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Today's News

  • Audit: Provider overbilled government

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — An audit commissioned by the state estimated the government overpaid a mental health provider $655,800 because of improper billings, but the organization’s top executive said Friday the auditors were wrong.

    The Counseling Center was among 15 nonprofit providers of mental health services that had their Medicaid payments suspended last summer because of the audit that alleged fraud, mismanagement and billing problems over more than three years.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 27, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Fugitive back in New Mexico

    CLOVIS — A convicted child killer who escaped from a New Mexico prison and was captured in Mexico more than a year ago has been extradited back to the state.
    The U.S. Marshals Service announced that Edward Salas was taken back Saturday to Curry County to serve his sentence for the murder of a 10-year-old Clovis boy.
    Salas, who was on the agency’s most wanted list, was arrested by Mexican authorities in October 2012.

  • Literacy Fair
  • Que Pasa - Jan. 27, 2014

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Bear in the Air” by Susan Meyers. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING and ONGOING

  • Noticias - Jan. 27, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • We must do better

    There’ been a lot of debate about the role standardized tests play in our education system. Many contend that standardized tests don’t provide an accurate picture of what students have learned and that it’s unfair to evaluate teachers based on how their students perform on those tests.

    Those criticisms may be valid. But standardized tests aren’t the only indicators suggesting that New Mexico students aren’t making the grade in the classroom.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 27, 2014
  • Another Perspective - Time to enact reforms

    As we begin another short budget session, our troubled education system is our greatest cause for concern. As it stands, only about half of our public school students are proficient in math and reading and only half graduate ready to take on college. New Mexico now ranks last among all states in student performance. The sad truth is that our public school system is in need of a serious reworking.

  • WLV 84, RHS 47

    D.J. Bustos missed his first free throw of the evening, an “and-one” opportunity at the 7:29 mark of the second quarter.
    He didn’t miss again.

    Bustos sank his next 10 foul shots, part of a 27-point night, as West Las Vegas rolled over Robertson 84-47 on Saturday at a packed Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The visiting Cardinals trailed by double digits much of the game as West’s bigger lineup controlled the interior and did a pretty fine job along the perimeter as well.

  • On a roll - Robertson girls dominate Taos for 2-0 start in district

    At one point Friday night, Robertson’s Mary Miller had as many points as the opposing team combined.

    Miller scored off an Abbey Bradley assist, then battled for two putbacks to give her team a 20-6 lead.

    Then Alicia Arguello took center stage, scoring two buckets to close the first half with RHS comfortably ahead, 24-6.

    With players up and down the lineup making an impact, the Lady Cardinals had little trouble in a 51-36 rout of Taos on Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.