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Today's News

  • Man charged with murder

    A Las Vegas man is now facing an open count of murder in the death of his grandmother.

    Ryan Garcia, 27, 1116 Columbia St., is accused of killing his grandmother, Margaret Garcia, and hurting his uncles, Robert and Ralph Garcia.

    The attacks allegedly occurred late in the afternoon of Feb. 16 at 1116 Columbia Street.

    Ryan Garcia’s grandmother died three days after the attack. The suspect allegedly threw the woman over the porch onto some concrete, where she landed on her head.

  • Elks down WLV, RHS boys

    Boys’ basketball teams from Robertson and West Las Vegas saw their District 2-3A tournament hopes dashed by the same opponent this week — Pojoaque Valley.

    The Elks, veterans of extended postseason runs — including a state championship — in recent seasons, pummeled West Las Vegas 57-44 on Tuesday evening in the opening round. Then they beat Robertson 61-50 on Wednesday, advancing to Thursday’s semifinal at St. Michael’s.

  • HU sluggers sweep Cougars; now 9-1

    The New Mexico Highlands baseball team swept the Colorado Christian Cougars on day two of the series by scores of 15-10 and 9-8, completing a four-game series sweep to open the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule over the weekend.

    The offense was again the main story of the day as the team hit .420 on Saturday.

    The Cowboys are now 9-1 overall and 3-0 in RMAC play; they trek to Portales on Tuesday to take on the Greyhounds of Eastern New Mexico University in a non-conference matchup.

  • Letter: Ash Wednesday not in Bible

    I noticed on Wednesday, Feb. 17, several people wore crosses in ash on their foreheads, and I remembered it was Ash Wednesday. I would like to ask your readers to consider something.

    Is Ash Wednesday found anywhere in the Bible? No, it is not. Then where did it come from? It is merely human tradition and man-made doctrine.

  • Letter: Land commissioner has too much power

    I am a longtime bow hunter and have hunted the White Peak area since 1976. I have been following closely State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons’ proposals to trade State Trust Land to private ranchers in order to “consolidate” parcels of private and state land in the White Peak area. Rather than beat a dead horse with details of the controversy, I would instead like to point out another very important issue that could have possibly avoided this entire mess.

  • Above and Beyond: A master of mariachi

    Wherever Martin Sena teaches he makes his students shine, partly because he makes learning fun.

    But mostly when they listen to this master of mariachi, they find themselves at ease on stage because they’re confident in their skills.

    “This is something easy for me to do because the kids like it so much,” Sena said. 

  • Lawmaker's Perspective: The coming fiscal year

    The New Mexico Legislature did a lot of work during the regular 30-day session to prepare good tax policy proposals to fill the “sinkholes” that are threatening the provision of core government services.

    Although we had a 30-day window to set the framework to raise sufficient revenues to fund an efficient level of government and to compose a prudent budget, revenue projections have been volatile and we’ve been getting reliable indications that revenues are falling further, perhaps by as much as $100 million.  

  • Letter: Las Vegas treats its strays badly

    One measure of a solid, stand-up community is how they treat their stray animals. A town that takes these animals in and does its best to ensure they are cared for medically and returned home or rehomed is a stand-up town. Las Vegas has a very bad reputation when it comes to helping its animals most in need.

  • Letter: Criticism of ruling is inaccurate

    Robert Pearson’s Feb. 5 letter in the Optic suggests a response. The Supreme Court’s decision to which he refers is Citizens v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling which did not “overthrow a century of practice and decades of legal rulings” as Pearson states.

  • Four firsts for Highlands' Graham in RMAC

    Angella Graham of New Mexico Highlands University was named the meet’s top female athlete in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Golden, Colo.

    Graham won four individual events — the pentathlon, high jump, long jump and triple jump — and was a runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles.

    The effort led the Cowgirls to a third-place team finish behind only national powerhouse Adams State and Nebraska-Kearney.