Today's News

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Septermber 12, 2018

    Thursday, Sept. 13
    The Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board will hold a northeastern New Mexico regional workforce summit at the Luna Community College Auditorium. To register visit northernboard.org or for more information call 505-986-0363.

    Friday, Sept. 14
    The Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board will hold a job fair at the Luna Community College Auditorium. For more information call 505-986-0363.

    Friday, Sept. 14

  • Dead Sea Scrolls a must-see

    Here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back more than 2,000 years.

    The scrolls have been dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Looking Ahead: Sports, September 12-14

    West Las Vegas girls at Socorro, 4 p.m., Socorro H.S.

    Mora (A,B) at Santa Fe Waldorf, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    Memorial Middle School at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    Pecos Middle School vs. Mora Middle School, 4 p.m., Pecos

    Cross country
    Memorial Middle School at Moriarty, 3 p.m., Moriarty
    Pecos Middle School at Edgewood, 3 p.m., Edgewood


  • Paiz wins second consecutive meet title

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Isaiah Paiz won his second cross country meet in a row in Penasco on Saturday morning.

    Paiz, a senior at West Las Vegas High, finished the boys’ varsity run in a winning time of 16:57. Paiz was a third-place finisher in the 2017 Class 4A state championship meet this past November. He won the season-opening meet in Mora on Sept. 1.

    West’s Ezekiel Ortega was the only other varsity competitor for the Dons. He raced to 11th place in 19:01.

  • Police find woman slumped over wheel after hit-and-run

    Las Vegas Police recently issued several charges against a woman after what they reported was a hit-and-run collision and found out she had an active warrant.

    Arlene Genine Esquibel, 26, was charged with aggravated DWI, first offense; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage, driving while license suspended and concealing identity. There also was a warrant out for her arrest on another case.

  • Optic staff wins state newspaper awards

    Several Optic staff members and a contributor have won awards in the 2018 New Mexico Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. However, the NMPA is keeping the details a secret until its annual convention scheduled for next month.

    Three Optic staff members have been awarded first, or second place in several categories this year. Maria Sanchez won for community/newspaper event advertising, retail advertisement and photo series. Dave Kavanaugh won for photo series and sports coverage.

  • External audit to help Luna to address findings about Foundation

    The Luna College Foundation operates entirely independently from Luna Community College's main budget and administrative purview, by design. 

    That design might be part of how the Foundation attracted so much scrutiny over the past few years— but that scrutiny also might stem partly from lack of widespread knowledge about how a nonprofit New Mexico educational foundation is supposed to operate.

  • Blame it on the rain: Dons, Cards shut out


    It was a dark and stormy night.

    And as first lines go, the Meadow City’s two high school football teams would have probably preferred something else.

  • Man arrested after crashing into bushes

    A Serafina man was arrested on a recent weeknight after Las Vegas Police say he sped through a light, crashed into some bushes, ran from the scene and had methamphetamine in his possession when caught.

    Eligio Baca III, 22, was arrested on a host of charges Aug. 23 after police say he wrecked a green Hyundai while traveling southbound along Seventh Street. Witnesses told police Baca's vehicle was traveling along Seventh Avenue at a high rate of speed, slamming on its brakes as it sailed through a red light at Mills Avenue at about 10:50 p.m.