Today's News

  • Fair warning or smear?

    Mayoral hopeful Tonita Gurule-Giron was fired from a managerial position at the state Human Services Department following allegations that she made false accusations against one of her employees and that she tried to get others who worked for her to do the same.

    The employee she was accused of targeting was Edward Tsyitee, one of her opponents in the mayor’s race. She accused him of sexually harassing women in the office.

    The drama unfolded more than 12 years ago at the local Income Support Division, where Gurule-Giron served as county director.

  • Parent says son assaulted by coach

    The mother of a West Las Vegas Middle School Seventh grader says an assistant coach there placed her son in a headlock and later tried to stick his head into a toilet on Wednesday.

    Frances Gonzales said the school’s administration tried to talk her out of filing charges, and she contends that the assistant coach was at the school on Thursday.

  • Wind blown

    Stacey Jaramillo was getting ready for class at about 9 a.m. on Thursday when she felt her mobile home shake.

    “It felt like an earthquake,” the New Mexico Highlands University student said.

    She looked around the house and soon went outside to discover that the strong winds had toppled part of a tree onto their double-wide mobile home, located on McRae and Silva Streets.

    She called her husband, Felix Jaramillo, at Pizza Hut where he is employed as a floor manager.

  • A fifth of NM’s 3rd graders are obese

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A recent study by state health officials found that more than a fifth of third graders in New Mexico are obese.

    The report issued this month by the New Mexico Department of Health showed that 15 percent of kindergartners are obese, rising to 22 percent by third grade.

    The study was based on a survey of more than 3,600 New Mexico children at 28 schools statewide between August and November.

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  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Feb. 25 — A pint of nitroglycern was found yesterday by members of the sheriff’s office, which is thought to be some of that which was used to blow the safe in the robbery of the Gross, Kelly company May 14, 1934, Sheriff Francisco P. Delgado said. The nitroglycern was found buried under a tree on a ranch northwest of Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    Early voting ends Friday

    If you’re hoping to cast your ballot early for the municipal election, you’d better hurry. Early voting, which is being held at City Hall, ends at 5 p.m. this Friday. Election day is March 6. On that day, polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • Weather - Feb. 27, 2012

    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.  A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy, with a south wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Windy, with a west wind 35-40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Mostly clear and windy at night, with a low around 23.


  • Correction - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously identified the company that helped Josette and Archie Martinez install a solar system on their home. The name of the company is Consolidated Solar Technologies.

  • RHS, Mora girls win district tourneys

    It was the girls’ night out Saturday in district basketball tournaments across New Mexico, and Robertson and Mora both stepped up in the spotlight, winning district championships.

    Chantel Sena sank two clutch free throws with just a couple seconds left to clinch a 50-47 Robertson victory over Taos in the District 2-3A girls’ final at Mike Marr Gym.

    “It was a great team effort,” said Robertson coach Rick Armijo, who led the Lady Cardinals to dual regular-season and tournament titles in his first year back at the helm of the program.