Today's News

  • Work of Art — Back then, it was as if . . .

    It was as if the President had been shot and killed in downtown Gallup. The commotion, the panic, the floods of tears, the anger and confusion must have rained on every community in the nation. Yes, it was as if . . .

    Let me explain:

    Virtually every living U.S. senior citizen can recall precisely where each was and what each was doing the day President Kennedy was assassinated. The just-published Friday edition of the Optic, for example, compiled reactions from people who remember the event clearly.

  • Net Gains - Bustos and WLV teammates battled on to honor her mother and coach

    Caelin Bustos was admittedly ambivalent — at least at first — about the prospect of making the Class 2A-3A North All-Stars in volleyball.

    The untimely death of her mother (and her head coach at West Las Vegas), Mary Bustos, changed her perspective a bit.

  • Bradley learned lessons from Lady Cards’ challenging season

    Even the most trying of seasons can  bring valuable rewards — though they may not be the type of rewards measured in the win column or marked by any tangible trophy.

    Abbey Bradley has learned this first hand.

    The Robertson senior inherited her volleyball team’s primary on-court leadership role this past offseason. As the veteran presence amid a team of less experienced players, Bradley had to step up in a different role with a different dynamic than any she’d experienced before.

  • RHS coach on late WLV counterpart: ‘Amazing mentor’

    On this Thanksgiving holiday, Judith Trujillo says she is grateful for the opportunity to have learned from Mary Bustos.

    Even if Bustos’ Lady Dons didn’t give up a set to Trujillo’s Lady Cardinals on the volleyball court this fall.

    Trujillo said her players, faced with their impromptu matchup against West Las Vegas in the first round of the state tournament just hours removed from the loss of Bustos, wondered aloud how to approach the match.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 27, 2013

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Capital, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    No local sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) at Mora, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Memorial Middle School at Taos, 8 a.m., Taos

    No local sporting events scheduled

  • 2 nabbed on drug charges

    Las Vegas police executing two separate search warrants last week discovered crack cocaine and methamphetamine, and now two individuals are facing serious charges.

    Arrested were Ricky Silva, 35, of the 300 block of Monia Street, and Ana M. Tafoya, 31, of the 1800 block of Romero Street.

    Silva has been charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, a second-degree felony, and with possession of hydrocodone, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

  • Winter Arrives
  • Deadline looming for disaster aid

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE – Severe storms and flooding that took place Sept. 9-22 damaged public facilities and roads in 15 New Mexico counties, including Mora and San Miguel counties.

    President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Eddy, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, and Torrance counties on Oct. 29.

  • Scholarship fund to take another hit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s troubled lottery scholarship fund will be taking another hit, thanks to a recent ruling that will cause the state’s payment from big tobacco companies to be reduced.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that half the money lawmakers had planned to use this year to temporarily shore up the scholarship fund will likely not be forthcoming due to the ruling.

  • Wintry blast hits West, 8 killed

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Stormy weather across the West blamed in eight deaths moved steadily eastward, prompting alerts of wintry conditions in New Mexico and Texas.

    Forecasters said the storm system in the West would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast the coming week, causing problems for holiday travelers.

    The “Nordic outbreak” will “produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation,” National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris said.