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  • Preparing for a nasty spring allergy season

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital

    Experts are advising that 2016 could be an exceptionally unpleasant spring allergy season and those who suffer from seasonal allergies need to be prepared. With the unusual up-and-down weather pattern across the country all winter, there is likely to be a “pollen super burst” as temperatures begin to climb.

  • At Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer

    By Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.

    Biden spoke at a conference on regenerative medicine and ended up sharing the stage with the pope, who used his own speech to decry a profit-driven medical research system. With light streaming through stained glass into an ornate auditorium, the pope called for empathy for the sick and communal guarantees that all have access to care.

  • In Brief - News - May 1, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Testimony: Records falsified

    ALBUQUERQUE — State caseworkers and supervisors have testified that they falsified income information on emergency applications for people seeking food assistance, resulting in some of New Mexico’s most needy being denied help.

    The testimony came Thursday in a case in which lawyers are challenging whether the state Human Services Department is meeting certain requirements.

  • Former teacher makes bears for kids

    By John Kennett
    Midland Daily News

    MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Remember those teddy bears when you were young? How soft and cuddly they were? And how when hugged, they brought a warm feeling, peace and security?

    Local resident Jacqueline K. Lamont is providing that same feeling for children who might need some encouragement as they deal with health issues, or disruptive situations, the Midland Daily News reported.

  • Council approves contracts for top officials

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve eight-month contracts for the city manager, city attorney, police chief and city clerk, but those contracts give the mayor and Council the option of terminating any of those employees without penalty to the city even if there is no cause.

    The contracts for City Manager Richard Trujillo, City Attorney H. Chico Gallegos, Police Chief Juan Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez all run through Dec. 31, 2016.

  • Senior Profile: Dream of flying comes true

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    As 5-year old Rey Herrera was playing and tumbling in the grass, he heard a strange noise above him. He looked up at the sky and was mesmerized by some sort of huge bird or beast. He didn’t know he was seeing an airplane that first time, but he knew that he wanted to be up there.

    Decades later, he did become a pilot. In the interval, his life has been focused on keeping other pilots safe as they soar above the clouds.

  • State outlines cuts to Medicaid provider rates

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Human Services Department has released an outline of proposed cuts to reimbursement rates for Medicaid health care providers aimed at trimming up to $160 million in annual state and federal spending.

    The proposal would rescind previous reimbursement increases to nearly 2,000 general physicians and trim payment rates to hospitals by between 3 percent and 8 percent.

  • CYFD hopes to increase childcare safety

    The cost of childcare in New Mexico is roughly $8,000 a year for an infant, according to the Economic Policy Institute report released earlier this month.

    The cost has many people struggling to make ends meet. According to the institute, a non-profit advocacy group for low- and middle-income citizens, the cost is higher than a year’s tuition at some in-state colleges.

  • Jail Log April 29, 2016

    Alexiaray Archuleta, 35, hold for court
    Christopher Montaño, 26, DWI, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joseph Martinez Jr., 28, driving on suspended-revoked license, receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles
    Joseph Herrera, 27, two-day commitment
    Lonnie Baca, 44, driving on suspended- revoked license, no insurance.
    Mario Ramirez, 37, abuse of a child
    Derek Andrade, 36, probation violation, failure to appear
    Orlando Hoskie, 30, failure to appear, DWI, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Push on to expand HU union

    The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico has filed a petition to form another bargaining unit at New Mexico Highlands University.

    The proposed unit would represent an estimated 111 professional staff at the main campus and the university’s centers across the state. The petition was filed with the university’s Labor Relations Board after several employees in the proposed bargaining unit signed cards expressing an interest in becoming part of a union.