Today's News

  • Ousted Rio Arriba sheriff seeks new trial

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — A northern New Mexico sheriff ousted from office for refusing to resign after being convicted of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop now wants a new trial.

    A lawyer for former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella filed a nine-page motion Friday seeking an evidentiary hearing and asking a judge to order a new trial.

    Rodella was found guilty on Sept. 26 of brandishing a firearm and deprivation of rights following a four-day trial.

  • Tribe can’t get a new gambling compact

    The Associated Press

    A federal judge in Albuquerque ruled Friday against a New Mexico tribe trying to obtain a new gambling compact from the Interior Department.

    U. S. District Court Judge James Parker invalidated Interior Department regulations that allow a tribe to go to the agency for a gambling agreement when it’s failed to negotiate a compact with the state.

    Pojoaque Pueblo Gov. George Rivera said the tribe is considering an appeal of the decision.

    “We are looking at the long term for the win,” he said.

  • Student shows ‘exceptional’ work in electronics class

    Submitted to the Optic

    Patricia Natewa has always had a knack for fixing things. Recently, she took her natural talent to another level. Natewa’s expertise caught the eye of her electronics instructor Sequoia Romero.

    “Patricia built a radio and made it work,” said Romero. “She displayed talent and determination. This is exactly what is required for an engineer to be exceptional. It’s a recipe for success.”

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 20, 2014

    • NMHU Political Science Club’s Gubernatorial Political Forum, 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Ilfeld Auditorium. New Mexico Attorney General Gary King and running mate Deb Haaland will be attendance. Free and open to the public.


  • Vote ‘yes’ on GO bonds

    New Mexico voters will decide three general obligation bond questions this November, and the Optic urges a “yes” vote on all of them.

    Combined, the GO bonds would raise $169 million for brick and mortar projects at colleges and universities, for materials for libraries and for infrastructure improvements and large purchases for our senior citizen centers.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Managing economic development

    A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper that I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate to.

  • Dons win third straight

    Three-game win streak.

    Tie for first place in District 2-4A.

    And one heck of a good feeling.

    West Las Vegas’ football team reveled in all three Friday night after knocking off Taos 20-14 in the district opener at the Herrera Complex.

    Jose Juan Montaño scored the go-ahead touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 7:37 left in the ballgame, giving the Dons their first lead of the night. Although they did not convert the subsequent 2-point try, they managed to stay in front thanks to effective defense.

  • Cards put Elks down early

    So efficient was Robertson’s scoring offense (and defense) in Friday’s first quarter that you’d have thought the Cardinals were trying to end the game early so they could get home and watch something on TV.

    As it turned out, they did end the game early, albeit not at the same rapid-fire pace they started with. As for their postgame TV plans, it might’ve included their own Football Friday Night highlights.

  • Cowboys edge Mountaineers

    Zach Tapia calmly drilled a 46-yard field goal with no time remaining in regulation to lift New Mexico Highlands to a rousing 46-43 victory over Western State Colorado on a cool Saturday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowboys and Mountaineers are both 3-4 overall.

    Highlands blew a 30-16 lead in the fourth quarter, allowing Western State a 27-6 surge that hijacked control.

    Mountaineer Austin Ekeler broke free for a 32-yard rushing touchdown to push his team ahead 43-36 with just 1:27 left.

  • ‘Beasties’ top Taos in key clash

    With a convincing 5-1 triumph in the first of two meetings with district archrival Taos, the Robertson girls’ soccer team took a major step closer to the district title on Saturday.

    Seniors Caitlin Diefendorf and Alexis DeVries scored two goals apiece and Siah Trudell-Mills added one, all in the first half, as the Lady Cardinals dealt Taos its worst defeat to date.

    Robertson is 14-3 overall and unbeaten at 5-0 in district with a rematch against the Lady Tigers (11-4-1) coming this Thursday at RHS Field.