Today's News

  • For Ortiz, Gurule- Giron, Tuesday is: Judgment Day

    To say that the relationship between Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron is strained would be an understatement.

    On election night in March— after the votes had been counted leaving no doubt that the two would be heading into a runoff election — both showed up at City Hall. They exchanged an awkward handshake and then quickly went back to their corners.

    On that night, Ortiz walked away with 206 more votes than Gurule-Giron.  

  • Inspiring Success

    Of all the success stories associated with “Breaking Bad,” the smash hit cable series on AMC, one that holds the most charm for New Mexicans is that of actor Steven Michael Quezada.

    Quezada, the Albuquerque native who portrays federal agent Steven Gomez, toiled as a standup comic before landing the gig as the Duke City-based show began production.

    Quezada, 49, will serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming President’s Gala at New Mexico Highlands University, a fundraiser to benefit NMHU scholarships.

  • State fines Mora school official $16K

    The state Public Education Department has yanked Roger Gonzales’ business license, and it is ordering him to repay $16,446 in school funding that it says he misspent plus an untold sum to cover the costs of the disciplinary proceedings against him.

    Gonzales, the chief operations officer of the Mora Independent School District, was also found to have been carrying out administrative duties without the required administrator’s license.

  • Scuffle between sheriff, deputy sparks investigation

    State police are investigating an incident that unfolded in Mora County on Saturday evening in which a dispute between the sheriff and one of his deputies over the handling of a drunk driving case allegedly resulted in a physical altercation.

    “There was an altercation between a deputy and myself,” Sheriff Thomas Garza told the Optic Thursday. “I don’t know what he was thinking or what... He was pretty much  insubordinate with me, so I terminated him.”

  • Weather - April 13, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


  • Bear sightings begin early

    A bear was found up a tree in the 1200 block of Seventh Street on Thursday morning, according to a report on KFUN radio.

    Martha Johnsen, morning host at the station, told listeners that Game & Fish officials were expected to arrive at the scene, capture the animal and take it back into the wild.

    This may be the first bear sighting of the year inside Las Vegas.

  • Campos to remain on primary ballot

    Area voters will get to decide which of two current lawmakers they want representing them in the Senate after the state Supreme Court rejected requests to boot incumbent Pete Campos and other candidates from the ballot for failing to include district numbers on their nominating petitions.

    “I’m grateful to the New Mexico Supreme Court for allowing the voters the opportunity to choose their state senator,” Campos, a Las Vegas Democrat, said Wednesday.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 13, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! GARCIA’S TROUBLES. It was a bad week for Thomas Garcia, who is juggling three high-profile roles these days — as Mora Independent School District superintendent, a candidate for the District 8 state Senate position and as a District 68 state representative out of Ocaté.

  • Editorial Cartoons - April 13, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Democrats swept on eve of statehood

    Public corruption is nothing new to New Mexico, and on the eve of statehood, the seemingly invincible Republican Party suffered a humiliating defeat amid a cloud of misconduct surrounding its candidate for governor.