Today's News

  • Teen gets probation in RHS assaults case

    SANTA FE — One of six New Mexico high school football players accused of sodomizing younger teammates with broomsticks during a preseason camp has been sentenced to two years probation.

    Santiago Armijo avoided time behind bars when state District Judge James Hall ruled Friday in Santa Fe that the 17-year-old boy’s involvement in the attacks last August was less than the other five assailants.

    Armijo and one other boy reached plea agreements.

  • LETTER: We must hold them accountable

    With the recently released “torture memos,” we have evidence the U.S. has authorized torture in the past under the Bush administration.  We can’t afford to move on without first holding those responsible accountable.  

    I urge you to send a clear message to Congress and the White House by endorsing, in a newspaper editorial, accountability for those who designed and authorized the U.S. torture policies — policies which have endangered our national security and our national soul, and violated international law.

    Bernard Schaer

  • COLUMN: Time's a-wastin'

    The formidable challenges to public educational systems seem almost infinite, especially for those located in the economically and intellectually destitute environments of our racially and ethnically unbalanced inner cities (and in places like northern New Mexico).

  • Luna OKs new degrees

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved two new degrees last week. But one member said he would like to have more information on the costs of such programs beforehand.

    At the trustees’ regular meeting, the board voted for associate of applied science degrees in military science and general agriculture. However, it delayed action on a proposed associate of arts degree in community college teaching.

  • WLV names new football coach

    "Coach Mike" is coming back home.

    West Las Vegas High School has selected Mike Ulibarri as its next head football coach, the Optic has learned.

    Ulibarri most recently coached at Class 5A Santa Fe High, his first stint as a head coach. But West Las Vegas fans know him as one of their own. He was defensive coordinator and James Esquibel's top assistant for several years, including the Dons' last playoff run in 2003. Ulibarri was dubbed "Coach Mike" by students and players at WLV.

  • EDITORIAL: Learning the ropes

    For anyone who hasn’t seen the Oliver Stone film “W,” we recommend it. It’s particularly interesting in the way it portrays George W. Bush and his relationship with his father, George H.W. Bush, and how that strained relationship helped define the son’s presidency.

    And of course, the duel Bush legacy is particularly interesting in that, while the son was more successful politically — after all, “W” had two terms in office; his father only one — “Poppy” Bush was by far the better president.

  • Case moves out of town

    A state district judge has moved the case involving the killing of a 6-year-old girl out of town after a defense attorney requested such a transfer.

    Last week, Judge Abigail Aragon decided to transfer the case against David Levi Chavez, 21, to Santa Rosa.

    Chavez is charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of Jasmine Garcia, who had just graduated from kindergarten.

    “I and the family of Jasmine were very disappointed that the venue (for the trial) has changed,” District Attorney Richard Flores said in a statement.

  • COLUMN: A strange birthday gift

    “You’re doing fine, Dad! You can make it.” With that, my youngest son Ben, less than half my age, entreated me as I climbed and descended a mountain — all part of his and his wife Heather’s gift on my birthday. I didn’t need a pep talk; I needed some horse liniment.

  • Ex-Vegas officer accused of fraud

    A former Las Vegas police officer is accused of double-dipping while working for the city and taking gas for personal purposes.

    Shawn Montoya, 37, 25 Flagstone Road in Las Vegas, was charged April 13 with one count of fraud and 19 counts of forgery in connection with his work for the city.

    The alleged criminal activity occurred from October 2007 to March 2008. Montoya resigned quietly from the local police department in late March 2008. State police said that Montoya took nearly $1,100 in value from the city.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Key Clubbers advocate service to community

    West Las Vegas Key Club members are always on the go, participating in community events and volunteering their time to worthy causes. Members say doing good works is also good for the soul.

    Club President Angelique Arguello said, “It’s such a great reward knowing that you helped someone and knowing that you’re making a difference in someone’s life. It’s a great feeling.”

    Key Club sponsor Christine Rodriguez said the organization is the oldest and largest club for youths in the world.