Today's News

  • LV bodybuilders secure hardware in Duke City

    Submitted to the Optic

    High Desert Physique, Northern New Mexico’s all-natural competitive bodybuilding team, recently competed at the OCB Natural Albuquerque Championships on March 30 in Albuquerque.

    The team had six members competing, and returned home with a total of nine top five placement trophies.

    HDP’s coach and founder, Paul Aragon, works as a performance specialist, trainer and instructor at Luna Community College’s Wellness Center. The team includes LCC students, employees, and one member in Denver.

  • Mora track in Ft. Sumner

    Mora track and field athletes made a solid showing in this past weekend’s Fort Sumner Qualifier.

    In the boys’ meet, Mora finished seventh of 12 teams, amassing 32 team points. Texico’s Wolverines won with 111.5 points, followed by New Mexico Military (72) and Mountainair (61).

    On the girls’ side, Mora landed up seventh with 35 points. The host Vixens won their own meet with 95 points, beating Texico (72) and Tucumcari (59).

  • Riders split in Snyder

    Luna Community College’s baseball team bounced back from two losses Friday at Western Texas College by sweeping the host team the following day.

    WTC nipped Luna 7-6 in the opener and rode the momentum to a 9-5 win in game two. But Saturday belonged to the Rough Riders, who galloped to 5-3 and 10-8 wins.

    Luna is 14-25 overall and 10-14 in league play under Antonio Siqueiros.

    • • •

    Luna’s softball team dropped four straight games over the weekend to Howard College.

    Howard won 10-2, 9-0, 9-1 and 9-2.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 16, 2014

    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Taos (DH), 3 p.m., Taos
    • Las Vegas Little League (see schedule)
    • Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Las Vegas Little League (see schedule)
    • Robertson at Albuquerque Academy, noon, Albuquerque

    •  LCC vs. Howard (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 3 p.m., Brandt Park

  • Saving the Castañeda

    It’s been about 50 years, but Lurline Bennett still remembers her father stepping in and saving the Castañeda Hotel.

    “The Santa Fe Railroad was just going to tear the Castañeda down and just sell the bricks,” she recalls. “Not one person came forward and said, ‘No, we need to save the Castañeda.’ My father was the only one who said we can’t let that happen. We have to save the building.”

    What a difference 50 years makes.

  • Holi Festival
  • Ward 1 runoff set for Tuesday

    CORRECTION - April 16 - A story in Monday’s Optic about the Ward 1 runoff election should have said that incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron has a Master’s in Business Administration.

    The last time they faced off, incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron ended up with just nine more votes than challenger Oliver L’Esperance, sending both candidates to a runoff election.

    With such a razor-thin margin separating the two candidates vying for the Ward 1 city of Las Vegas Council seat, both have been pulling out all the stops.

  • Changes in handling of abuse cases urged

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state agency responsible for protecting children needs more authority to intervene in cases of alleged neglect and abuse when there’s not enough evidence to go to court to remove a child from the home, a top official in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration told lawmakers on Friday.

  • Looking Back - April 14, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 14, 2014

    Highlands senior hosting workshop
    New Mexico Highlands University media arts and Spanish graduating senior Gabriela Hernández presents a workshop titled “Jotería: Undocumented” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in the Student Union Building, Room 321. The workshop is free and open to the public.