Today's News

  • A Fullerton flourish

    Freshman Janell Fullerton’s dominant finish in the heptathlon fueled a fourth-place team result for the New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships this past week in Gunnison, Colo.

    Fullerton, who hails from Clarendon, Jamaica, placed first in four of the seven heptathlon events and amassed 4,905 points to grab the RMAC title.

  • Hackers rule Cinco de Mayo
  • Go Fish - May 14, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Aryanna Vasquez, 6, of Las Vegas, caught a 25-inch catfish May 6. She was using worms. MykelJon Vasquez, 8, of Las Vegas caught an 18-inch largemouth bass May 6. He was using a red worm jig.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 14, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, 1:05 p.m., Nashville, Tenn.
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies bye week, Mothers Day
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Memphis Redbirds, 5:35 p.m., Memphis, Tenn.
    • LVLL games, starting 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • State track: Ortiz conquers high jump

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Robertson junior Arjay Ortiz was the last man standing, er, leaping.

    Ortiz won the Class 4A boys high jump championship with a 6-2 Friday morning at UNM Track and Soccer Complex, becoming the first local to win a state title in this year's big-school meet.

    West Las Vegas junior Miguel Coca took second in the boys mile.

    Robertson's Angelica Montoya placed second in the girls discus.

    West Las Vegas' Moses Esquibel took third in the boys long jump.

  • State runs end for Mora, Robertson

    The state tournament ride is over for the Mora baseball and Robertson softball teams.

    Mora lost 21-6 to top-ranked Lordsburg on Thursday afternoon at Cleveland High in Rio Rancho. Mora trailed just 9-6 going into the seventh inning but Lordsburg scored eight times before getting their first out.

    The No. 4 seed in 2A baseball, the Rangers overcame a 12-2 chasm to edge Magdalena 13-12 on Wednesday night. Coach Manuel Benavidez's team finished 19-7.

    Earlier Thursday, No. 2 Robertson lost 4-1 to No. 3 Portales and then 4-3 to Bernalillo, ending the Lady Cardinals season.

  • Mayor facing recall effort

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron is facing a second recall effort, just months after a failed effort in the fall.

    The latest recall effort, filed by local resident Alex Aragon was registered with the city on April 28. Aragon is also getting help from former city IT employe Diego Trujillo and other past city employees.

  • Comey firing in question

    By Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia’s election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials said Wednesday, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.

  • Conflict stalls case

    San Miguel County Magistrate Judge Melanie Rivera recused herself in a strange turn of events during a scheduled preliminary hearing for former Mora Superintendent Charles Trujillo on Wednesday morning.

    Trujillo is facing a slew of fraud and forgery charges for using fake credentials to obtain state educator licenses and high-paying administrative positions with the Mora and Pecos school districts. Due to Rivera’s recusing herself, a new magistrate judge would need to be assigned to the case.

  • Your move