Today's News

  • On your marks...
  • Boston strong one year later

    By Denise Lavoie
    The Associated Press
    BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

  • Go Fish - April 18

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, April 15:
    Catches of the week
    Bluewater Lake: April 8, Matt Pelletier of Albuquerque caught and released a 48.5-inch tiger musky. He was using a jerk bait.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 18, 2014

    • LCC vs. Howard (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Adams State (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • LCC vs. El Paso (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico (DH), noon, Cowgirl Field
    • Robertson at Taos tournament, 8 a.m., Taos
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Western State, TBA, Gunnison, Colo.

    • NMHU vs. Adams State, noon, Brandt Park

  • Gurule-Giron wins runoff

    Voters in Ward 1 handed a victory to incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron in Tuesday’s runoff, electing her to a second, four-year term on the City Council.

    The last time the two faced off for the March 4 election, Gurule-Giron received just nine more votes than L’Esperance.

    This time around, Gurule-Giron increased her margin of victory, garnering 65 more votes than L’Esperance. She walked away with 55 percent of the vote.

    Gurule-Giron celebrated her victory with friends and family at Plaza Burger.

  • A warm welcome - Hundreds show up to celebrate Castañeda

    Area residents packed into the 115-year-old structure by the hundreds, each one seeming to look beyond the dining room’s peeling red paint and seriously outdated wallpaper, and sharing in the vision of the historic hotel coming back to life.

    The Castañeda Hotel’s days as the “Nasty Casty” appear to be numbered, and the jubilant crowd that turned out Monday afternoon to welcome the building’s new owners couldn’t have been happier.

  • Judges sue over pay

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A group of New Mexico judges sued Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday in an effort to overturn a veto that denied them an 8 percent pay raise, an increase the governor says too far eclipsed those given to other state employees like teachers.
    A coalition of judicial associations, individual judges and two state senators filed the lawsuit in New Mexico Supreme Court to reverse the governor’s line-item veto.

  • Geologists link small quakes to fracking

    By Julie Carr Smyth
    The Associated Press

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.

  • Alliance’s Gallinas River clean-up set for April 26

    Submitted to the Optic

    In honor of Earth Day, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, along with partners Tierra y Montes, the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club and Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, will host the Gallinas River Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to noon on April 26.

    This clean-up will focus on the river and riparian area along the Gallinas in Las Vegas, though there will be a number of volunteer crews sent up into the Gallinas Canyon, and the Friends of the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge will participate at the refuge.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, April 14 — Last Squad members attending the 26th annual meeting in Las Vegas are Martin Rapp, Harry Armaigis, Don J. Turner, E.M. Barber, Harvey Taylor, Earl Phillips, Walter Kalbo, Jim Roseberry, George Lingnau, John Burns, Dr. Paul D. Henry, Charles Hilton, Ivan Hilton, M.E. Noble, S. Omar Barker, J. Harvey Brown, W.A. Poe, Carl Hursh, Beth B. Gray and Rex Morrison.