Today's News

  • America the can-do nation is compromised

    Is it just me, or is it more difficult to be optimistic these days?

    Sure, life is easier than it used to be, but it’s also more complicated, so as far as I’m concerned those two things sort of balance each other out. And while we’re enjoying a growing economy, we’ve also got President Trump, so that’s a wash too.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Sept 21, 2018

    Both passing motorists and video production crews could be taking a few more precautionary steps around each other during a film crew’s recent work around the Las Vegas Plaza. We’re very grateful to have scenes for the rebooted “Roswell” show filmed in Las Vegas, and don’t wish to see any accidents upset the delicate balance of municipal and Hollywood reputations.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Looking Ahead: Sports, September 21-23


    • Robertson vs. Socorro (Homecoming), 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Hatch Valley, 7 p.m., Hatch

    Women’s soccer

    • NMHU women vs. Colorado Christian, 5 p.m., Sanchez Family Stadium


  • West scores rare grant

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    West Las Vegas High School received the surprise of a lifetime when they learned they were chosen as a winner of Riddell’s “18 in 18” Smarter Football program.

    The team was notified with a special congratulatory message from Riddell brand ambassador Peyton Manning. Riddell’s annual program received nearly 1,400 applications this year and is donating equipment to 18 winning programs across the country, spanning youth to college, that have demonstrated their commitment to a smarter, safer game.  

  • Go Fish: Friday, Sept. 21

    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.

    National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday, Sept. 22. New Mexico celebrates with statewide free fishing for the day. All residents and nonresidents can fish public waters without a license. All other rules and regulations apply.

  • Volleyball: West working to improve

    While the West Las Vegas High School volleyball team hasn't put together enough a run to win a match yet this season, the Lady Dons have been in some close games.

    It's just that when they get a run going, they haven't been able to sustain it.

  • City to hold off on utilities increase

    A recent decision to raise utility rates for City of Las Vegas customers has been put on hold at the urging of Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón.

    Customers are receiving a notice this month about a rate increase of as much as 3.4 percent — a decision reached by Utliites Director Maria Gilvarry when she thought a rate increase review was required per city ordinance. However, Gurulé-Girón said her conclusion is the ordinance gives the city the option of imposing an increase, but doesn't require an increase be done.

  • No more Tang or microwavable sausage

    In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, we learned about all sorts of food conveniences, like microwavable sausage and Tang. We need to give those up.

    Many of us are in no position to stand on some moral high ground (or compost heap) and claim superiority to others, eating only organic berries and organic twigs (from organic trees).

  • Animals from Union County sanctuary owner, others confiscated

    A Union County kennel owner who was charged in May on seven counts of cruelty has not been to court since a July 31 hearing.

    Diane Benedict, 71, of rural Clayton, was charged in May with the seven counts of cruelty, plus one count of failing to vaccinate. Court documents state 34 cats and 78 dogs were seized from the property, with three euthanized immediately at the advice of a veterinarian.