Today's News

  • Letter: County Commissioner described as 'the bitch' during meeting

    An insulting reference to a San Miguel County Commissioner led to not only an early end to an informal meeting to discuss funding — it also led to a back-and-forth of letters and counter-allegations. 

    In a November meeting regarding funding negotiations, involving County Manager Vidal Martinez and Las Vegas/San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors President Joel Scheinberg.

  • College roundup: Erskine races to hurdles win at UNM meet

    Osheen Erskine’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles highlighted a good weekend for New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on Saturday in Albuquerque.

    Erskine won that event in 14.02 seconds. She finished just .05 of a second behind UTEP’s Annette Bolomboy in the 200.

    Highlands also had top-three finishers in each of three throwing events.

    (See Friday’s Optic for more individual results.)



  • Prep roundup: Mora's Martinez, West's Alarcon star on mound

    Roderick Martinez struck out 10 and allowed just one baserunner — via a walk — to lead Mora (6-2) to a 12-0 shutout of Peñasco on Friday.

    The Rangers pinned five runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, added one in the second and doubled their lead in the third; the game ended after four and a half innings.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 11-13

    WEDNESDAY (April 11)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson vs. Pojoaque Valley (makeup), 4 p.m., MMS field
    • Mora vs. Questa, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho
    • West Las Vegas JV at Raton (DH), 3 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho
    Track and field

  • Police: Woman sent 9-year-old daughter to steal purse

    A Las Vegas woman was recently jailed after Las Vegas Police say she involved her 9-year-old daughter in stealing another woman’s purse.

    Ashley R. Aragon, 31, was arrested April 5 after police were called to the Palms Ballroom on the Las Vegas Plaza and later located Aragon.

  • Artistic impact

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    Businesses in Las Vegas say New Mexico Highlands University’s Arts “@HU” initiative that brings big-name music and culture events onto campus is having a positive impact on the economic optimism in the community.

    Merchants on and near Bridge Street, which is walking distance from campus, have received some of the biggest boosts when Highlands brought in acts like multiplatinum country artist Josh Turner and top comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

  • San Miguel, Mora counties on USDA disaster list due to drought

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought, including San Miguel and Mora.

    The list, released this week, also includes Catron, Lea, Rio Arriba, Guadalupe, McKinley, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Harding, San Juan and  Taos counties.

  • Albuquerque City Council votes to decriminalize marijuana

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque City Council took a step this week that could have statewide impact.

    The Council voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts this past week, after lengthy testimony from citizens mostly urging them to approve the change to the local criminal code.

  • AP: GOP andidate didn’t disclose state contracts

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Documents show a New Mexico GOP state lawmaker and congressional candidate failed to disclose her real estate company earned nearly $500,000 in state contracts.

    An analysis of campaign financial disclosure records by The Associated Press found Rep. Yvette Herrell’s company took in $440,000 by renting property to two state agencies since 2013.

    However, Herrell did not disclose that income on ethics disclosure statements but listed herself as the company’s owner.

  • Apodaca suit: Cervantes isn’t qualified

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico is seeking to disqualify a rival candidate from their party’s June primary election.

    Gubernatorial candidate and former media executive Jeff Apodaca filed a lawsuit in state district court accusing state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of failing to submit enough petition signatures to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

    Cervantes spokesman Cody Aaron on Monday called the lawsuit frivolous and without merit.