Today's News

  • Amnesty 5K run a success

    Submitted to the Optic

    Amnesty International Group 463 organized the third annual 5-kilometer AIR run on Saturday, Aug. 13, in town.

    Each of the 30-plus participants aged 8 to 70-plus dedicated the race to a prisoner of conscience.

    Overall winner Javier Torres-Hughes impressed observers by finishing with a time of 18:50, with Ivan Gold following in 22:19 and Aman Winkel, age 12, in 23:40.

    Xzavier Gutierrez, at age 10 the youngest male runner, was fourth with a time of 24:16.

  • One last push - Final homestand crucial to Isotopes’ hopes

    Albuquerque’s slender playoff hopes took a blow Wednesday night with a 4-2 loss to division-leading El Paso.

    The Chihuahuas (69-62 as of Thursday) have enjoyed a cozy lead atop the PCL’s Pacific Southern much of the summer.

    But a recent surge by the Isotopes (63-67) has seen them ascend from the division cellar to second place, five and a half games behind El Paso.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 26, 2016

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catch of the week
    Conchas Lake: Joe Weber of Albuquerque caught and released a 4.7-pound smallmouth bass Aug. 21. He was using a Zara Spook. Young Darrius King of Santa Fe caught his biggest smallmouth bass weighing in at 1.5 pounds Aug. 21. He was using a weedless jig with a rage craw trailer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 26, 2016

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson vs. Estancia, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Clayton, 7 p.m., Clayton

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Cross country
    • Robertson at Española Valley, 8 a.m., Española

  • Union wants Mora super out

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Mora High School junior Devon Vigil told the school board during its Monday meeting that despite returning to school more than a week ago, she doesn’t have a class schedule.

    “I’m supposed to go to classes, but there’s nothing to do for us,” Vigil said. “All of the classes are chaotic. We’re just sitting there and doing nothing.”

    Sophomore Lindsey Sanchez shared a similar story. She has no classes during the first two periods of the day.

  • Secretary applauds incubator - HU Business Hub big asset

    New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela was the featured speaker at the grand opening of the New Mexico Highlands University Business Hub and Incubator, managed by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp.

    The incubator will serve as a base for entrepreneurs to get their businesses going with guidance, job application training, workshops on business development, and other initiatives to build up business.

  • Council OKs purchase of garbage trucks

    If you’ve had to wait an extra day for the city to pick up your garbage in recent weeks, chances are it was because one of the solid waste department’s trucks broke down.

    In an effort to address problems with the aging fleet of garbage trucks, the City Council gave the green light last week for city staff to move forward with purchasing two new garbage trucks at a combined cost of nearly $500,000.

  • Gov still opposed to tax increases

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will not consider any tax increases as the state seeks to close a projected budget shortfall during an upcoming special session of the Legislature, her spokesman reiterated Monday.

    State government needs to tighten its belt and raising taxes on families and businesses would make the state less competitive, hurt job prospects and “makes no sense,” said Chris Sanchez, a spokesman for the Republican governor.

  • Budget crunch being felt by jurors

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico jurors and court interpreters are the latest group to feel the pinch of a budget crunch that has all of state government tightening its belt.

    A fund that pays jurors and interpreters has been struggling for several years and the shortfall is now approaching $1 million, according to court and legislative officials.

  • Weather - Aug. 24, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 48°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
    6:27 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.


    HIGH 72° / LOW 50°
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
    6:28 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.