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  • 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.

  • Public’s help sought in identifying robber

    Las Vegas Optic

    State police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the masked individual who robbed the Dollar General store in Pecos at gunpoint earlier this month.

    The robbery occurred at around 9:30 p.m. on April 19.

    According to a state police news release, the individual was wearing a clown mask, a black sweater with brown coveralls and black shoes with white soles. The robber was armed with a black handgun.

  • Vegas man charged with 7th DUI

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas police arrested a local man on his seventh DUI on Monday after he refused to submit to chemical testing.

  • 52,000 youths have had parent imprisoned

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — One in 10 New Mexico youths  have had a parent serve time behind bars at some point during their childhood as the state’s incarceration rate increased in recent years, a report released Monday said.

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows 52,000 children in New Mexico have had a parent jailed or in prison, and the state is one of six where 10 percent of youth have had an incarcerated parent.

    Nationwide, more than 5 million children — or 7 percent — have had a parent behind bars.

  • A Board Divided

    Discord and infighting have plagued the West Las Vegas School board for months, culminating on April 14 with the resignation of one board member who delivered a blistering attack on the current superintendent and two board members.

    The discord that pervades many board meetings these days is a far cry from four years ago when the West Las Vegas School Board was named school board of the year.

  • More families eligible for child care help

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has launched a push to get more eligible families to apply for federally-funded child care assistance and announced Thursday the state will expand eligibility requirements until late May
    The Republican governor said the effort is needed to get families to seek assistance for a program that some might not even know exists.