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Today's News

  • Driver faces DWI charge after crash

    The woman who crashed a Cadillac Escalade into a parked car last week drank at a nearby bar beforehand, police said.

    Tracy Crespin, 23, 736 Williams Drive, was charged with DWI, careless driving and and failing to stop after hitting an unattended vehicle. It was her second DWI, according to online court records.

    According to a Las Vegas police report, Crespin struck the Escalade in the 500 block of South Pacific Street late the night of April 1.

  • Gallegos glad to box in Las Vegas again

    You have a hard time finding New Mexico green chile in Finland.

    It’s one lesson of many learned by Shawn “The Educator” Gallegos, the Las Vegas-born professional boxer who has fought in Finland and a few other far-off places that lack such delicacies to which northern New Mexicans are accustomed.

    Gallegos makes his long-awaited return to the ring on Saturday, April 24, as part of “Boxeo en Las Vegas,” Crespin Promotions’ first pro boxing card in town.

  • Report: Man was 5 times above legal limit

    SANTA FE — Toxicology results show a man who caused a head-on crash last month on Interstate 25 had a blood-alcohol level that was more than five times the legal drinking limit.

    The Office of the Medical Investigator has released toxicology results showing 28-year-old Cecilio Jaramillo of Santa Fe had a blood-alcohol level of 0.44 percent at the time of the crash near San Juan. Jaramillo has ties to Las Vegas.

    The state's presumed level of intoxication is 0.08 percent.

  • All Pojo

    Pojoaque Valley played spoiler again this week for Las Vegas teams, this time on the baseball diamond.

    Robertson baseball lost a 13-12 nailbiter at Pojoaque on Tuesday, slipping to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in district. Coach Shannon Aragon’s Cardinals will host St. Mike’s in a Saturday doubleheader at Memorial Middle School field.

    On Monday, the Elks came back from an early deficit and pulled out an 8-6 win at West Las Vegas, snapping the Dons’ two-game streak.

  • Letter: Remembering Stewart Udall

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s father has passed away at age 90, but he left us a very valuable treasure in his son, the senator.

  • Shaving heads for a cause

    Not one of the 15 volunteers bolted from the barber chair as an appreciative crowd laughed, jeered and cheered them on to shaved-head heaven. 

    Psi Chi International Honor Society President Renee Shimek said the Highlands University psychology club holds a Spring Festival fundraiser every year.

  • Letter: Don't carve salaries into stone

    When do we learn, you don’t carve salary amounts in stone.

    We previously had our council persons tied in to county salaries.

    Judge [Eddie] Trujillo is now tied into some nefarious salary scheme.

    But do we learn? No, we are currently submitting, for the polities’ discernment, a new city charter which carves City Council persons’ salaries as part of our constitution. Some method of setting salaries must be set, other than “carving the $10,000 salary in stone.”

  • Storrie may get fenced

    Soon, if you’re going to fish at Storrie Lake, you’ll need a boat.

    By as early as next week, the Storrie Project Water Users Association may begin making arrangements to fence off the lake and large portions of the park, association officials say. That’s because the state refuses to renew its lease with the group on the same monetary terms and conditions as its previous lease, they said.

  • Pssssst! Vegas is now 175 years old

    On Tuesday, Las Vegas very quietly passed its 175th anniversary as a community.

    There were no celebrations, no ceremonies, no parties to mark this milestone.

    Las Vegas was established on April 6, 1835, soon after settlers received a land grant from the Mexican government.

    At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Matt Martinez, the chamber’s president, unveiled a blueprint for his group’s plans to celebrate the 175th anniversary. It is organizing Las Vegas Grandes Celebration Weekend, which is tentatively set for Sept. 24-26.

  • Letter: Optic runs an insult to God

    (Regarding the editorial cartoon referencing the Texas Board of Education published March 29), I couldn’t believe that the Optic would place an article like this in its paper. Although this article seems to be insulting President Obama and the liberals, that is not who is getting insulted.

    The insult is to God because this seems to indicate that God involved himself in politics, and the petty, idiotic, hatred-inspired views of people.