Today's News

  • Accusations continue to fly in alleged drug probe

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Accusations continue to fly about who’s being targeted in an alleged FBI cocaine investigation in Santa Fe.

    Earlier this week, a fired Santa Fe police detective said during an arbitration hearing that he lost his job because he was helping investigate a drug case involving Santa Fe City Manager Robert Romero and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan. Both vehemently denied the allegations.

  • Legislative committee hearing on Tuesday in LV

    Submitted to the Optic

    The legislature's Redistricting Committee will conclude its series of public hearings on Aug. 30 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas and Aug. 31 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.  The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Aug. 30 in Kennedy Lounge at NMHU and at 9 a.m. on Aug. 31 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 29, 2011

    • Exercise and Wellness class at Luna Community College started Aug. 22 to Dec. 7, noon classes, four months of exercise for $41, (special $5 rate for seniors) includes Kickbox and Step Combo, cardio vascular machines, cardio-conditioning equipment, free weights, boxing equipment, exercise ball, toning and abdominal equipment, and wellness staff available. Last day to enroll is Aug. 29. Open to the public. Call 454-5314, 425-8767 or 429-0508.


  • Wasteful spending

    The West Las Vegas School district’s trip to “the other” Las Vegas is a good example of a bad decision being made on how to spend education dollars.

    First, some background. Every school district in the state, including West, is having to reign in spending in light of funding shortfalls. But not all of a district’s money comes from the same source, or goes into the same “general fund,” which explains why West’s Head Start program gets $21,680 annually in federal money for training and technical assistance.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 29, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Facts and opinions

    Facts are more important than opinions. That may seem like an obvious point, but given the times in which we live, it’s worth saying.

    Straight news reporting is the most valuable contribution being made to the national discussion, but you wouldn’t know that by observing the media’s behavior.

    I suppose it’s because the “most valuable contribution” isn’t always the most marketable. Opinion often sells better than fact.

  • Rangers rock Wingate 56-6

    “We could surprise some people,” new Mora High School head football coach Manuel Benavidez told the Optic this past week, as his team prepared for its first game. “And I think we will.”

    Optimism abounds this time of year, of course. Everyone is undefeated in the preseason.

    But one game into their schedule, so are the Mora Rangers.

    Mora, which has returned to the ranks of New Mexico football after a four-year absence, stunned Wingate on Friday night by a 56-6 margin.

  • Game slips away from Cards

    Turnovers by Robertson helped Portales score 21 unanswered points in the second half Friday night, and the host Rams took a 26-7 win in the season opener for both football teams.

    Robertson’s vaunted defense appeared as sharp as ever in the first half.
    An Antonio Arguello interception led to a Cardinal touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Redbirds led 7-6 at halftime.

  • Dons fall to No. 5 Socorro

    Unable to stop Ibrahim Maiga, the West Las Vegas Dons had to settle for containing him for the last three quarters of the game Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Maiga scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half to lead Socorro — the fifth-ranked team in Class 3A — to a 35-8 victory.

    It was the season opener for both schools and a host of others around the state.

  • Lady Cards win Española Invitational

    Karlene Montaño and eighth-grader Annabella Miller finished second and third individually to help propel Robertson girls’ cross country to a team championship Saturday in the Española Valley Invitational.

    The Robertson girls won the meet with 48 points, holding off second-place St. Michael’s (66); West Las Vegas was fifth with 97 points. On the boys’ side, Pojoaque powered to a title with 26 points; Robertson (106) was fourth and WLV  (190) seventh.