Today's News

  • Invest in children

    A three-day series in last week’s Albuquerque Journal highlighted the growing sentiment that states need to invest in early childhood programs and even prenatal care in order to gain ground in student achievement.

    It’s an important topic and one we should all pay attention to, given that New Mexico has long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom. Indeed, the 2013 National Kids Count Data Book ranks New Mexico last in overall child well being.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 30, 2013

    • “5 for 5” Frida Kahlo/Dia de Los Muertos ATC Swap, all ATC’s must be mailed to Bambi Doe Blake byTuesday, Oct. 1 so they can be swapped and mailed for “El Dia De Los Muertos,” on Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information, email Blake at doee@desertgate.com.


  • Weekend Roundup - Lucero lights up the Jaguars

    Homecoming 2013 proved to be soothing for the Robertson football program.

    Following back-to-back losses to Class 2A and 3A state champions, the Cardinals reversed course with a 47-8 blowout of Capital on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Itching to get back on the field after being required to sit out the St. Mike’s game, Dominic Lucero delivered his most explosive effort yet.

  • Running with heart

    It has been a trying month for Leandro Garduño and the rest of his family.

    But Saturday was all right — a ray of sunshine amid the clouds.

    Garduño, a standout cross country runner at Memorial Middle School, lost his stepfather Felipe a couple of weeks ago to an extended battle with cancer.

    It was devastating news for him and sister Esperanza, a varsity runner at West Las Vegas. Esperanza didn’t compete in the Belen meet with her teammates so she could be with her family.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 30, 2013

    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLVMS

    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Clovis, 3 p.m., Clovis
    • Robertson girls at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Mora (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 6 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Pecos (A,B) at McCurdy, 5 p.m., Española

    Cross country

  • State investigation launched

    A spokesperson for the state Public Education Department has confirmed that an ethics investigation into the Mora School District is under way.

    In August, former Mora school district employee Roger Gonzales notified the school board publicly of potential violations of state statues. He then hand-delivered a letter outlining the alleged violations to the state education department. The investigation appears to stem from the allegations contained in Gonzales’ letter.

  • Search of home ends with arrests

    The drug raids that played out last week are just the latest in an ongoing effort by the Region IV Narcotics Task Force to crack down on drug traffickers throughout the area.

    The week before officers arrested two individuals after executing a search warrant at their residence at 110 Baca Ave.

  • Senior profile - Raymundo ‘Ray’ Angel

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    More than 70 years later, the memory is still vivid in Raymundo Angel’s mind.

    He recalls the smoke and the burning ships. The day was Dec. 7, 1941, and the Japanese were attacking Pearl Harbor.

    Ray, a Marine, was stationed at Ewa Airfield, two miles from Pearl Harbor. The airfield also came under attack, but Ray survived it.

    Witnessing firsthand the death and destruction that rained down on our nation on that day of infamy didn’t rob Ray of his optimism.

  • Storms pushed state out of extreme drought

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Much of New Mexico remains beset by drought, but the recent heavy rains brought some relief — especially in the driest areas.

    More than 6.2 inches of rain fell in the Las Vegas Area from Sept. 10 through Sept. 16, according to the National Weather Service. That rain has made a significant difference in bringing up the city’s water storage.

  • Audit faults oversight of child care programs

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislative auditors criticized state oversight of taxpayer-subsidized child care providers Wednesday, saying a government agency failed to detect sex offenders living at child care locations.

    Staff auditors of the Legislative Finance Committee said the Children, Youth and Families Department suspended three child care homes after auditors told the agency that registered sex offenders listed the homes as their primary addresses.