Today's News

  • Another Perspective: Martinez is helping teachers

    By Tim Lewis

    I know it’s popular in some circles to attack Gov. Susana Martinez as anti-teacher and claim that her education reforms aren’t working. But let me tell you, as a teacher from a family of teachers, those smears don’t reflect the facts. Gov. Martinez has a record that demonstrates she cares about teachers and the students we teach.

  • Lady Cards 4th in state softball fray

    Two losses to Hope Christian doomed the Robertson Lady Cardinals in their quest for a state softball championship this past week in Rio Rancho.

    But they came tantalizingly close to the championship round, and that has them already looking forward to next season.

    Robertson made a deep run that ended in the playback bracket of the Class 3A state tournament; a 10-3 loss to Hope eliminated the Lady Cardinals on Friday afternoon.

  • Cowboys eliminated in regional

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — New Mexico Highlands rallied from 8-2 down with seven straight runs, but Tarleton State came back with one in the ninth and four in the 10th, and the Texans went on to win 13-9 in the second round of the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Senior Jordan Goliat, in his final game for the Cowboys, led off the bottom of the first with a blast to right for his second round-tripper of the season. Who knew it was a foreshadowing of things to come?

  • Gurule state champ in javelin

    West Las Vegas sophomore Nicholas Gurule earned a state championship in the javelin, recording a winning throw of 161 feet, 8 inches, on Saturday at the University of New Mexico track and soccer complex in Albuquerque.

    Gurule has led Class 3A most of the spring in the event, and his best throw won by 5 feet, 3 inches, over Bloomfield senior Bobby Lyon.

    Going into the weekend, Gurule was among the favorites. His chief competition had been from WLV teammate Salvador Lopez, a junior. But Lopez recorded a no-decision.

  • Little League - May 19

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. All LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    Monday, May 19: Angels vs. Mets, 4 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Yankees, 6 p.m.; Reds vs. Red Sox, 8 p.m.
    Wednesday, May 21: Mets vs. Orioles, 4 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Red, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday, May 19: Bats vs. Red Wings, 6:15 p.m.; Paw Sox vs. Rivercats, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 20: Thunder vs. Owlz, 6:15 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Rattlers, 7:45 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 19, 2014

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell Invaders, 7 p.m., Roswell

  • Dodge offered Española job

    City Manager Timothy Dodge might soon leave the  meadows of Las Vegas for the “jungle” of Española after being offered the city manager post there.

    “Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Dodge,” Española’s legendary newspaper, the Rio Grande Sun, declared on its front page on Thursday.

    Not so fast.

  • No gun tribute at Lujan burial - Deceased a ‘superhero’ to family

    Arcenio Lujan will be laid to rest today, and while he is being buried with military honors, there will be no firing of volley shots.   

    Agnes Lujan, Arcenio’s wife of 25 years, can’t bear the thought of hearing gun shots at the funeral, fearing that it will take her back to last Thursday when her husband was shot by two police officers after he reportedly pointed a rifle at them. Arcenio’s life came to an end on the porch of their double-wide mobile home on Castle Drive as Agnes Lujan watched from a distance.

  • Use of food stamps rises in county

    By Emily Guerin and Tim Marema
    For the Optic

    The use of food stamps in San Miguel County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

    The proportion of San Miguel County residents receiving food stamps hit 27.3 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 9.5 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

  • Top fundraiser in AG race is Balderas

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrat Hector Balderas holds a more than 20-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general, according to the latest financial reports.

    Balderas has stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidates, except for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who has cash-on-hand of $4.2 million in her re-election account.

    Balderas reported a campaign balance of $662,814 as of last week. He collected $47,463 in contributions during the past month.