Today's News

  • Pacheco signs with Highlands

    On April 5, Robertson senior Nieves Pacheco signed to run cross country and track and field at New Mexico Highlands University.

    “It’s a good feeling,” Pacheco said. “Coach DeVries has been watching me over the years so he had more sense of what kind of runner I am and I thought it would be better to stay closer to home.”

    Cross country coach Manuel Romero said he is proud of her for continuing her running career.

  • NMHU '99 football was back in town

    After starting off the 1999 season with a 73–7 loss to New Mexico State and then losing the next two games, New Mexico Highlands University finished the season with a 7–4 overall record. NMHU was crowned co-champions of the Rocky Mountain Atheltic Conference, with Chadron State and the Cowboys both going 7–1 in the RMAC.

    They have not won the conference since. Prior to the 1999 season, Highlands had last won the RMAC title in 1981.

    Over this past weekend, the Cowboys were back in Las Vegas to celebrate their 20 year anniversary.

  • Lady Cardinals honored by county

    San Miguel County Commissioners and the County Manager’s Office recognized the Robertson Lady Cardinals on Tuesday for winning the 3A State Basketball Championship by defeating Santa Fe Indian School 62–46 on March 15.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 14-16


    • NMHU at Colorado Christian University, 12 p.m., Lakewood, Colo.


    • Las Vegas Grizzlies vs. ABQ Bomb Squad, 1 p.m., TBA


    • LCC vs. Adams State University, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., WLV Softball Field
    • NMHU vs. Adams State University, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Brandt Field


    • Robertson at St. Mike’s, 9 a.m., Santa Fe


  • Corrections: April 12, 2019

    A story published on Page A7 of the March 17 print and E-editions of the Optic misidentified the school that placed first at a state conference. The correct school name is Valley Elementary / Middle School.

    A story published on Page 1 of the April 7 Optic. about City of Las Vegas utilties contained errors. The $7 million Bradner Dam project was funded through capital outlay, with Moltz Constructors as the contractor. Landscaping will be removed, not installed.

    A rate study mentioned in the utilities story is for water, wastewater and solid waste.

  • UWC-USA alumna returns to Vegas to sing

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, a UWC-USA Alumna, opera singer, classical pianist and Princeton University graduate, returns to Las Vegas to perform a solo recital at the First United Presbyterian Church on, April 20. It’s a 3 p.m. show.

    As director of Meadow City Academy of Music, Ron Maltais was searching for a classical singer to complete our 2018-19 season, and Tanya (as she is called in the U.S.) is a performer he feels can fit the bill perfectly.

  • One generation removed: Raised by grandparents

    By Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico

    The knock often comes late at night — usually without warning. A state social worker has removed the children from their parents’ house after a credible accusation of abuse or neglect. The message is sobering: We need to find a safe place for your grandchildren — either you take them or we’ll place them in foster care.

  • Police: Drunk driver struck fences of five properties, vehicle

    An El Llano man was arrested recently and charged with his third count of aggravated driving while intoxicated after Las Vegas Police say he drove drunk and struck fences at five properties and one parked vehicle.

    Saul H. Saenz, 33, was booked into the San Miguel Detention Center on the night of March 28 after police found him near the GMC flatbed truck he’d been driving, according to a probable cause statement.

    Police had been called to the 900 block of Jackson Street after a report of a driver who had struck at least one fence and a vehicle.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 12

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 12

  • LCC to host nursing career fair

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Luna Community College is hosting the LCC Nursing Career Fair on Wednesday. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. that day at the LCC Allied Health Building atrium (the former Rough Rider Grill cafeteria).

    Employers representing various area health care providers will be on hand to meet with prospective employees and those seeking more information on career opportunities with them.