Today's News

  • Barcelona now among elite

    The Associated Press

    WEMBLEY, England  — The debate is over now. Barcelona is on the list of soccer’s all-time greatest teams.

    Led by another dominant performance from Lionel Messi, the Catalan club beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday to earn its third Champions League title in six seasons and No. 4 overall.

  • Little League - June 1, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    WEDNESDAY, May 25
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 12, Angels 11
    La Plaza Minors: Phillies 6, Marlins 3
    LVLL Majors: Rockies-Cubs, Yankees- Red Sox, no reports
    LVLL softball: Stars-Psychlones, Pink Sox-Longhorns, no reports

    THURSDAY, May 26
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 10, Angels 9 (continuation of May 19 game tied at 9-9; game decided with one extra inning); Cubs 17, Angels 7

  • Effluent available for lawns

    Seven weeks of Stage IV water restrictions have left Las Vegas residents with parched yards, but now the city is offering its water customers a way to bring relief to their thirsty, brown landscape.

    The state Environment Department has granted the city permission to sell reclaimed wastewater to residents for outdoor watering this year while the Stage IV restrictions are in place. The city has already begun selling the treated sewer water, also called effluent, for $1.25 per thousand gallons.

  • Graduate overcomes struggles

    The journey to graduation day was anything but easy and carefree for Amor Gallegos, who graduated from Robertson High School on Friday.

    Gallegos, 18, slacked off when she first got to high school, and she had twins during her senior year.

    But Gallegos overcame the obstacles she encountered and came through the other side as a Robertson High graduate.

    Gallegos had only four credits during the second semester of her sophomore year. She had not been attending her classes and was on the verge of being left behind by her high school class.

  • Visible pot plants lead to arrest

    A 31-year-old Gallup man faces drug charges after another motorist  spotted marijuana plants inside his sports utility vehicle last week and called police.

    Adam Blaine Hagan, of the 400 block of East Aztec Avenue in Gallup, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Tuesday. His bond was set at $10,000 cash.

    Hagan has been charged with distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

  • Court denies landfill’s appeal

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Court of Appeals isn’t allowing a landfill in northeastern New Mexico to accept special wastes, including those contaminated with petroleum and asbestos.

    The court on Thursday upheld a 2007 state regulatory decision. The Environment Department turned down a landfill request to accept non-hazardous special wastes, which also included wastes from plants where animals are killed.

  • 4 senators win promise of a Patriot Act hearing

    By Pete Yost
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Four Democratic senators won the promise Thursday of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing into what they say is a secret and expansive Justice Department interpretation of the information collection the Patriot Act allows.

    The criticism by Intelligence Committee members Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado came as Congress moved to extend the government’s Patriot Act powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, May 31 — It will be back to the penitentiary for Jack Padgett, Paul Owen and John Hart, three convicts who escaped from the road gang at Tecolote last Wednesday night. The men were located yesterday near Agua Zarca and were arrested by deputies from the office of Sheriff Secundino Romero. The men had been enjoying liberty for nearly a week. They were unable, however, to make their way out of New Mexico. All three convicts were in for short terms, which they had reduced somewhat by good behavior.

  • Looking Ahead

    Farmers Market open Wednesday

    The Tri-County Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. until sellout on Wednesdays at Sixth Street and University. The market will open on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Weather - May 30, 2011

    Areas of blowing dust. Sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.