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Today's News

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 2, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! THIS ONE’S A DILLY

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 2, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Session balances budget, but just barely

    Lawmakers returned to Santa Fe this week and balanced the budget — and I think I know what’s going to happen. They have met briefly and gone home, criticizing the governor for what little money is left in reserves but satisfied that at least higher education and other funding was restored for the coming fiscal year.

    That may seem like a waste of $50,000 (the reported cost per day of having a special session), but I can understand why the legislators recessed rather than adjourned last week.

  • The spirit of '67

    The boys are back in town.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s 1967 baseball team, which won the school’s first national championship, is gathering for a reunion this weekend in Las Vegas, marking 50 years since that moment of glory.

    The festivities start with a happy hour get-together at 5 p.m. Friday at the Plaza Hotel. Then it’s brunch 10 a.m. Saturday at Kennedy Hall on the Highlands campus; that is being sponsored by the NMHU Alumni Association. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. back at the Plaza.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 2, 2017

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • LVLL games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Tee-ball
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    SUNDAY
    Baseball

  • Mora boy killed in accident

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A 15-year-old Mora boy was killed in a work-related accident Wednesday afternoon.

    According to New Mexico State Police, officers responded around 3 p.m. Wednesday to an incident that occurred off of Highway 518 near the 32 mile marker west of Mora. There, they found a dump truck had rolled on top of Nazareth G. Lara, who had been working on the truck.  

    The initial investigation indicates Lara was working on the truck when the unattended vehicle rolled backwards onto his chest.  

  • 76-year-old man sentenced to prison

    A 76-year-old Las Vegas man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly luring mentally ill women with cigarettes and snack food and forcing them to perform sexual acts for him.

    Benjamin Baca was sentenced on Friday to the maximum time allowable under terms of a plea agreement struck in February.

  • Splish, splash
  • Proper flag burning
  • Owners of Vegas properties plead guilty

    ALBUQUERQUE — A married couple whose assets included properties in the Las Vegas area have pled guilty to federal charges.

    Enrique S. Cavazos, 31, of Tijeras, N.M., entered a guilty plea last week in federal court in to marijuana trafficking and money laundering. His wife, Lindsey A. Cavazos, 32, also pled guilty today to a money laundering charge.

    Sentencing hearings have yet to be scheduled.