Today's News

  • Crespin to fight Nov. 16

    “El Toro” Arturo Crespin will be back in the professional boxing ring as one half of the main event of an upcoming card in Albuquerque.

    Crespin is scheduled to fight Julio Lanzas of Colorado Springs, headling a Chavez Promotions event on Nov. 16 at the PAL Auditorium.

    The West Las Vegas alumnus has been training in town at his father Carlos Crespin’s gym and also making trips to spar with fellow pro contender Fidel Maldonado, according to the elder Crespin.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 28, 2013

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • Pecos (A,B) vs. Mora, 4:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona


  • Official accused of tirade

    A San Miguel County Commissioner angrily walked off the job at New Mexico Highlands University, but not before crumbling up his suspension letter and tossing it, along with his keys, in the face of his supervisor.

    A university police report filed in the case also states that Ron Ortega threatened the supervisor, Kent Reid, who at the time was the interim director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands.

  • Senior profile - Rufina Ortega

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Born in 1937 to Alberto and Lucianita Trujillo, Rufina was raised in Las Tusas, near Sapello. She is carrying on a family tradition begun by her father, in 1914.

    He served as the contract United States Postal Service mail carrier for the Beulah Route for 50 years. In 1964, Alberto decided to retire, so Rufina bid on the position. She was hired and has been the carrier for the last 49 years.

  • Robertson vandals not scot-free yet

    It has been several months since vandals breached the Robertson High School security system and created a huge mess for staff and students. The vandalism took place a few days before the commencement.

    On Wednesday, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said two private investigators hired by the district have identified several suspects in the case, but their names have yet to be released publicly.

  • High court takes up gay marriage

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court stepped into the fray over gay marriage on Wednesday, with the state attorney general and gay rights advocates urging justices to order county clerks statewide to allow the unions.

    The Supreme Court heard from lawyers in a case that could determine whether gay marriage is legal across New Mexico. The five justices will issue a decision later.

  • Contest Winner
  • Jail Log - Oct. 25, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21:
    Rusty Lesperance, 24, contempt of court, failure to attend mediation, failure to appear
    Anthony Palomino, 40, bench warrant,  failure to appear
    Elisha Romero, 30, failure to appear, failure to pay,  failure to appear, failure to appear, failure to pay, bench warrant SM Magistrate/Guadalupe Magistrate/Santa Fe
    Desiree Hass, 23, failure to pay fines or cost imposed by the court  

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 25, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Cities want food sales tax

    The New Mexico Municipal League wants the state to allow local governments to apply the sales tax to food purchases, but Gov. Susana Martinez is against the idea.
    League Executive Director Bill Fulginiti says local governments want the Legislature to act on the issue next year.
    He says renewed authority to impose a food tax would give municipalities a way to absorb a phase-out of subsidy dollars from the state.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 25, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, Oct. 25 — A long-time planned and hoped-for Goodwill Store will be opened in the near future by the Help For The Needs Club, Mrs. Vicente Armijo announced today. The Goodwill Store will be located on Lincoln between Wertz Sporting Goods Store and the Optic. The establishment will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., accepting donations of clothing, bedding, household goods of all sorts, furniture and toys.