Local News

  • Health care records vulnerable to hackers

    By Tom Murphy and Brandon Bailey
    AP Business Writers

    Everyone worries about stolen credit cards or hacked bank accounts, but just visiting the doctor may put you at greater risk for identity fraud.

  • Hunting, fishing show returns to Expo

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    The annual midwinter hunting and fishing show is back at Expo New Mexico after being cancelled last year following the death of its founder Bob Gerding.

    “We’re thrilled to be reviving the annual outdoor adventure show and carrying on the tradition that Bob started so many years ago,” said Lance Cherry, chief of information and education for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 11, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, Feb. 8 — For the third time in as many years, Eddie Groth, sports information director at New Mexico Highlands University has won national honors in the NAIS’s Football Brochure competition. Groth’s brochure took fourth nationally among the over 400 colleges in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Others in the top five were Southwestern Louisiana University, Florida A&M, Fort Hayes State in Kansas and Hillsdale (Mich.) College.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 11, 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.

  • Weather - Feb. 11, 2015

    A chance of rain and snow, mainly before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. North wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 21. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunny, with a high near 62. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

  • 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.