Today's News

  • No applicants to replace Judge Matt Sandoval

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The state judicial system’s first attempt to recruit potential replacements for retiring Fourth Judicial District Judge Matt Sandoval produced zero applicants.
     Sandoval is officially retiring Aug. 1, though he hasn’t heard any cases since he took a leave of absence due to health concerns in November of last year.

  • A rainbow in the (almost) dark

    This rainbow was seen looking southeast from Las Vegas early Wednesday evening.

    There is a chance of rain in each of the next 10 days, with a 50 percent chance Friday, as monsoon season is in full swing.

  • Brain Drain: Graduates leaving N.M. behind

    Leaving New Mexico wasn’t a maybe — it was a have-to for Jesse Wood, a Farmington kid who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Like thousands of other grads, he was smart, talented and committed to his career path.

    It led him straight out of the state.

  • Graduates, alumni give Highlands high marks in surveys

    New Mexico Highlands’ 2018 graduates gave the university high marks for quality of instruction and value of their education relative to cost, in a recent survey, meeting and exceeding 95 percent satisfaction on these and other measures.
    The Student Satisfaction Survey is a state-mandated survey distributed to graduating students. The Highlands Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research administered the state survey to Highlands students graduating in May 2018.

  • Capitalism, socialism and dishonest debates

    The other day, while on a drive, I did a little radio surfing and bumped into a “Christian” radio network with some no-name talk show host decrying the evils of socialism.

    There’s no such thing as independent thought on such programs. The format was little more than a lecture with commercials, with a few seconds of “conversation” with a caller or two as the host made sure the subject remained focused to his talking points for the day.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, July 13, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, July 13, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, July 6, 2018

    We thank all the City of Las Vegas employees and staff who Virginia Marrujo, the city’s Community Development Director, helped coordinate. The Optic staff was happy to see our Fiestas Guide distributed by the city freely, and happy to see so many people enjoying so many different musical groups at Plaza Park and elsewhere around town.

  • Fuentes: All-Star MVP

    Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game showcased to all of Minor League Baseball what the Albuquerque Isotopes have known all season — this Josh Fuentes guy is pretty good.

    Fuentes was named MVP of the game after helping the Pacific Coast League All-Stars to a 12-7 victory over the International League. The game lured 10,516 fans to Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.

    Fuentes started at third base for the PCL. He hit a solo home run and drove in another run, going 2 for 3.

  • Armijo is Kansas-bound

    Richard Armijo’s got a little bit of old school in him.

    From his disciplined approach at the plate to his polite deference to his elders, the recent Robertson graduate strikes a contrast to many (though not all) of his peer group.

    Even his walk-out song, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” by Johnny Cash, plays out in stark relief from the hip-hop and other new-school jams favored by teammates. It makes quite the impression nonetheless.

  • More state action on tap this weekend

    Back to work it is for four Meadow City teams seeking state championship banners.

    Las Vegas’ 11-12 (Majors) softball team survived the first part of a two-week gauntlet in Gallup and will now play in Los Lunas Friday through Sunday.

    Las Vegas’ 11-12 (Majors) baseball team plays in Española in the first half of their state bracket, with the remainder set for July 20-23 in Albuquerque.

    La Plaza’s 9-11 softball team plays in Los Lunas this weekend.