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Today's News

  • Police deploy Taser in pursuit of suspect

    A  man who tried to confuse state police officers about his identity was arrested after he attempted to get away from them, officials said.

    Luis Sanchez, 21, of Sapello was the passenger in a red Camero when officers stopped him and the driver, Rudy Sanchez, 20, also of Sapello, around 5 a.m. Jan. 19, according to reports.

    State police recognized Rudy Sanchez, the driver, but they weren’t sure who the passenger was. The passenger gave the name of Marco Romo, but state police couldn’t find anyone with that name in their system.

  • 'Pokes rock the Hawks

    Battling to get back in the chase for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division title, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys came through with a 95-93 victory Saturday night over Fort Lewis College.

    The host Skyhawks (15-4 overall, 9-2 RMAC) entered the game as the sixth-ranked team in the region. Before Saturday, their only conference loss had come Dec. 4 at nationally ranked Metro State.

    Highlands snapped FLC’s seven-game winning streak while pumping its own record up to 12-7 overall and 6-5 in the RMAC.

  • Bustos' Grizzlies beat Armijo's Cowgirls

    In a head-to-head meeting of former Las Vegas high school basketball stars now plying their trade on the college hardwood, this one was a statistical toss-up.

    Jessica Armijo, Robertson High alumnus now with New Mexico Highlands, was 5 for 12 from the floor for 13 points to go with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Vera Jo Bustos, West Las Vegas alumnus now with Adams State College, was 4 of 11 for 13 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, one steal and nine turnovers in 35 minutes.

  • Man accused of beating up wife

    A man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly beat up his wife and threatened her with death.

    Ruben D. Gallegos, 47, 950 La Gunita Road, was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault, abuse of a child, false imprisonment and interference with communications.

    According to a criminal complaint, Gallegos packed his bags and said he was leaving his wife on Jan. 17. But he returned intoxicated around 5 a.m. the next day, saying it was his house and that he wanted her out. He reportedly ordered her not to take their son.

  • College Night set for Tuesday

    Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 12th annual College Night from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the city’s recreation center.

    The Highlands University Recruitment Office said about 40 university academic departments will have information tables at the event. Highlands will also have information tables for student organizations like the Student Ambassadors and the Native American Club. Luna will also have about 40 information tables at College Night.

  • As It Is: He is, but he isn't

    Sometimes you have to marvel at the contradictions in government-speak.

    Patrick Lyons’ official title is “Commissioner of Public Lands.” But in defending his controversial proposal to swap Whites Peak lands, he argues in a PowerPoint presentation that state-owned lands in that area are not public lands. They’re trust lands.

    Say what?

    By Lyons’ account, the “public” part of his title is a big mistake. He is the public lands commissioner, but he’s not.

  • No bull: 'El Toro' earns redemption

    Friday night, Arturo "El Toro" Crespin got even.

    The Las Vegas junior middleweight avenged his only professional defeat with a four-round decision against Albuquerque’s Carlos "El Gallo" Sanchez. The bout was part of the undercard for Friday’s ShoBox event at Tingley Coliseum. Onetime Las Vegan Gary Shaw promoted the card.

    Sanchez had beaten Crespin in the WLV graduate’s third pro fight in June 2009. In a recent interview with the Optic, the 19-year-old Crespin said he was looking for “redemption” in the rematch.

  • West girls zip past St. Mike's

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team had the most memorable game — and the lone victory — in a challenging weekend for the Meadow City’s four varsity high school basketball squads.

    The Lady Dons, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, squeaked out a 38-34 win over St. Michael’s at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe on Saturday night, keeping their hold on first place in District 2-3A.

  • Letter: Doesn't believe the self-defense claim

    I am appalled by the actions of District Judge Eugenio Mathis in the case against Richard Baca in the killing of Benito Lemos. The reduction of charges and bail on the basis of a self-defense argument is absurd.

  • Family: Neighbor saved lives

    It sounded like gunshots shortly before 6 a.m. Jan. 9. They woke up Vince and Alysha Martinez, who jumped out of bed thinking there was someone needing help.

    “We heard screaming,” Vince said.