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  • FYI - News - Feb. 11, 2015

    The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities over the Presidents Day weekend Feb. 14-16, 2015. Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies. For more information, call the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District at 505-757-6121 or 425-3535.

  • Grad rates down in Vegas

    The four-year graduation rate for Robertson and West Las Vegas High schools dropped in 2014.

    The drop follows a statewide trend that has Gov. Susana Martinez calling for legislation to seize licenses of habitually truant students. The governor also wants to put social workers in at-risk middle schools and dropout prevention coaches in high schools fed by those middle schools to help students who are most at risk of dropping out.

  • Sweetheart dance
  • Bill seeks late-term abortion ban

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers in New Mexico are proposing a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for minors to notify parents within 48 hours before terminating a pregnancy.

    The legislation proposed Friday comes less than a month after Roman Catholic bishops urged lawmakers to enact new abortion laws this legislative session with the GOP in control of the House for the first time in decades. Democrats remain in control of the Senate.

  • Health insurance deadline nearing

    Submitted to the Optic

    If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, 2015 is the first year Americans must prove they had qualifying health insurance — or an approved exemption — for the previous year (when filing 2014 taxes), or face a tax penalty.

  • Legislative session heating up

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    One lawmaker compared the repeal of a New Mexico immigrant driver’s license law to the Holocaust. A state senator said the appointment of a new child welfare leader was “a slap in the face” to abused children.

    Despite initial calls for bipartisanship, the opening days of a divided New Mexico Legislature have been heated.

  • Proposed law seeks payment from insurance companies for vaccines

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Health insurance companies would have to help the state purchase vaccines for privately insured children in New Mexico under legislation proposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

    New Mexico is among a handful of states that operate universal vaccine purchasing programs aimed at boosting immunization rates. But here, paying into the program is voluntary.

    Lawmakers say that needs to change to ensure the state has enough funding to cover the vaccine needs of all New Mexico children.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 9, 2015

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    RHS gun scare causes lockdown
    Robertson High School and nearby Paul D. Henry Elementary were put on lock down Friday morning after the school was notified that there a gun was on campus.
    Superintendent Ruben Cordova said a BB gun was found in the trunk of a vehicle on the high school campus. He said the Las Vegas Police Department was on scene during the lock down and was able to track down the gun.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 9, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, Feb. 8 — Las Vegas received two and a half inches of snow yesterday afternoon and last night. The low last night was 18, the high yesterday 47, and the 11 a.m. reading today was 23. The U.S. Weather Bureau issued a hazardous driving warning for north and east portions of the state. Roads today were open, but slick and treacherous.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 9, 2015

    Rotary Club’s lasagna fundraiser is Thursday
    Rotary Club’s annual lasagna lunch and dinner fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Hillcrest Restaurant’s Flamingo Room. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any Rotary Club member or at the door. There will be a silent auction for both lunch and dinner. Dinner entertainment will be by UWC-USA students.