Local News

  • Candidates set to make history

    By Russell Contreras

    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It is lunch hour at Barelas Coffee House, in the heart of one of Albuquerque’s oldest Latino neighborhoods.

    Democratic House candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham weaves her way among the tables, searching for votes as waiters shuffle bowls of red chile and plates of enchiladas.

  • Ghoulish fun
  • Wilson struggles for traction

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Heather Wilson is an experienced campaign scrapper who weathered five tough House races to keep a 10-year Republican hold on the swing district that represents most of the state’s largest city.

    But as she battles her successor for a prized election to New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, she has had a hard time attracting the crossover voters she’ll need to help the GOP regain the coveted post.

  • Regional water symposium being held Tuesday

    A water symposium for northeastern New Mexico has been scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Luna Community College in Las Vegas.

    The day will include speakers and discussions focusing on the region’s water plans.

    Jointly sponsored by Community 1st Bank of Las Vegas, Luna Community College and the State Engineer, the event will be held in the Allied Health Lecture Hall on the Luna campus.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 29, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 29 — Janelle Wootton, senior, and Richard Lindeborg, junior, of Robertson High School achieved a straight-A average for the first six weeks of school, principal Trammel Ford said today. Forty-four other seniors qualified for the honor roll at the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 29, 2012

    Haunted Hay Rides available Wednesday
    The 10th annual Tecolote Haunted Hay Ride will be held at dusk this Wednesday at the Tecolote Fire Department. Hay rides are $3 each.

  • Weather - Oct. 29, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Monday night, mostly clear with a low around 39. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

    Sunny with a high near 67. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Tuesday night, mostly clear, with a low around 39.

    Sunny with a high near 67. Wednesday night, mostly clear, with a low around 39.

    Sunny with a high near 69. Thursday night, mostly clear with a low around 39.

  • Championship win for duo

    For team ropers Chris Francis and John Paul Lucero, it all came down to .47 of a second.

    That amount of time is what led the area natives to capture the 2012 Cinch United States Team Roping Championship this past weekend in Oklahoma City.

    By winning the championship the duo walked away with $102,000.

    Francis, who is getting married in two weeks, will be able to start married life on solid financial footing. Lucero plans to use part of his share of the winnings to buy his two sons horses and continue the family tradition.

  • Senior profile - John and Della Gonzales

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A visit to the home of Della and John Gonzales reveals an ordered admixture of creative activity in many venues.

    It’s their home, primarily, but at every turn, it’s an unending adventure in items that deceive the eye. At the entrance, one initially experiences a relatively standard, albeit eloquently unique exterior. A carport neatly frames the free-hand depiction that this is the Gonzales home, but a few steps away the foray into the unexpected begins.

  • Three area legislative seats in play

    Each of the three contested legislative races in San Miguel and Mora counties involves a longtime democratic lawmaker trying to stave off a Republican challenger.

    Election Day is Nov. 6, although early voting is already under way.
    In Senate District 39, Republican banker and rancher Aubrey Dunn, who resides in Mayhill, is challenging Phil Griego, D-San Jose.

    Griego, the CEO of American Surety Title Company, has served in the Legislature for 16 years.