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Today's News

  • Using technology in business topic of program

    Submitted to the Optic
    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program and Las Vegas First invite local small businesses to learn how Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories can help you solve the technical challenges that get your business to the next level of success.  
    A brief panel discussion will take place at the event. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kennedy Hall on the campus of Highlands University.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 31, 2013
  • Release the audit

    If you’ve watched television newscasts or picked up a newspaper over the last month, then chances are you know about the audit commissioned by the Human Services Department.

    Boston-based auditors looked into the billing practices of 15 New Mexico behavioral health programs, and they reportedly found an estimated $36 million in improper payments. Allegations of fake billing, potential shell companies and CEO’s improperly getting rich off Medicaid funds are flying.

  • Work of Art — Sweet mice for sale

    Anyone who tries to learn a new language soon comes across words that are cognates, by definition, words that stem from the same source, as the German “ist” and the English “is.”

  • Crash landing in Roswell

    For the second time in the Pecos League’s three-year history as an independent professional baseball outfit, the Roswell Invaders are champions.

    The host Invaders completed a two-game sweep of the Las Vegas Train Robbers with a 12-6 win Monday night in Roswell.

    It was a bittersweet conclusion for the first-year Las Vegas club and manager Casey Dill. Dill has coached teams to a runner-up finish in the finals for two straight seasons now, having done so in the summer of 2012 with the now-defunct Las Cruces Vaqueros.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 31, 2013

    Wednesday
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Havoc vs. Blaze, 6 p.m., Vegas Boyz vs. Yo Momma, 7:15 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    Thursday
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Vegas Boyz vs. Blaze, 6 p.m., Balls Deep vs. Havoc, 7:15 p.m.; women’s division games, Bud vs. Scrubs, 6 p.m., Bud vs. Lady Hackers, 7:15 p.m., Scrubs vs. Lady Jags (makeup game), 8:30 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

  • East gets positive audit

    Las Vegas City Schools is making progress on  its late audits, with the latest one containing good news for the district.

  • A bike lover’s paradise
  • Higher ed secretary worried

    State Higher Education Secretary José Garcia says New Mexico’s higher education system is failing its citizens and he urged officials at Luna Community College to work together to turn things around.

  • City awards road, propane contracts

    The City Council moved forward last week with awarding a road improvement project to Franken Construction and to select Ferrellgas as the company that will provide propane to the city for the next year.

    Both projects became somewhat controversial after critics of the city administration voiced concerns about conflicts of interest, noting that Councilman Vince Howell works for the Franken family and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr.’s son works for Ferrellgas.