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Today's News

  • Ex-Mora sheriff arrested

    Last year’s Mora County sheriff was arrested along with another man following an alleged fight Friday.

    Ex-Sheriff Roy Cordova, 39, of Rainsville and John Gonzales, 34, of Guadalupita were involved in a altercation alongside Highway 434 in Guadalupita, according to a probable cause statement filed by state police officer Frank Chavez. Both men were charged with aggravated battery, resisting, evading or obstructing arrest and public affray after the new Mora County sheriff, Thomas Garza, attempted to break up the fight, Chavez reported.

  • ‘All We Can’

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    Special to the Optic

    Countless incidents of animal cruelty, neglect and abuse take place in this country every year.

    At least 3 million are euthanized because there are no homes for them. That doesn’t take into consideration the numbers that die from neglect or abuse.

    The current economy is also contributing to the problem. When some homeowners move away because of a change in their own circumstances, they abandon their pets to whatever fate may befall them.

  • Report: Armed man hijacks vehicle, flees

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Las Vegas man who allegedly forced another man out of a car at gunpoint then made the victim’s girlfriend drive toward Montezuma before taking control of and wrecking the car himself.

    Bernardino Baca, 31, of 1409 Seventh St., has been charged with nine felony counts, including assault, battery, kidnapping, possession of firearm and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

  • Alleged hospital shooter surrenders

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say a man wanted for allegedly firing a shot inside an Albuquerque hospital last week is in custody.

    Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies say 21-year-old Cesar Dominguez-Garcia surrendered without incident Saturday.

    Police say Dominguez was at the University of New Mexico Hospital with his girlfriend on Jan. 4 when he became upset, beat up his girlfriend, then fired a shot in the hallway.

  • Water report to expand

    In a collaborative effort between the City of Las Vegas Utility Department, this newspaper and the Las Vegas Community Water Board you will soon see a new feature on Page 3 called “Your Friday Water Report.”

  • RHS grapplers 2nd in Moriarty

    Short several wrestlers due to illness and injuries, Robertson nevertheless went 4-1 and captured second place in this past weekend’s Moriarty Duals.

    Robertson 145-pounder Troy Estrada, one of two Cardinals who went 5-0, was named to the all-tournament team, the lone wrestler from Class 3A to earn that distinction in an event chock full of big-school mat talent.

  • Dons’ rally falls short at Pojoaque

    West Las Vegas chopped Pojoaque’s 20-point lead down to a few possessions’ difference Monday night, but the rally came too late and the host Elks won 57-45 at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

    The meeting of former district enemies pumped Pojoaque’s record to 9-6 while dropping West to 4-9.

    “Too many empty possessions and turnovers,” said WLV coach Morgan Montaño. “We played a hard fourth (quarter), but they held the ball and we couldn’t finish.”

  • New HU coach takes to the air

    Promising changes and progress, newly hired New Mexico Highlands football coach Eric Young introduced himself to the community Monday evening via KMDZ radio’s weekly sports talk show.

    “Turning around a team in a year is not that big a deal to me,” said Young, who said the seven years he spent in the junior college ranks has helped him become accustomed to relatively rapid building projects. “What’s more exciting to me is being able to build over three or four years.”

  • Caring for the animals

    Paul McCartney reportedly said, “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” If that’s the case, we as a community have plenty of room for improvement. It’s not uncommon to see stray dogs and cats wandering our streets, often abandoned or dumped by their owners, or seeing dogs living their lives bound to a chain while their owners ignore all but their most basic needs of food and water.

    But, overall, we are a compassionate community, and we know we can do better than that.

  • Work of Art: Sweatin’ to the newbies

    By Art Trujillo

    It’s around this time of the year when people’s visits to doctors increase. And doctors often say such an increase is expected around the holidays. We overeat.

    ‘Twas the season to gormandize on turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams and the full spectrum of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s edibles.