Today's News

  • 103 pounds of pot seized

    Two Albuquerque men were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Thursday after authorities responding to an accident on Interstate 25 stumbled onto more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

    Brothers Leland E. Watson, 56, and Reddell Watson, 43, both of the 12600 block of Lomas Boulevard are facing one count each of distribution of marijuana, a third-degree felony and conspiracy to commit distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. Both were being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.

  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Poll: No clear leader in gov race

    The Associated Press

    The race for the Democratic nomination for New Mexico governor is still anyone’s to win despite a slight edge by Attorney General Gary King, according to an Albuquerque Journal poll that came out Sunday.

    The newspaper reports more than a quarter of Democratic voters are still undecided, even with the primary election a week away.

    Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., which conducted the poll, said there is no clear winner.

  • Obama: US finishing job in Afghanistan

    By Julie Pace
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Seeking to turn the page on more than a decade of war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for greatly reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year and then ending the U.S. military commitment by the end of 2016.

    “We have now been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected,” Obama acknowledged during an appearance in the White House Rose Garden. “Now we’re finishing the job we’ve started.”

  • Looking Back - May 28, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, May 26 — After two years of abandonment to vandalism, the West Las Vegas swimming pool will be opened again this summer, possibly by Memorial Day. The pool, which was one of the projects that brought to West Las Vegas the honor of being named an All-American City, still has much work to be done on it,” according to Arcenio A. Gonzales, who will be in charge of pool operations this summer. The pool was named after Gonzales and, according to him, played an important role in holding down juvenile delinquency during the years it was in operation.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 28, 2014

    Senior health and fitness day
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital invites older adults to its National Senior Health and Fitness Day Wednesday (today) from 10 a.m. to noon at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Health screenings will include blood pressure, glucose and cholesterols. Contact Marla Martinez, 426-3772, or marla_martinez@chs

  • Weather - May 28, 2014

     A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5-10 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.


  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 28, 2014

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

  • Que Pasa - May 28, 2014

    • Political Public Forum, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at the Mora Independent School Auditorium. Guests include Mora County commission candidates John Olivas, Paula Garcia, George Trujillo, and Joseph JD Weathers. Guest moderator is Eric A. Romero. Organizer of the event is La Voz de Mora.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Baby Loves Visiting” by Michael Lawrence. Free and open to the public.

  • Prof. Salazar honored for work in education

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education tapped Highlands University education professor emerita Loretta Salazar for the Matías L. Chacón award for her contribution to bilingual education at the state level.

    Salazar’s career in bilingual education spans 40 years as both a classroom teacher and higher education professor. She received the NMABE award at the organization’s 41st annual conference in late April.