Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: Politics and hiring at Luna

    A few hours before a scheduled Luna Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 20, I heard a rumor that the board was about to remove Pete Campos as president. Some board members were not happy about being left out of certain hiring decisions, I was told, and they had the votes to fire Campos.

  • Bring on the Quarters!

    Between them, Robertson soccer coaches Ray Parks and Clarence Montoya have won a number of district championships or runner-up finishes and they’ve been to more than a few state tournaments over the past decade and a half.

    Until now, however, they and their RHS teams have never gotten out of the first round at state.

    Saturday, then, was a breakthrough for both programs as the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals dominated first-round matches with Rehoboth and Santa Fe Prep, respectively, to reach the round of eight.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 31, 2011

    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 6:30 p.m., Las Cruces
    • District 4-2A tournament begins, TBA

    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Portales
    • District 4-2A tournament, TBA

    • NMHU men at Northern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Española

  • 2-3A meet: Maestas edges Coca; RHS girls win

    Brian Maestas of Robertson outkicked West Las Vegas rival Moises Coca for the individual boys’ title, and the RHS girls’ team dedicated its team championship to the memory of the late coach Fabian Trujillo, highlighting Friday’s District 2-3A cross country meet at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Coca, who had beat Maestas to the finish line at the Meadow City Invite at the same course, led early on. And the two battled all along the way.

  • Weekend Roundup: District champs crowned

    Congratulations are in order for Robertson football, West Las Vegas volleyball, Robertson girls’ cross country and RHS boys’ runner Brian Maestas — each of whom captured district championships over the weekend in a packed schedule of activity.

    Those athletes join the RHS boys’ soccer team, which won district the previous weekend.

    Robertson football 33, Taos 12
    The Cardinals improved to 4-5 overall and stayed unbeaten in District 2-3A at 2-0 with a 33-12 defeat of Taos on Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

  • A family’s search for justice

    The night their hellish ordeal began was just like any other.

    John Esquibel, 27, and his 19-year-old nephew Adam Hanson couldn’t take the stifling heat inside the upstairs apartment they were staying at, so they decided to go for a walk.

    “I said, ‘Don’t be gone too long. There’s too many crazy people out these days,’” Esquibel’s mother, Gloria Esquibel, recalls. Esquibel, who had a part-time job at Pizza Hut, told her they were just going to walk around the Plaza once and come back.

  • Parking woes plague Robertson

    A delay in a repaving project at the Mike Marr Gym is prompting Las Vegas City Schools to offer a free park-and-ride service to those planning to attend Friday evening’s Robertson High School football game at Cardinal stadium.

    Hoping to alleviate some of the parking headaches, district officials announced Wednesday that shuttle service will be provided to and from the game for motorists who opt to park at Memorial Middle School, Los Niños Elementary or Sierra Vista Elementary.

  • Bragging rights awarded

    For the Optic

    It’s a good bet that when the name Abreu is mentioned in these parts, people generally respond with “athlete” or “educator.” One of the patriarchs of the clan, Ernest Beaubien Abreu, bears out the generalizations.

    Along with his younger brother, Leland, Ernie has produced numerous of athletes and educators, with several of his children, grandchildren, nephews and grandnephews having played college ball.

  • Villanueva rallies behind post office

    VILLANUEVA — The message to U.S. Postal Service officials from residents of this rural village and surrounding areas is clear: Don’t close our post office.

    “This shouldn’t even be a question. This post office should stay here, and it should stay here forever,” said Danny Torrez, who noted that the post office has been there since 1890.

  • Pa. firm teams with N.M. company on frackwater

    The Associated Press

    MOUNT JEWETT, Pa.  — A northwestern Pennsylvania waste management firm is teaming up with a New Mexico company to treat wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process used in Marcellus Shale drilling.

    Casella Waste Systems Inc. and Altela Inc. of Albuquerque have formed a joint venture to operate a treatment plant at Casella’s landfill in Mount Jewett, about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.