Today's News

  • Safeguarding artifacts - Gorras Blancas items moved

    More than a century ago, Las Gorras Blancas or “The White Caps,” rode into town demanding fairness and protesting what they saw as injustice involving land grant litigation in Las Vegas.

    Historians have called the Gorras Blancas movement the most significant protest movement by native New Mexicans since the Taos Revolt of 1847, and descendants of the original Gorras Blancas have been safeguarding artifacts from the group for more than a hundred years.

  • Ex-cop again facing charges

    The former Las Vegas police officer who got in trouble with the law several years ago for defrauding the city is in hot water again.

    Shawn Montoya, 41, who resides on Erb Place, was arrested and charged last Friday with fraud, a third-degree felony, and with two counts of embezzlement, two counts of forgery and a single count of identity theft, all fourth degree felonies.

  • Former Highlands regent indicted

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo and a former New Mexico Highlands University regent have been indicted on charges they embezzled at least $3.6 million from a group formed by the state’s 19 pueblos to develop the old Albuquerque Indian School property.

  • NM counties, cities try to lure nuclear waste

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Four government agencies in southeastern New Mexico are getting together to try to persuade the federal government to put a high-level nuclear waste site in their region.

    Eddy and Lea counties and the cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs said this week they’re working on a partnership with French nuclear conglomerate Areva to promote a storage site for waste from nuclear power plants.

  • Education ‘rock stars’ to present at conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    A team called the “rock stars” of education will present at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Education Oct. 11-12, 7-30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center.

    Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong, the most sought-after speakers in education and authors of the best-selling book, The First Days of School, will present the keynote session on “Effective Teaching.”

  • Jail Log - Oct. 5, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1:
    Keith Martinez, 21, aggravated assault/battery with a deadly weapon
    Venessa Garcia, 22, forgery, possession, delivery, manufacture of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting larceny
    Robert Bowie, 32, forgery, tampering with evidence
    Antonio Goke, 20, assault upon a peace officer, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer
    Armando Garcia, 51, public nuisance
    Juan Rubio, 32, felony warrant

  • Looking Back - Oct. 5, 2012

    In 1962

    Friday, Oct. 5 — The Castañeda Hotel, operated by Leonard Hoskins Post 24, American Legion, will close on Oct. 15. The closing action is brought about by continued financial operating losses,” Elmer C. Mason, post commander, said today.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 5, 2012

    Highlands parade is Saturday

     New Mexico Highlands University will hold its Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. this Saturday. This year’s theme is “Paint the Town Purple – Viva Highlands.” Parade entries may be picked up at the Office of Campus Life in the Student Center or by calling 454-3201, 454-3495, or 454-3590.

  • Weather - Oct. 5, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5-15 mph. Areas of drizzle at night. Cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 10-20 mph, becoming east in the evening.

    Areas of drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 48. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of light rain at night. Cloudy, with a low around 29.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunrise ... Sunset

  • Romney barrels out of first debate

    By Kasie Hunt
    and Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press
    DENVER — Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning that his GOP rival’s policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.