Today's News

  • Committee OK’s preemption bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A House committee has approved legislation that would give New Mexico greater authority than local governments in regulating the oil and gas industry.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the House Energy and Environment Committee passed House Bill 366 on Wednesday on a party-line 6-5 vote.

    Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, of Albuquerque, is sponsoring the legislation that would limit the ability of local governments to set limits for oil and gas producers.

  • Officials to oversee reform of campaign finances

    The Associated Press

    A new task force is being created to overhaul campaign finance practices in New Mexico, state officials said Friday.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas and Secretary of State Dianna Duran announced that the task force will review issues of campaign finance reporting, enforcement and the referral process. The panel will be made up of employees from both their offices.

    “I am focused on putting real teeth into the law and will present these legal solutions to the New Mexico Legislature,” Balderas said in a statement.

  • Saiz promoted to commanding officer post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Lt. Commander J. Jacob Saiz was installed as the new commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in El Paso, Texas, during a change of commander ceremony on Jan. 10.

    Saiz is the grandson of Herman and Lucy Saiz of Las Vegas. His grandfather Herman — a decorated veteran of the Pacific Campaign — placed the command pin on his grandson’s uniform.

    Several family members, including parents John and Maria Saiz of Aztec, N.M., also attended. 

  • QuÉ Pasa - Feb. 23, 2015

    • Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Annual Pancake Day, breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p/.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Flamingo Room. Adults are $8 each and children 10 and younger eat for $5. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea or milk.

  • Preemption bill is flawed

    As expected, supporters of the oil and gas industry are proposing legislation that would severely limit the authority of New Mexico counties to regulate oil and gas drilling in their jurisdictions.

    One of those measures, House Bill 366, sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, has cleared its first hurdle, making it out of the House Energy and Environment Committee last week by a 6-5 vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against.

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Black history and white hearts and minds

    By Tom McDonald

    This whole Harper Lee story, about a long-lost manuscript showing up after a lifetime of being a one-book wonder, really has me intrigued.

    Turns out that “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a sequel, and while I can’t wait to read it, I’m also a bit afraid to. Lee’s book about a Southern white lawyer who defends a black man against a rape charge was a masterpiece, and a sequel is seldom as good. I expect, and dread, a bit of a letdown.

  • Lady Dons outgun crosstown foes

    Celeste Trujillo scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half to propel West Las Vegas past Robertson 57-48 on Thursday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The win kept West a game behind front-runner Taos in a competitive District 2-4A girls basketball race. The Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina were to host Pojoaque Valley in the finale Saturday night, while RHS was to host Taos.

    In the crosstown rivals’ first meeting this season, Robertson post Angelica Montoya dominated the paint and made life generally miserable for West on both ends of the floor.


    RIO RANCHO -- If this past weekend’s state wrestling tournament was indeed Richard Martinez’s swan song as Robertson head coach, his Cardinals made sure it was a sweet symphony.

    Robertson overcame a ferocious challenge from Silver to capture the Class 4A state team championship, the program’s first since a run of four straight from 2006 to 2009. In doing so, the team advanced 10 wrestlers into the semifinals, nine to the finals, and won seven weight classes, tying a record.

  • Weekend Roundup: Dons clinch top spot in District 2-4A boys’ hoops

    West Las Vegas’ boys will again host the district tournament final.

    The Dons (20-5 overall, 5-1 in District 2-4A) earned that privilege by beating Pojoaque Valley 52-42 on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym to finish the regular season atop the standings.

    Andres Gallegos torched the Elks for 20 points to lead all scorers.

    And for the second time in three nights, Adrian Valdez was perfect at the charity stripe with the game hanging in the balance.

  • Finally! Mayweather-Pacquiao fight set for May 2

    By Tim Dahlberg
    AP Boxing Writer

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Fight is finally on.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online.

    “I promised the fans we would get this done and we did,” Mayweather said.