Today's News

  • DA: Man's drug crimes near school

    A man suspected of selling drugs may be charged with a first-degree felony because he was distributing the narcotics less than 1,000 feet from a school, an official said last week.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged last month with two counts of the second-degree felony of trafficking drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Espanola card has plenty of Las Vegas flavor

    “The Final Chapter,” as a July 17 professional boxing event is called, won’t be held in the Meadow City, but the card has an unmistakable Las Vegas flavor to it nonetheless.

    The card, headlined by the third — and theoretically final — fight between six-time world champion Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta, is set for 7 p.m. July 17 at the Ohkay Casino in Española.

    The event had originally been scheduled for this coming Saturday, June 12, but that date was cancelled.

  • Editorial: Change will be disruptive

    Just because policymakers present a united front doesn’t mean everybody’s happy with the way things are going. Last week’s primary election offers a case in point.

    Two San Miguel County commissioners, June Garcia and Albert Padilla, were defeated in their re-election bids. And even though Sheriff Benjie Vigil won his party nomination, he did so with a slim, slim margin and only a little more than a third of the votes.

  • Area runners stride it out in Santa Fe race

    Five area  runners competed in a road race May 29 in Santa Fe.

    In the 10-kilometer run Mariam Browne, a former Robertson cross country runner whose parents still  live in Las Vegas, took 19th overall and second in her age group with a time of 48:21.

    Tony Gallegos, also a former  Robertson runner, overcame a leg injury and completed the tough course in a time of  49:55 good enough for 21st place.  

    Howard  Dunbar, 62, finished in an impressive 52:18, good enough for a second place age group finish.

  • As It Is: Dems' dire straits

    New Mexico’s Democrats are in trouble, and they’re beginning to realize it.

    Suffering from Bill Richardson fatigue, most people are tired of the governor’s more than seven years of pay-to-play politics.

    A day after the Democratic and Republican primaries, Diane Denish, the Democrats’ gubernatorial candidate and Richardson’s lieutenant governor, started to distance herself from our state’s leader.

  • Graham is seven-time honoree

    NMHU track and field All-American Angella Graham added to her illustrious career by earning two more All-American awards at the 2010 NCAA II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C., May 27-29.

    As the Optic reported this past week, Graham, a senior from Trelawney, Jamaica, placed fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the heptathlon to boost her career All-American trophy haul to seven in her two years as a member of the NMHU program.

  • Council rejects consultant for public housing authority

    The Las Vegas City Council rejected a proposal to give money to a consultant to help the public housing authority form a residents council.

    Authority officials asked the city to grant a contact to Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to set up the council — which would amount to $25 per public housing resident.

  • Martinez, Denish visit Vegas

    New Mexico’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates visited Las Vegas’ Spic and Span on Friday — separated by just a few hours.

    Both Republican Susana Martinez and Democrat Diane Denish spoke to supporters in the restaurant’s new meeting room, trading barbs just three days after the party primary elections.

    Both of the parties’ lieutenant governor candidates were also on hand — Democrat Brian Colon and Republican John Sanchez.

    Martinez took audience questions; Denish did not.

  • Learn golf at Luna

    Want to learn golf?

    Luna Community College’s community education division has a class for you.

    Intro to Golf, taught by Ben Leyba, is an eight-week course beginning this Wednesday; focus is on fundamentals of golf including the full swing, chipping, pitching, putting, approach shots, club selection, keeping score, etiquette, playing a course and more.

    Sessions include a large bucket of range balls, lessons and nine holes of play.

    Classes run 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays; cost is $10 per session.

  • Witnesses: Official hurt man

    Witnesses last week testified that city Utilities Director Ken Garcia attacked another man in a local bar, hitting the alleged victim in the head with a beer bottle.

    At the end of a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Ken Garcia, 44, was bound over for trial in state District Court. He faces a felony charge of aggravated battery.

    Most of the witnesses in the Magistrate Court hearing didn’t know or barely knew either Garcia or the alleged victim, Rick Nelson, 37.