Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 27, 2014

    Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. The service is available also to non-AARP members. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, from Feb. 3 through April 14 at the new student center at Highlands University. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring all necessary documents.

  • Weather - Jan. 27, 2014

    A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. South wind around 15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 10. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 21.

    Sunny, with a high near 56. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:04 a.m. to 5:23 p.m.

  • 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

    • 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.


  • 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.