Today's News

  • Ex-teammate: ‘Lance worked the system’

    By Jim Vertuno
    AP Sports Writer
    AUSTIN, Texas — Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster before the 1999 Tour de France and that the teammates took blood transfusions together during the cycling race the following year.
    Hamilton makes the allegations in his book, “The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs,” set to be published Sept. 5. The Associated Press purchased a copy Thursday.

  • NFL: Concussions tiff a ‘labor dispute’

    By MaryClaire Dale
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA  — The NFL moved Thursday to try to shut down lawsuits filed by thousands of former players who say they suffered or fear suffering permanent brain injuries from football-related concussions, calling the issue a “labor dispute” that should be resolved not by courts but by terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

  • Life Run planned on Sept. 15

    Members of the community are being invited to participate in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s annual Life Run, which is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The event will include a 5-kilometer run as well as a 1-mile children’s run.

    The AVRH Life Run, which enters its third year, benefits the hospital’s auxiliary scholarship program.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 3, 2012

    • NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 1 p.m., Odessa, Texas

    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Raton, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Roswell, TBA, RHS field
    • Robertson (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe


  • Vegas undercover: The chase

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about Las Vegas’ drug problem. The initial stories will focus on how undercover agents infiltrated what they’re calling a heroin and crack cocaine distribution network operating in San Miguel County.

    It was 5:22 p.m. on June 5 when Jose Albert Herrera Jr. placed a call on his cellphone and told the man on the other end that he wanted to buy a kilogram of cocaine for $28,000.

  • Senior Profile - Julia Martinez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Still spry and mentally active, 92-year old Julia Martinez gives the impression that she has taken a sip from the fountain of youth.

    Her quick wit and sense of humor are obvious, as reflected in her quick comebacks.

    “The words are there, and they just come out,” she says.

    And her words do flow readily, as she recounts the early days of her youth, details of her marriage and family, and the passing of various phases of her life.

  • Council to mull more rate options

    The City Council this week asked one of its consultants to come up with more alternatives to the water rate hikes that were previously proposed.

    At a special work session on Monday councilors debated various options, from lowering the differential water customers outside the city would pay to dramatically lowering the proposed increases.

  • Area man charged with trafficking

    A 51-year-old San Miguel County man was arrested and charged with trafficking crack cocaine and other crimes last week.

    John Alvey, who resides on the 5100 block of Castle View Drive was arrested after the Region IV Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at his home.

  • Gov in national spotlight

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used her debut on the national political stage Wednesday night to offer a message of hope and opportunity, describing how she rose from modest roots in a border community to become the nation’s first female Hispanic governor.

    Martinez made a prime-time appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., speaking minutes before Paul Ryan accepted the vice presidential nomination.

  • Jail Log - August 31, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 19 and Aug. 27:
    Edward Palmer, 20, aggravated fleeing
    Jessie Romero, 35, District Court warrant
    Lonnie Lucero, 45, assault, burglary, Adult Probation Office warrant
    Isiaha Martinez, 18, probation violation
    Fred Lujan, 40,  failure to report
    Donald Woosley, 52, assault, shoplifting, trespassing
    Phillip Garcia, 22, seven day commitment