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  • 7 in 10 NM births paid for by Medicaid

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE  — Seven in 10 births in New Mexico are paid for by Medicaid, according to a recent state analysis.

    The study by the state Legislative Finance Committee showed 71 percent of the nearly 27,800 babies born in the state during 2010 were paid for by the state and federally funded health insurance program for the poor, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Jan. 30 — Hope was high today that all six crewmen had survived the crash of a B-52 Strategic Air Command bomber early today in the mountainous semi-wilderness country between Chacon and Guadalupita. Two survivors had reached Mora by noon today and two others were seen from the air by a pilot of a U.S. Air Force T23jet trainer this morning. The jet bomber was based at Walker Air Force Base at Roswell and was on a “round robin” flight from Walker.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 30, 2013

    East School Board forum is tonight

    A candidate forum has been scheduled for Las Vegas City Schools Board candidates for the Feb. 5 election. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the City Hall council chamber. Contact Charlene Jiron, in the superintendent’s office at 454-5702, for more information.

  • Weather - Jan. 30, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values as low as -2. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 15-20 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 49.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:02 a.m. to 5:27 p.m.

  • Salazar fields questions about social promotion, school grades

    Editor’s note: The Optic inadvertently left out Las Vegas City Schools board candidate Ernesto Salazar’s responses to the final two questions on the questionnaires that ran Friday. Below are his responses to those questions.

    4. Should the state eliminate social promotion, the practice of passing a student to the next grade level even though their test scores indicate that they are not ready?

  • Earth Chronicles Project features NM artists

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico art exhibit in Burris Hall Gallery with an artist reception at 5 p.m. this Thursday. The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Following the reception, a documentary that features the New Mexico artists in the exhibit will be shown at 7 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Regents extend Fries’ tenure

    Sending a clear message that they continue to have confidence in their president, New Mexico Highlands University regents approved a contract extension that will keep Jim Fries at Highlands’ helm through June 30, 2016.

    All four regents present at Friday’s board meeting voted to approve the extension, each one heaping praise on Fries for the job he has done leading Highlands since January of 2007.

    Both regents and Fries stressed that the president’s remaining time at Highlands will be spent trying to take it to the next level.

  • Free flu shot clinic
  • East looking at furloughs as budget fix

    At the recommendation of Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, the Las Vegas City School board unanimously approved the mid-year budget review during a special board meeting on Thursday morning. The district has previously said it is anticipating a $1.37 million shortfall in the current year’s budget, but on Thursday, the district appeared to be backing away from that figure.

  • Panel rejects bills to toughen DWI laws

    The Associated Press

    A legislative committee has rejected legislation backed by Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen New Mexico’s penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

    One of the bills supported by the Republican governor but rejected by the Democratic-led House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee would have increased prison time for fourth and subsequent DWI convictions.

    The second bill would have effectively required DWI convictions to figure in the determination on whether a defendant is an habitual offender.