Today's News

  • FYI - News - August 3, 2012

    Don’t forget that the state’s annual tax holiday kicks off today and continues through the weekend. No gross receipts tax is being imposed on certain clothing and shoes up to $100, computers costing $1,000 or less and computer hardware of $500 or less, such as printers. School supplies costing up to $15 are also tax free.

  • CASA gets $3,000 grant from foundation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, has received a $3,000 grant from the New Mexico Children’s Foundation. This is the second year the Children’s Foundation has awarded $3,000 to CASA in Las Vegas.

    The funding will be used to recruit, train and retain volunteers who work with children who are living in foster care because of abuse or neglect. The program currently has 17 active volunteers, but more are needed.

  • A how-to guide on recycling in Vegas

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    Recycling is good for the environment, saves money and resources that would otherwise be used to haul trash to landfills.

    All recycling centers in the area provide on-site staff to answer questions and help unload recyclables from your vehicle. With seven recycling sites currently open across San Miguel County — including one outside the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, one on the Highlands University campus and one just off Airport Road —  there’s probably one closer than you think.

  • Report: Tax cheats getting paid by Medicaid

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of Medicaid health care service providers still got paid by the government even though they owed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes, congressional investigators say. A legal technicality is making it harder for the IRS to collect.

  • In Brief - News - August 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    NM offers money to buy clothing

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says the state will provide a $1 million in assistance for low-income families to buy clothing for children returning to school.
    The governor announced Wednesday the clothing allowance will be $50 for each qualifying child between ages 6 and 18.
    The payments go to families enrolled in one of several social services programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance.

  • Noticias - August 3, 3012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Las Vegas City Schools has a new Dress Code with lots of changes. A copy is available on their website (www.cybercardinal.com) or at their Central Office, the office of the Director for Instruction at Robertson’s Patio Building, or at Wal-Mart.Call 454-5700.

  • Que Pasa - August 3, 2012

    • New Mexico Territorial Brass Band in concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Plaza Park (rain location Traveler’s Cafe, 1814 Plaza).

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 3, 2012

    THUMBS UP! OPEN GOVERNMENT VICTORY. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled last week that citizens do indeed have a right to access public records being kept by an independent contractor on behalf of local or state governmental entities. The court issued the decision in a case involving the city of Truth or Consequences and a nonprofit corporation that operated a public access cable channel for the community.
    The ruling further protects the public’s right to know in this age in which privatization of public services is becoming increasingly common.

  • Editorial Cartoons - August 3, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - The aftermath of the Magee saga

    The Magee affair made a shambles of a great political dynasty, ruined one jurist forever, propelled another to power, set the tone for hardball politics in San Miguel Count, and resulted in a political order that prevailed here for several decades.

    Through the storied characters of that saga — burdened as they were by the foibles of human frailty — we have tried to recount a fascinating era in Las Vegas history.