Today's News

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Back to school and freedom in teaching

    Editor’s note: This column is a repeat from August 2013, updated where needed to make it relevant in August 2015.

    LAS VEGAS — It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories.

    I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown up, which in a kid’s eyes is real freedom.

  • Uphill climb for NMHU

    Las Vegas Optic and RMAC reports

    Colorado School of Mines has been tabbed the preseason favorite to take home the 2015 RMAC volleyball title after the preseason coaches’ poll was released this past week.

    The Orediggers have held at least a share of the RMAC regular-season title in each of the last three seasons, finishing last season tied atop the standings with Colorado Mesa. Both squads racked up 17-1 RMAC records.

  • NFL coaches try cracking down on fights

    By Steve Reed
    AP Sports Writer

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week’s joint practices with the Miami Dolphins: You fight, you’re out.

    “We told our guys if you get thrown off the field, I’m going to treat you like you got thrown out of a game,” Rivera said Thursday.

    So players wouldn’t return to practice.

    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin agreed with the approach, and it has worked.

  • Big fish

    By Martin Lopez
    Submitted to the Optic

    Breneck Richards, Amadeo Lopez and Brandon Torrez are old high school buddies who decided to go fishing at Storrie Lake on Sunday (Aug. 9).

    They were pleased to see that it had filled up with all the rain. Lopez had been away at college and was happy to do something with his buddies so he got them together to fish.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 24

    Fishing report, Aug. 18

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow on Monday near Cimarron was 25 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, elk hair caddis, tricos and brassies for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair to good using PowerBait and salmon eggs.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 24, 2015

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU women vs. University of the Southwest, 1 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Mora Middle School vs. Questa, 4 p.m., Mora

  • Rec center work to proceed

    Determining that it’s no longer feasible to wait for outside funding to fix the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center, city officials announced Wednesday that they would seek a $2.5 million loan from the New Mexico Finance authority to get the ball rolling on Phase 1 of the project.

    The recreation center’s swimming pool area has been closed since powerful winds ripped off a portion of the roof over the pool in May of 2014.

    Consultants hired by the city to assess the damage estimated last November that the cost of the needed repairs would be $3.3 million.

  • Jail Log - August 21, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 11 and Aug. 17:
    Alfonso Garduño, 29, criminal trespass, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia.
    Miguel Rubio, 42, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joshua Duran, 25, sexual exploitation of a minor via telecommunication
    Mario Trujillo, 58, hold for court
    Olivia Montaño, 34, aggravated battery on a household member

  • Sweet Sounds - Cascabel headlines Music Fest

    The popular band Cascabel is returning to its hometown for this weekend’s Meadow City Music Festival. The band filled dance halls, playing at proms and weddings for many years before dissolving more than 30 years ago.

    On Friday evening, the group, which includes three of its founding members — Ben Sena, Leo Maes and Benito Encinias — will come together for a reunion show. They will perform starting at 10 p.m. on Friday at the Historic Serf Theatre.

    Steve Leger will join them. He was added to the band roughly a year after its birth.

  • Finance chief optimistic about state’s recovery

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Declining oil and gas prices will continue to cut into revenues in the next fiscal year but the state has enough money to follow through with education reforms and public safety mandates, New Mexico’s top finance official told lawmakers Wednesday.

    Tom Clifford, the head of the Department of Finance and Administration, updated members of the Legislative Finance Committee on the latest revenue outlook during a meeting in Taos.