Today's News

  • 7 in 10 NM births paid for by Medicaid

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE  — Seven in 10 births in New Mexico are paid for by Medicaid, according to a recent state analysis.

    The study by the state Legislative Finance Committee showed 71 percent of the nearly 27,800 babies born in the state during 2010 were paid for by the state and federally funded health insurance program for the poor, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Jan. 30 — Hope was high today that all six crewmen had survived the crash of a B-52 Strategic Air Command bomber early today in the mountainous semi-wilderness country between Chacon and Guadalupita. Two survivors had reached Mora by noon today and two others were seen from the air by a pilot of a U.S. Air Force T23jet trainer this morning. The jet bomber was based at Walker Air Force Base at Roswell and was on a “round robin” flight from Walker.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 30, 2013

    East School Board forum is tonight

    A candidate forum has been scheduled for Las Vegas City Schools Board candidates for the Feb. 5 election. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the City Hall council chamber. Contact Charlene Jiron, in the superintendent’s office at 454-5702, for more information.

  • Weather - Jan. 30, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values as low as -2. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 15-20 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunny, with a high near 49.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:02 a.m. to 5:27 p.m.

  • Salazar fields questions about social promotion, school grades

    Editor’s note: The Optic inadvertently left out Las Vegas City Schools board candidate Ernesto Salazar’s responses to the final two questions on the questionnaires that ran Friday. Below are his responses to those questions.

    4. Should the state eliminate social promotion, the practice of passing a student to the next grade level even though their test scores indicate that they are not ready?

  • Earth Chronicles Project features NM artists

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico art exhibit in Burris Hall Gallery with an artist reception at 5 p.m. this Thursday. The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Following the reception, a documentary that features the New Mexico artists in the exhibit will be shown at 7 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 30, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Substitute Groundhog“ by Pat Miller. Free and open to the public.
    • Las Vegas City Schools board election forum, 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the city of Las Vegas Council Chambers. The election takes place Feb. 5. For more information, contact Charlene Jiron at 454-5702.


  • Tale of two presidents

    Last week, two presidential contracts were approved by the governing bodies of Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University. Luna President Pete Campos got a one-year extension to his contract and Highlands President Jim Fries has three more years. Campos is good through June 2014 and Fries through June 2016.

    It’s no surprise there were stark differences between the public discussions about and the decisions made regarding each of their contracts. Campos and Fries are very different people, as are their bosses’ politics.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 30, 2012
  • Work of Art - Picking Sunday’s winner

    How much do you think Sunday’s Super Bowl commercials on TV will cost? The latest figures show close to $4 million for a 30-second spot and about $8 million for a full minute.

    That comes out to about $126,666 a second. That’s Donald Trump-like money. By contrast — and inflation is a big factor here — a 30-second commercial cost $42,000 back in the late 1960s, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs.