Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 14, 2016

    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (homecoming), 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Bernalillo, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Pecos (A,B) at Desert Academy, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School, Valley at Mountain View tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho

    Cross country
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos at Rio Rancho, TBA, Rio Rancho

  • Man guilty of failing to register

    A 10-man, two-woman jury took roughly an hour last week to weigh the evidence and convict a Las Vegas man of failing to register as a sex offender, a fourth-degree felony.

    Christopher Gurule, 39, of the 2400 block of Calle Contenta was found guilty on Tuesday. District Judge Abigail Aragon, who presided over the one-day trial, agreed to a request from the prosecution to postpone sentencing until a later date.

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  • Psychiatric patients struggle after discharge

    The Associated Press

    An investigation has found that some patients discharged from New Mexico’s state mental hospital in Las Vegas live in poor conditions, including going hungry, while staying in boarding homes.

    The Albuquerque Journal found that the state mental hospital, formally known as the Behavioral Health Institute, discharges about 200 patients each year into Las Vegas and surrounding San Miguel County in northern New Mexico and that many don’t have anywhere to go.

  • ‘Grab ‘em’ comment triggers national debate

    By Beth J. Harpaz
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — On Facebook and Twitter, on the phone and on the job, from living rooms to hair salons, Donald Trump’s “Grab ‘em by the p----” comment has unleashed a tsunami of stories from women sharing painful memories of sexual assaults.

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  • In Brief - News - Oct. 12, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Absentee voting begins in NM

    Absentee voting has begun in New Mexico ahead of the November general election.

    County clerks started issuing and collecting absentee ballots Tuesday across a state that was an early flashpoint for Republican concerns about Donald Trump. Support runs relatively high in New Mexico for the state’s former two-time governor, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

  • Weather - Oct. 12, 2016


    HIGH 71° / LOW 38°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    7:05 a.m. to 6:29 p.m.


    HIGH 69° / LOW 42°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    7:06 a.m. to 6:27 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Oct. 12, 2016

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 1966 — James Almanzar, who has played parts on television for the past several years, has been selected for a role in “Iron Horse,” to be shown Monday at 7 p.m. The son of Dan Almanzar, formerly of Las Vegas, James makes his home in Los Angeles.

  • Bring on the enchiladas

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 18th Annual Enchilada Dinner to support nonprofit projects in the community will take place on Thursday in the Flamingo Room of the Hillcrest Restaurant. Hours of service are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.   

    The total of donations to nonprofit organizations thus far from the Enchilada Dinner is more than $140,000, nearly $5,000 coming from last year’s dinner alone.