Today's News

  • City manager, police chief both to step down

    One of the announcements made at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting was likely a surprise to some. Another announcement was likely a surprise to even more local residents.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo announced at the meeting that he’ll be retiring, with his last day being next Friday, Dec. 29. Later in the meeting, while responding to a city councilor’s remarks, Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron said Police Chief Juan Montaño will be stepping down soon. 

  • Dons, Panthers triumph; Cards fall to Sundevils

    The Mora Rangers, playing at West Las Vegas on Tuesday night, performed just well enough so that one run could decide the game.

    Thanks to a stretch of effective defense in the fourth quarter, the Dons ensured that run was theirs.

    West’s solid finish clinched a 70-61 win in front of a good bipartisan crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym. After an 18-9 run in the opening quarter, the Dons stayed in control and led by as many as 14.

  • Trujillo brothers prevail in Rattler Invite

    Jonathan Trujillo, one of Robertson’s wrestlers who won individual state championships last season, took just 17 seconds to pin one of his four victims this past Saturday. Trujillo went on to win his 138-pound weight class and help propel the Cardinals to a fifth-place team finish in the Rattler Invitational hosted by Tucumcari High.

    Younger brother Andrew, another state champ in 2017, also placed first Saturday, while teammate Tristan Trujillo, yet another Cardinal grappler with state championship credentials, came away with a runner-up finish.

  • Board extends Serna's contract

    At last week's regular monthl meeting, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved an extension of the current eight-month contract for Interim President Ricky Serna.

  • Tuesday night hoops: Dons, Panthers win

    Tuesday night in boys' basketball:

    * West Las Vegas beat Mora 70-61. The visiting Rangers cut a 41-30 halftime deficit to 56-49 but Dons defense created turnovers and pulled away in the fourth.
    * Espanola Valley defeated Robertson 88-64. The host Cardinals trailed just 33-31 at halftime.
    * Pecos routed Pojoaque Valley 60-26.

    For more, see the Optic print and online editions throughout the week.

  • It's what you give

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Sandra Saavedra, and Joyce Garcia handed over wrapped gifts to Estevan Martinez of the Las Vegas Police Department on Saturday.

  • Her father's story

    She’s no longer teaching, grading essays or juggling any number of developments that can occur in the day of a teacher. Carmen Baca did that for 36 years with Wes Las Vegas Schools. 

  • Student required hospitalization after MMS fight

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper confirmed a Memorial Middle School student suffered injuries in a late-November fight that required transport to an Albuquerque hospital.

    Cooper said he couldn’t say much about the incident, but confirmed the district is investigating both the incident and how it was handled.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge dismisses suit over new bond rule

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Supreme Court over changes to the bond system, finding the case was without merit.

  • Snippets of things past

    My mom, the late Marie Trujillo, was certainly not a woman of limitless patience. And proof of that were the smiles on the faces of new-car dealers whenever Mom called them to complain that the car wouldn’t start . . . or that the car was out of windshield washer fluid.

    The salespeople immediately thought “here comes a sale.”