Today's News

  • Officer fatally shot in Rio Rancho

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    RIO RANCHO — A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque was shot and killed during a traffic stop, the first time a Rio Rancho officer was fatally shot in the line of duty in the department’s 34-year history.

    Officer Gregg Benner, 49, a military veteran who had been with the Rio Rancho Police Department for four years, was gunned down while pulling over a vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

  • New addition
  • Que Pasa - May 27, 2015

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.


  • Don’t drink and drive

    If you picked up a copy of Friday’s Optic, chances are you saw the ad purchased by Ray Collins.

    The ad shows the crumpled white minivan where five members of his family died after their vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver whose blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit. At the bottom of the ad is a family photograph of Renée Collins-Gonzales, 39, Paul Gonzales, 35, Selena Gonzales, 10, Jacqueline Gonzales, 11 and Alisha Garcia, 17, who died in the crash, and of Arissa Garcia, the sole survivor of the crash.

  • Editorial cartoon - May 27, 2015
  • Work of Art: Two Broke Girls: moronic!

    For the past dozen years, the amount of the Trujillo family’s televiewing has dropped considerably. Whereas late last century we watched and at least kept track of dozens of programs — mostly half-hour sitcoms — today we watch things like Masterpiece Theater, a smattering of PBS offerings on Sunday, Keeping Up Appearances, 60 Minutes, and not much else.

  • Cowgirls 3rd in nationals

    Salcia Slack scored more points than any other female athlete in this past weekend’s NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships.

    She earned her fourth individual national championship, winning five of seven events to dominate the heptathlon.

    And she added a couple more All-American honors to hit double figures in that category, imprinting her name among the greatest athletes in the history of New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Outlaws battle big boys
  • Locals all-district - Robertson’s Jaramillo, Sandoval Coaches of Year

    Sixteen locals were among those honored with selection to the All-District 2-4A baseball and softball teams this spring.
    The all-district lineups were announced Friday by Pojoaque Valley athletic director Matt Martinez.

    Robertson High head coaches Adrian Jaramillo (softball) and Kenny Sandoval (baseball) swept the district’s Coach of the Year accolades after leading their teams to regular-season championships and berths in the state tournaments.

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  • From Cardinal to Cowboy

    It looks like the storied wrestling career of Robertson’s Kenny Yara will have some more chapters.

    Yara, who repeated as state champion at 220 lbs. this past February, has signed a national letter of intent to attend New Mexico Highlands University this fall and wrestle for the Cowboys.

    Yara said he was impressed with NMHU head coach Doug Moses and his demonstrated interest.

    “They were very supportive,” said Yara, who graduates this week.

    He said he was undecided as to which academic major he will pursue.