Today's News

  • Ex-trustee’s wife in NM gun case pleads not guilty

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — The wife of a former Columbus village trustee indicted in connection with a smuggling ring that federal authorities say funneled hundreds of guns into Mexico pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was given a conditional release.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Gabrielle Gutierrez, 30, entered her plea before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge William P. Lynch to charges of conspiracy, two counts of making false statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms and two counts of smuggling goods from the U.S.

  • Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday — a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped.

    New Mexico had the highest overdose death rate (27 per 100,000) and Nebraska had the lowest (5.5). The national rate was 11.9.

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  • Noticias - Nov. 4, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.
    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.” Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 4, 2011

    • Mothers of Preschoolers meeting, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at Calvary Chapel (located in the alley behind Lowes and next to the Elks Lodge). Moms with children of any age are welcome. Through this group moms help each other become better moms while learning new parenting skills and developing new friendships. Child care provided. For more information, call Lena Atencio at 454-0572 or 575-496-2920 or email her at lena.atencio@yahoo.com


  • Patients turn to ‘navigator’

    By Amanda
    Albuquerque Journal

    ALBUQUERQUE — Like many patients with advanced cancer, Dennis Williams found himself facing questions he couldn’t ask anyone, even his family.

    Then he met Marcy Zaffron. Since April, when patients diagnosed with advanced cancer need to talk, they find Zaffron. He is the quality of life navigator at Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ Cancer Center, who works with mostly Stage IV cancer patients.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 4, 2011

    The Associated Press

    Projects to be part of initiative
    ALBUQUERQUE — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says two projects in New Mexico will be included in a 50-state report outlining proposals for reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors.

    The projects include the creation of an urban national wildlife refuge on Albuquerque's southern edge at the site of the old Price's Dairy and construction of a pedestrian bridge at the Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico.

  • Gun cartel attorney choice unsettled

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is considering whether to allow a high-profile Albuquerque attorney to represent all four members of a Deming family accused of selling guns to Mexican cartel members.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack declined to make a decision on the request Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces but repeatedly cautioned that potential conflicts of interest could hamper attorney Sam Bregman’s defense of the family.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS. Refinancing a bank loan to buy additional property can be a good deal, but in the case of the Highlands University Foundation, it was even better because it freed up more than $120,000 a year in student scholarship money. The foundation bought 1.25 acres of prime real estate next to its Rio Rancho campus, and in doing so, struck a favorable financing deal with the Bank of Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 4, 2011