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Today's News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Petition seeks judge’s suspension

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission is asking the state Supreme Court to suspend a Las Cruces judge while he’s being investigated on allegations of bribery.

    Commission executive director Randall Roybal says the petition to temporarily suspend state District Judge Mike Murphy was filed Tuesday.

    Roybal declined to comment further because of confidentiality rules.

  • Firefighters making progress

    By Sue Major Holmes
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Despite strong winds, firefighters are making progress in battling a wildfire that has charred thousands of acres and forced evacuations.

    “It’s still an active fire, it’s still moving along, but it’s not getting outside containment lines,” state Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said.

    The 10,341-acre fire that broke out Sunday was 50 percent contained by Wednesday night even though winds had been gusting to 40 mph during the day.

  • Clinic for veterans now open

    Submitted to the Optic

    Health Net, Inc. and the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System opened the Las Vegas VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 624 University Ave., in Las Vegas, on April 1.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! COMMUNITY TRAGEDIES. Two homicides in as many days can really shake up a small town. Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, and Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, were killed in separate incidents only a few days ago. Two men, Richard Vigil, 47, and John Brito, 44, also of Las Vegas, face charges related to Hernandez’s death, while Clancy’s housemate, 52-year-old Tamara Smith, is charged in her death.

    All of these people — the victims as well as the suspects — resided in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2011
  • Keeping Pace: Five great years at the Optic

    Five years ago I walked into the Optic with my resume in hand, knowing that the last time I wrote for a newspaper was way back in 1973. I worked as a reporter for the Torii Teller, a slick little weekly news magazine covering the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Romero Brothers emerge

    In the first years of his freighting business, Miguel Romero and his five sons, and other family members, made the long  journeys themselves, but soon Don Miguel was able to hire and provide for the many teamsters who would drive his  wagons along the Santa Fe Trail.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The wild, wild West

    “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children.”
    — Native American Proverb

    As a community member studied the first two panels erected across from the Spic & Span, he asked, where are the animals? Where are the bison, deer and elk? Be assured that the animals will be represented and are as much a part of our history as the people who depended on them for survival.

  • Lady Cards knock off Bosque

    The midseason roll continues for the Robertson girls’ tennis team, and not even the absence of a premier player was enough to derail the Lady Cardinals Wednesday at Bosque Prep in Albuquerque.

  • Joe Abrams Classic