Today's News

  • Editor's Note: Post- and pre-election analysis

    It wasn’t a very rowdy election cycle. There were numerous occasions in which the municipal candidates, 16 of them in all, had a chance to go toe-to-toe on the issues, but aside from a few criticisms thrown at Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, and one documented attack on councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron, I’d have to say it was all fairly mild.

    The runoff races, however, may stir up a lot more passion. There are big differences between the remaining candidates.

    First, take a look at Joey Herrera and Joe McCaffrey for Ward 3 council seat.

  • Grant national long jump champ

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Jillisa Grant added the indoor national championship to her 2011 outdoor win in the long jump with a record-setting performance this past Friday afternoon in Mankato, Minn.

    Grant broke the longest-standing women’s indoor record in NCAA Division II with a leap of 6.26 meters (20-6) to erase Norfolk State’s Chandra Sturrup’s mark of 6.24 meters set in 1995.

  • A Trojan epic

    ALBUQUERQUE — Before Friday, the last time a Wagon Mound boys’ basketball team hoisted a state championship trophy, the Four Seasons were topping the pop charts with their ode to “December 1963 (Oh What A Night).”

    On Friday, the Trojans and longtime coach Bobby Clouthier might have been inspired to sing their own version of that happy tune.

  • Cards just shy against St. Mike’s

    ALBUQUERQUE — Justin Bustos launched his jump shot, this one from three-point territory on the far right corner, and watched it arc high in the air like so many thousands of others he’d put up over the years. The ball rotated rhythmically and sliced crisply into the middle of the hoop, pulling the nylon strings slightly taut. Nearby, a referee extended both arms to signal a three-point basket.

    The buzzer sounded on the hallowed floor of The Pit.

  • Rangerettes fall in semis

    A valiant 28-point, 14-rebound effort by Andrea Romero and a spirited comeback by the Mora Rangerettes weren’t enough to get them past defending state champion Navajo Pine in the Class 2A girls’ state tournament semifinals this past Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Navajo Pine, the No. 6 seed and eventual state runner-up, outscored Mora 6-3 in overtime to pull off a 46-43 win, ending a historic Rangerettes season that saw them set a new school record for wins with 28 (with just three losses).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 12, 2012

    Track and field
    • NMHU at NCAA Indoor Nationals, TBA, Mankato, Minn.

    • West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española

    • NMHU at Western New Mexico (DH), noon, Silver City


  • $2.5M for area projects vetoed

    Saying that the system for doling out capital outlay dollars in New Mexico is in “dire need of reform,” Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed nearly $23 million in projects statewide on Wednesday, including nearly $2.5 million earmarked for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Fearless Crusader

    Karen Marquez has spent nearly all of her adult life helping low- income residents of this community navigate the complicated legal system.

    So it’s not surprising that Marquez, 57, is still trying to adjust to life outside of New Mexico Legal Aid after retiring from the organization a little more than two months ago.

    “It was the most difficult thing in my whole life. I really thought I was ready,” said Marquez, who worked there for 37 years.

  • San Miguel, Mora get fire grants

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE – A combined $39,400 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grant funding has been awarded to the San Miguel County and Mora volunteer fire departments, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.

    The awards are part of a total of $236,400 in Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant funds awarded to 17 New Mexico volunteer departments by New Mexico State Forestry.

    San Miguel County was awarded $22,200 and Mora was awarded $17,200.

  • Martinez signs bill to help veterans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A new state law will offer a tax break to encourage businesses to hire veterans who recently left the military and New Mexico also will give an advantage to veteran-owned businesses bidding on government contracts.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed the measures on Wednesday, as she met a deadline for acting on bills that passed the Legislature during its 30-day session.