Today's News

  • Alleged DUI driver facing 3 felonies

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 30-year-old Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged last week with driving drunk and three counts of felony child abuse after she crashed her vehicle into the Highlands University golf course last Monday evening, according to court documents.

    Police say Krystle R. Alarcon had her three young children — ranging in age from 2 to 5 — in the vehicle with her at the time of the accident.

    The children were transported to the hospital by ambulance and all were medically cleared and released to a family member.

  • Weather - Feb. 10, 2014

    A slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 40 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 16. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.

    A 10 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 10, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Ambulance hijacked

    ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking.
    Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3 a.m. Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical Center in downtown Albuquerque.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 10, 2014


  • A step back in DWI fight

    Anyone in New Mexico who picks up a newspaper or watches television news knows that we have a major problem with repeat DWI drivers in this state.

    The list of repeat DWI drivers who have killed or maimed someone in New Mexico is long, and it grows by the day.

    That’s why it’s unfortunate that the House Transportation and Public Works Committee voted 5-2 last week to table a bill that would have imposed stiffer penalties on repeat DWI offenders, a move that one of the bill’s sponsors says effectively killed the legislation.

  • Program opens door for youth

    By Jon C. Boren

    NMSU Associate Dean

    While New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service is well known for providing research-based education in traditional areas like agriculture, nutrition and 4-H, Extension programs also bring powerful STEM and health-related educational programs each year to thousands of youth across New Mexico.

  • West’s depth overwhelms RHS

    The largest basketball crowd at Mike Marr Gym this winter witnessed a game effort from the host Cardinals, as well as a pretty decent clinic of hoops from the victorious West Las Vegas Dons on Saturday night.

    West won 88-54 to remain unbeaten in District 2-3A boys’ basketball this season under David Bustos. The Dons are 15-6 overall and 5-0 in 2-3A.

    Robertson (9-14, 2-3) saw its win streak end at two games. Manuel Romero’s group had won at Socorro 63-53 on Tuesday and at Pojoaque Valley 63-46 on Thursday.

  • Steady win secured by Lady Dons

    There were no “Why so quiet?” taunts from the Robertson crowd this time around.

    West Las Vegas fans were joyfully noisy Friday night as they watched their Lady Dons lead from start to finish in a 59-47 triumph over the host Lady Cardinals at Mike Marr Gym.

    Given the competitive environment of the division this winter, it was a much-needed get-even win for West, which had lost its only District 2-3A game to date at the hands of RHS on Jan. 22 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 10, 2014

    • NMHU vs. Lubbock Christian, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Socorro, 4 p.m., Socorro

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Raton, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), 9 a.m., Lamar, Colo.

  • Skidding Cowboys lose 4th in a row

    Las Vegas Optic

    Unable to come all the way back from a 13-point halftime deficit Saturday night, the Highlands Cowboys saw a decent chance at a good road upset fade away.

    Fort Lewis (14-6, 11-5) held on for a 96-90 decision on its home floor in Durango, Colo.

    The Cowboys have now lost four in a row, falling to 10-11 overall and 7-10 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
    The Skyhawks built a 57-44 cushion by intermission, and they padded that to 65-47 on the foul shooting of Alex Herrera at the 17:14 mark.