Today's News

  • Weather - May 30, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. North wind 10-15 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.


  • Correction - News - May 30, 2012

    The Optic misidentified one of the West Las Vegas graduates in a photo published on the cover of Monday’s edition. The graduate behind Julian Martinez is Mario Mascareñas.

  • In Brief - News - May 30, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Police arrest man in shooting
    LOS LUNAS — A man accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy during a home invasion in now in Belen police custody.

    KOAT-TV reports authorities arrested Leroy Montoya on Monday afternoon after a police pursuit that ended in a crash in Belen.

    Montoya is one of two men suspected of shooting the boy while attempting to burglarize a house May 23 in Los Lunas.

    Authorities say the 10-year-old was shot in the arm when he stepped in front of his mother.

  • Fire close to becoming largest

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest is close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday.

    The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic blaze in Gila National Forest had grown to about 152,000 acres by Tuesday — just 5,000 acres from breaking the state record. It is about 15 miles east of Glenwood, N.M., a small town with a few hundred residents.

  • Poll: Heinrich, Wilson in lead

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — According to the results of a new poll, Democrat Martin Heinrich and former Republican Heather Wilson are the front-runners in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    The poll conducted by a firm for the Albuquerque Journal shows that 51 percent of the people who were surveyed support Heinrich, a two-term congressman.

    Twenty-six percent backed Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas, while 23 percent remain undecided.

  • ‘My Honest Ad’
  • Que Pasa - May 30, 2012


  • Editorial Cartoon - May 30, 2012
  • Legislative selections

    Earlier this year, New Mexico’s legislative districts were redrawn, leaving two House and two Senate seats to include parts of San Miguel and Mora counties. And in all four districts there are Democratic Party contests, which will be decided next Tuesday. Following are our thoughts about each of these contests.

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  • Work of Art - Fjords, and Chevies too

    We’re booked. In late July it’ll be our turn to fly across the Atlantic to visit our son, Stanley Adam, wife Lizbeth, and daughters Ellen, 3, and June, 5 months old.

    It’s our exchange for their having flown here; they’re in Washington, D.C, visiting one of my nephews, and they were due in Albuquerque on Tuesday night, a few hours after the deadline for this column.