Today's News

  • Mora man to go to prison after all

    Clifford Gutierrez, the Mora County man convicted of groping a number of girls, has been sentenced to six years in prison after violating the terms of his probation.

    In October, Gutierrez, 35, was sentenced to probation at the request of victims’ families. But District Judge Eugenio Mathis told Gutierrez that he would sentence him to prison if he saw him in his court again.

  • RHS wrestling to hold clinic, tourney for youngsters

    Young wrestlers — kindergarten through sixth grade ages — have opportunity to learn from the reigning state champs.

    The Robertson High School wrestling team, winners of four consecutive Class 3A championships, is holding the 22nd annual Cardinal Wrestling Classic for elementary schoolers in early March.

    The instructional clinic begins with registration (5:15 to 5:30 p.m.) and first practice Monday, March 2, at the McFarland Hall wrestling room.

  • Candidates vying for Vegas, Santa Rosa Luna seats

    Tuesday is the election for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. Three seats are up for election.

    The Optic submitted questionnaires to all of the candidates to give the public an idea about where they stand on the issues.

    Today the Optic will run the responses from all three candidates in Las Vegas-based District 2 and one candidate in Santa Rosa-based District 4 (The incumbent in Santa Rosa, Kenneth Flores, didn’t respond.)

    In today’s edition, the Optic will run the responses from the Springer-based candidates.

  • Madrid praises West leader

    City Councilman Morris Madrid told the West Las Vegas School board at a recent meeting, “If it’s not broken, it doesn’t need to be fixed.”

    Madrid said he was speaking as a parent as he praised Superintendent Jim Abreu and school board members.

  • Mistrial declared in drug case

    Gilberto Reyes, who has spent 14 months in the San Miguel County jail, will be behind bars for longer.

    On Tuesday, a six-man, six-woman jury failed to return a verdict in the case involving Reyes, who is accused of distribution of marijuana.

    After more than three hours of deliberations, the foreman of the Mora County jury reported to District Judge Eugenio Mathis that he doubted that the panel would come to any agreement even if they were given more time to deliberate.

  • Ex baseball player on trial

    No one disagrees that the state police found 420 pounds of marijuana in a truck driven by Gilberto Reyes in December 2007.

    But the defense and the state part ways when it comes to whether Reyes, a Dominican Republic native, knew about the drugs.

    Monday was the first day of Reyes’ jury trial in state District Court for a charge of distribution of drugs.

    Reyes is a former professional baseball player who has been in the San Miguel County jail for 14 months awaiting trial. He couldn’t make bail.

  • 100 more jobs in Las Vegas projected

    Las Vegas’ main economic development organization is projecting that the community will see nearly 100 new jobs this year.

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation presented its quarterly report to the City Council last week.

    According to the report, the Results-Las Vegas call center is expected to hire 50 to 75 more people this year. In 2008, its first year in business in Las Vegas, the center hired more than 170 employees.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2: Details make the difference for local teams

    Every point was crucial, says head coach Richard Martinez, in Robertson's 12th district wrestling championship victory.

  • LETTER: Rep. Garcia turned against a good bill

    The Health Security Act is New Mexico’s answer to unaffordable health care in New Mexico. It offers health coverage for all New Mexicans and at less cost than that of the present terrible system. Some people doubt this is possible so the plan is phased in over three years. If the numbers do not work out during the design and implementation phase, the program can be stopped.

  • COLUMN: Why so much coverage?

    Someone asked me the other day why the Optic gave more coverage to this month’s ouster of Utilities Director George Du Four than it did the six department directors fired by the City Council last summer.

    It’s true; the mass dismissals didn’t get as much attention.

    Why is that the case? Were we fair?