Today's News

  • Vegas woman wins $50,000 in lottery

    Las Vegas resident Debra Roybal couldn’t help but wake her parents on Tuesday night to share the news that she had won what she thought was a $5,000 prize playing the lottery.

    As she was watching the T.V. news, Roybal discovered that she had won a large prize playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Casino Crossword” Scratcher. Thinking she had nine complete words to win $5,000, Roybal decided to wake up her parents and share the news.

    They trumped her story.

  • Three former Highlands players charged

    Three former Highlands University baseball players have been charged in connection with a drug raid on a house on the 1900 block of New Mexico Avenue.

    Greg Fowler, 22, was charged with possession of Ecstasy, a fourth-degree felony.  Nicolas Nuñez, 23, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a petty misdemeanor. Justin Kaid, 23, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Fowler, Nuñez and Kaid are from California.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 25 — The main office of the West Las Vegas School System was destroyed by fire over the weekend. The building razed at 1620 S. Gonzales St. had been deeded to the school by the Ilfeld family, for whom it once served as home. The cause of the fire, the second this year for the school system, is unknown.

  • Looking Ahead

    Ladies Auxiliary meeting on Wednesday

    The Ladies Auxiliary will be having its monthly meeting  at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the VFW Post 1547. Main agenda of meeting is to hold officer elections. All officer positions are open. If no officers are elected the Ladies Auxiliary is in jeopardy of being disbanded. For additional information, contact Loretta Garduño at 429-0902.

  • Weather

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 37.

    Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 68. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico has a new hotline number to report child abuse and neglect, according to The Associated Press. Gov. Susana Martinez and Children, Youth, and Families Secretary Yolanda Deines announced the new statewide number — 1-855-333-SAFE last week. The department has had a hotline for 12 years, but officials say the new number is easier to remember.

  • Que Pasa - April 11, 2011

    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. This week’s theme is “Create your Own Story at Your Library,” the book is “The Queen of France” by Tim Wadham and the craft is a my story mobile.

  • Comedian to perform Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents acclaimed stand-up comedian Gary Owen at 7 p.m. on April 15 in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The Highlands University Office of Campus life is sponsoring Owen’s performance.

    Campus Life Director Margaret Gonzales said Owen performed on campus during Homecoming 2010 and was very popular, adding that Owen’s comedy contains adult language and is not suitable for young children.

  • Rural Bookmobile schedule

    Submitted to the Optic

    Tuesday, April 12
    Bernal Store - 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
    Anton Chico Post Office - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Tecolote Church - 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 13
    Ribera Post Office - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Pecos Forest Service Station - 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Rowe Frontage Road - 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • The system worked right

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell did the right thing by reversing a land swap that his predecessor, Patrick Lyons, had arranged. Powell has effectively returned White Peak in Colfax and Mora counties to the people — where it rightly belongs.

    In 2009, Lyons negotiated an agreement to swap 7,205 acres of state trust land at White Peak for 3,330 acres of ranch land. The exchange was one of four proposed by the State Land Office under Lyons that would have traded 14,000 acres of public land for 9,600 acres owned by White Peak ranches.