  • Another Perspective — Fund schools adequately

    By Felix Alderete

    For the Optic

  • All together now

    At least for one memorable weekend, Mary Bustos accomplished what many before her have tried with little success: bringing the entire Las Vegas community together as one.

    As the late coach’s West Las Vegas Lady Dons soldiered bravely onward in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament without her on the sidelines, an outpouring of support from throughout the city and all across the state rose to greet them.

  • Mustangs toss Cowboys

    Five Cowboy turnovers took the team’s prolific offense off the field, and Western New Mexico took the Warrior Helmet off their mantle.

    WNMU conquered New Mexico Highlands 43-14 on Saturday afternoon in Silver City, bringing a close to the 2013 schedule for both instate rivals.

    The Cowboys finished a disappointing campaign with an eighth consecutive loss to follow a solid 2-1 start. NMHU is 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Hawks drop NMHU

    Darian Mullen slammed 22 kills in 47 attacks and staked her New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls to a tough 26-24 win in game one, but the team could not sustain the momentum in a 3-2 loss Friday night at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

    NMHU was 12-16 overall and 6-12 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play going into a Saturday match at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction.

    Fort Lewis improved its postseason chances at 9-17 overall and 9-9 in league.

  • Cardinals rumble past Portales

    There’s a reason they call the playoffs the second season. It’s a chance for all regular-season results to be tossed out the window and for championship dreams — at least for those who make it to the postseason — to begin anew.

    Portales found that out firsthand Friday night, getting eliminated by visiting Robertson 36-0 in the Class 3A football bracket’s first round.

    RHS coach Leroy Gonzalez went with a successful formula, running the ball plenty and playing more disciplined defense, producing several key turnovers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 18, 2013

    • NMHU men at California Baptist, 7 p.m., Riverside, Calif.
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLV

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Valley Gym
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School at Los Alamos Quad, 3 p.m., Los Alamos

  • Vegas mourns beloved coach

    By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Those who knew Mary Bustos say there was just something about her that left a good feeling in the hearts of those she met.

  • Operation Christmas Child - Delivering shoeboxes of hope

    As the holidays approach, several area residents are working to make the season brighter for children around the world. Starting on Monday volunteers are hoping to collect shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement to send as part of Operation Christmas Child.

    “Through this project, anyone can be a part of giving love and hope in a shoebox,” said Linda Alaniz, coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in Las Vegas.

  • Mora sued over ordinance

    Less than two weeks ago, Mora County Commission Chairman John Olivas stood before a crowd at Ilfeld Auditorium saying that there had been grumbling that his county would be sued if it moved forward with its plans to adopt a community rights ordinance banning oil and gas operations.

    “Six months later, we’re still waiting,” Olivas said, chalking the threats up to propaganda.
    Olivas no longer has to wait.

  • Amtrak seeking money from state

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Amtrak is asking New Mexico and two other states to chip in a total of $40 million over 10 years to preserve rail service to several communities, including Las Vegas.

    New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas communities face the potential loss of passenger rail service if Amtrak fails to reach a new agreement by 2016 for maintaining and upgrading portions of the Southwest Chief route through those states, the rail operator said Tuesday.