Today's News

  • Crespin wins in return to ring

    A six-round unanimous decision victory punctuated the return of Las Vegas professional boxer Arturo “El Toro” Crespin on Friday night in Albuquerque.

    Crespin defeated Duke City native Nazareth Rojas 59-55, 59-55, 58-56, in one of the undercard matches of “Warehouse Rumble 2,” a card staged by Chavez Promotions at Albuquerque’s YDI Wool Warehouse.

  • Women’s softball tourney resumes

    A champion won’t be crowned until Tuesday night in the Las Vegas adult softball league women’s division.

    Rainy weather impacted field conditions this past Thursday and Friday, leading to cancellations of games on both evenings.

    The top-ranked Vida Encantada Cougars will play the No. 2 seed Budweiser-Dicks-Night Owl at 7 p.m. Monday with a trip to the Tuesday night final on the line.

    Two other Monday games will determine a third team to compete for the championship Tuesday.

  • Lochte leads, Phelps fades in first pool duel

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer

    LONDON — Ryan Lochte strolled the deck of the Olympic Aquatics Centre wearing diamonds in his mouth and lime-green sneakers on the feet that powered him through the water faster than anyone else. Beaming, he chomped playfully on his gold medal while Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” blared throughout the massive arena.

    Michael Phelps?

    He was nowhere to be found.

    Not during the race.

    Not when it came time to hand out the medals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 30, 2012

    • Women’s city league tournament: games TBA, 6, 7 and 8 p.m., city complex

    • Women’s city league tournament: games TBA, 6, 7 and 8 p.m., city complex

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

  • Gov presses lawmakers on dam

    The green grass and fountain-like sound of water under most any other circumstances would be welcome, a serene oasis amid the parched land that Las Vegas residents have become accustomed to.

    But as Gov. Susana Martinez stood at the site — the base of Peterson Dam — she used words like “ridiculous” and “disgusting” as she watched hundreds of gallons of the city’s drinking water spill out onto the ground from holes in the 101-year-old concrete structure.

  • One month missing, still no answers

    Josephine Garcia is still trying to maintain hope that her daughter is alive, but it’s becoming harder as each day passes with no news about her.

    “It’s already going to be a month,” Garcia said. “I don’t know; I can’t say. I’m hoping she’s alive, but I don’t know.”

    Monday will mark the one month anniversary of Cindy Rivera, 19, going missing from her mother’s home on Peggy Lee Lane. The last time Garcia spoke to her daughter was when Rivera called her on the evening of June 29.

    Garcia said Rivera’s ex-husband showed up at the house, and he was drunk.

  • Senior Profile - Olivia Lovato-Winston

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Whether the movement is through art, music, dance or teaching, Olivia Lovato,a.k.a. Olivia Lovato-Winston, continues to be in tune with the times.

    Born in July 1943, Lovato spent her early years in the Clayton-Bueyros area of northeastern New Mexico. Her great-grandfather, Guadalupe Lobato, a cibolero or buffalo hunter, homesteaded the ranch near Bueyeros in the 19th century.

    Lovato and her eight siblings were taught by their parents, Toribio Jr. and Jo Ann Leger Lovato, to survive, despite the rustic and isolated environs.

  • Meat processing plant praised

    Timoteo and Latania Martinez’s dream is coming to fruition.

    The couple’s business, Martinez & Sons Processing LLC, has not quite opened for business, but on Wednesday the facility was visited by Gov. Susana Martinez, who praised the project.

    “It is amazing to see this sort of partnership between entrepreneurs, (the) county and (the) state and how we can pull our assets together to make this a success,” Gov. Martinez said. “This is the first commercial meat processing business in the Las Vegas area to serve local ranchers and organic producers.”

  • NM ranking on child welfare falls to 49

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has fallen to 49th in the country for overall child welfare, according to an annual ranking by a nonprofit group.

    Only Mississippi fared worse than New Mexico in the 2012 Kids Count Data Book released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

  • Looking Back - July 27, 2012

    In 1962