Local News

  • Senior Profile - Ex-paratrooper served under JFK

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Navor Roybal credits swimming for his continued ability to walk.

    The 78-year-old nearly lifelong Las Vegas resident swims 20 laps seven days a week at the New Mexico Highlands University Natatorium. He’s been doing it for more than 30 years despite having a Pacemaker after suffering a heart attack in his early 60s.

  • West board asks state to pick new board member

    The four members of the West Las Vegas School Board were unable to reach a decision Wednesday evening on who should fill the vacant seat on their board, so they are leaving it up to state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera to decide.

    The vacancy was created by the resignation of Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez in April. Benavidez was found ineligible to serve on the board due to a felony drug conviction.

  • Mom pursuing alleged bullying

    April Romero said summer vacation could not have come sooner enough for her son.

    The end of the school year meant her sixth- grade son will now take a break from the alleged bullying he has encountered this past school year at Memorial Middle School.

    Recently, Romero took her son’s story to social media in an effort to bring attention to the alleged bullying issues in the school site.

  • Some Hispanics face ridicule over support for Trump

    By Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin

    The Associated Press

    ANAHEIM, Calif.  — Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piñatas — clashing with police, at times — to protest the Republican presidential contender’s hard line approach to immigration.

  • Finally, cap and gown for ex-judge

    The Associated Press

    MORA — Former state District Judge Matias A. Zamora will finally get to participate in his high school graduation ceremony, something he was unable to do 70 years ago when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

    Zamora will don a cap and gown during Friday’s ceremony in the northern New Mexico community of Mora. He’ll be celebrating with 30 graduating seniors.

    New Mexico Veterans’ Services Secretary Jack Fox will be among the speakers who will honor Zamora.

  • Jail Log May 27, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 18 and May 24:
    Gabriel Chavez, 23, hold for court
    Alexiaray Archuleta, 25, hold for court
    Amalla Rosolio, 64, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Michael Murphy, 52, distribution of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Lorenzo Sanchez, 56, failure to appear, bench warrant, LV/ Municipal

  • JC’s to offer bowling at new location

    The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve a restaurant beer and wine license for JC’s New York Pizza Department’s new location at 209-211 Plaza St.

    “We’re moving our restaurant from 131 Bridge St.,” owner Joaquin Garofalo told the Council. “We’re looking to grow our business and add a few amenities.”

    Those amenities include a three-lane bowling alley and pool tables.

    No firm date has been set for the move.

  • Prominent Watrous resident dies in rollover

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Ernie Moberg is no stranger to middle-of-the-night phone calls from police.

    For 52 years, he’s operated a 24/7 towing service in Watrous, responding to crashes and disabled vehicles on Interstate 25.

    So when the 77-year-old owner of Moberg’s Garage & Wrecker Service got a personal visit from state police sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday, he expected the worst.

  • NM probes handling of emergency food aid

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The practice of altering emergency food assistance applications that results in delayed benefits may date back more than a decade, New Mexico lawmakers were told Monday.

    In April, a state employee who processed emergency food benefit applications testified in court that superiors changed her notes and put down that an applicant had an additional $400 — delaying immediate delivery of assistance.

  • Duke City school to honor Cummings

    Vanessa Cummings was known to bring a story to life either through music or re-enactment. On Thursday, a classroom of kids from Longfellow Elementary in Albuquerque will bring her life to stage.

    Mora native Nathan Espinoza and his fifth grade class from Longfellow Elementary will present “Con Valor,” an original play written and preformed by the students.