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Today's News

  • Campos gets 1 more year

    The stage was set for a showdown Wednesday night over a proposed two-year contract extension for Luna Community College President Pete Campos.

    But a last-minute compromise avoided that showdown, with the board voting 6-1 to grant Campos a one-year contract extension, meaning that Campos will be at the school’s helm through at least June 30, 2014.

  • Passenger shot during bizarre chase

    State police are continuing to investigate a bizarre incident in Mora County in which a teen sustained a gunshot wound Saturday night as people in two separate vehicles shot at the vehicle she was a passenger in.

    State police Lt. Robert McDonald said Thursday that no suspects had yet been arrested.

    The harrowing ordeal occurred at around 10:45 p.m. Saturday as the teen was on her way back from Taos.

    Near Holman Elementary School, a dark extended cab truck was traveling north as the Green Honda the victim was in was headed south.

  • Senior profile - Betty Quick

    By Lupita P.Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Betty Quick’s surname aptly defines her character — petite, lively, eager, unceremonious, and at least 15 other adjectives embodied by the word, quick. Those who know Betty would probably agree that the name is apt for her. And one further clarification straight from Ms. Quick: “It’s not Elizabeth …  I am Betty!”

  • A day of service for UWC students

    By Emily Withnall
    UWC-USA

    They hammered boards, raked fields, scrubbed a shelter, stuffed envelopes, and more.
    On Monday, 25 work crews made up of students, community members and volunteers spread out to help with myriad service projects in Montezuma, Las Vegas, Ribera, and Watrous in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. through service has become a tradition at UWC-USA and across the nation; MLK Day was designated as the National Day of Service by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • No one injured in school blaze

    A small trash can and paper towel dispenser fire caused the evacuation of Tony Serna Jr. Elementary on Tuesday morning.

    Students and staff all evacuated safely as city of Las Vegas fire crews reported to the small fire that was confined to a boys bathroom on the southwest part of the building.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson said an 8-year-old male student brought a lighter from home and lit a paper towel on fire in the bathroom. The boy’s name wasn’t released because of federal privacy laws.

  • Cops: Murders were planned

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — For at least a week, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego had been planning the attack, authorities said.

    After shooting his mother and three siblings in their beds, he ambushed his father as the pastor returned home from an overnight shift at a homeless shelter. Then the teen reloaded the family’s rifles.

  • African American Legacy Symposium set for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic
    Highlands University presents two symposiums about New Mexico’s African American Legacy this Saturday and Feb. 9.

    Saturday’s symposium is titled The Migration of African Americans to Northern New Mexico.

    The Feb. 9 symposium is titled The Impact of the African American Athlete on New Mexico Highlands University. Both symposiums are from 1 to 3 p.m. in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 25, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 15 and Jan. 21:
    James Guerro, 25, bench warrant: Failure to comply with conditions of release
    Kenneth Sena, 43, bench warrant: Driving on suspended revoked license, child not properly restrained, failure to pay
    Raymond Archuleta, 43, failure to pay child support
    Antonio Goke, 26, bench warrant: Failure to pay fines, Armed Robbery

  • In Brief - Local - Jan. 25, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Missing driver found by deputy

    A search for a man who apparently became disoriented and disappeared after he rolled his vehicle on Sunday ended happily when he was found by a Mora County sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday morning.
    Sheriff Thomas Garza said state police handled the initial call about the rollover that occurred on N.M. 518 at about mile marker 26 or 27.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 25, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, Jan. 23 — When the North team assembles this August to play against the South in the annual football game at Lobos’ stadium in Albuquerque, Las Vegas will be represented by two boys who have been standouts in the life of their schools for several years. Eddie Valdez has been selected for the team as guard, a position he held down on the West Las Vegas Dons for the past three years. Mark Johnson took the helm as quarterback on the Robertson Cardinal football team in his sophomore year.