Today's News

  • State tennis in spotlight

    Juliana Guerin is eyeing her third state singles tennis title. David Romero III is hunting his first after taking one in doubles last May.

    Those storylines and others will play out this week in Albuquerque, site of the Class 1A-3A state tennis championships. First-round action gets things started on Wednesday afternoon at the Jerry Cline Complex.

  • Highlands’ Slack shatters national heptathlon mark

    Salcia Slack racked up an NCAA Division II record 5,833 points in the women’s heptathlon on Monday in Alamosa, Colo., easily winning the event in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships.

    Slack has already qualified for the NCAA Division II outdoor national championships in the heptathlon.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 7, 2014

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments (individuals), TBA, Jerry Cline Complex, Albuquerque

    • NMHU at RMAC Tournament, TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

  • Native among tornado victims

    A Watrous native and her husband were among the people killed last Sunday when a massive tornado tore through their Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood.

    A concrete slab is all that is left of the home that belonged to Glenna Sue Pickett Lavergne and her husband, Dennis Troy. Vilonia  is a small community roughly 30 minutes from Little Rock.

    While most houses on the same street as their home are in rubble, the Lavergne home is scattered as it was hit with the vortex, the center of the tornado.

  • Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
  • Recordings allowed in murder case

    The district judge presiding over the Joseph “Wicked” Montoya murder case ruled last week that prosecutors could introduce at trial jailhouse recordings in which Montoya appears to admit to committing the murder.

    “I finally picked up, I finally got a murder under my belt. Boom,” Montoya tells a woman he called on Oct. 13, according to a partial transcript of the conversation included in court documents.

  • Valdez withdraws from sheriff’s race

    Luna Community College Trustee Tony Valdez has once again decided to withdraw from the crowded San Miguel County sheriff’s race.

    Although Valdez will no longer seek the position, his name will remain on the ballot for the June 3 Democratic primary election because he withdrew after the deadline.

    “I just have personal issues I need to attend to,” Valdez told the Optic last week.

  • Democrats assail gov during forum

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Five Democrats running for governor directed a barrage of criticism at Republican incumbent Susana Martinez at a candidate forum Saturday rather than sniping at each other.

    With the June 3 primary election a month away, Democrats assailed Martinez for weak job growth in the state and New Mexico being rated in a recent national study as the worst in the country for the well-being of children.

  • Looking Back - May 5, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, May 4 — The first perfect game in the history of the New Mexico state bowling tournament was turned in by Bob Schopfer of Las Vegas in Albuquerque. Schopfer, owner of Vegas Bowl, has been bowling 20 years and is a former U.S. Air Force jet pilot before taking over the local bowling alleys in 1963.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 5, 2014

    Donate to local nonprofits this Tuesday
    The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. On Tuesday, go to www.givegrandenm.org to donate to your favorite nonprofit. Donations you make could be matched. For more on this effort, see today’s editorial on Page 4.