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Today's News

  • Wright on the money

    One remarkable fact about Seth Wright’s national championship season: it almost didn’t happen at all.

    Wright was out of wrestling when New Mexico Highlands University head coach Doug Moses persuaded him to give the sport another go (and make the move to NMHU).

    Wright agreed, and on Saturday, mere months after that decision, the 125-pound senior claimed the NCAA Division II national championship in his weight class.

  • Man sentenced for robbing store

    A man who was accused of holding up a convenience store, among other crimes, has been convicted, the district attorney said.

    Richard Griego, 23, of Ribera has been sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison and two years of parole, District Attorney Richard Flores said in a statement.

    According to the DA’s office, Griego held up the Allsups at 113 S. Grand Ave. Witnesses said Griego placed some items on the counter and as a clerk opened up the cash register, Griego jumped over the counter and pulled out the drawer and fled the store with the cash.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN f or ... A MUDDY MESS. Residents along Alamo Street are understandably fed up with the undone reconstruction of their street. Work was stopped last fall, leaving an inside-the-city dirt road that turned to mud with all the snows this winter.

  • Letter: Health care issue can be solved

    As a teenager I lived with my family near London, England, for two years. This was in 1954 and ‘55 — 10 years after the end of World War II. I remember seeing whole acres of London which were flat planes where bombed out structures had been cleared away but not yet replaced. Meat and coal were rationed and paper was in very short supply.

  • You're taking property rights, county told

    Two San Miguel County landowners are asking the County Commission to rescind its moratorium on oil and gas drilling. They said it is impacting their property rights.

    Larry Webb and Phil Bidegain — both of whom own land on the county’s east side — told the commission this week that they have leases with companies for possible oil and gas drilling.

    Webb said he has a lease that comes up on May 4. He said he fears the company may not renew it because of the uncertainty surrounding the moratorium.

  • Above and Beyond: Leading team to victory

    As the Lady Dons ended their unforgettable season in the University of New Mexico’s “Pit,” appreciation for coach Jose “Magic” Medina and the team’s achievement’s was only beginning.

    As star players Vanessa Lucero and Miranda Martinez walked off the court, they were invited to try out for the Nike Elite Travel Team. Of the more than 130 young women who tried out, both Lady Dons made the squad.

  • MVD clerks anger residents

    The drill is usually simple at the local motor vehicle office: Take a number and wait your turn.

    But the rules changed Friday, angering customers.

    The office was shorthanded, so its employees took a lunch and left a bunch of people waiting outside. Around 15 were still there when an Optic reporter showed up around 2 p.m.

  • Grand Avenue under construction

    The long-awaited Grand Avenue project is beginning this week.

    Officials said they hope to finish the $4.4 million project by September. The first phase of work includes the area from Tilden to Columbia streets.

  • West seeks feedback on budget

    The West Las Vegas school board is taking its meetings to different schools to give parents and staff a chance to give feedback on next year’s budget.

    Some of the ideas being tossed around include increasing class sizes and reducing hours of instruction.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu welcomed a large group from Union and Don Cecilio Martinez elementary schools to a presentation by Finance Director Dawn Biagianti at Union.

  • Redbirds rolling

    Adrian Jaramillo notched two pitching wins — both in relief — and popped a couple home runs to help Robertson go 3-0 and run away with the Socorro Invitational championship over the weekend.