Today's News

  • 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.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - August 3, 2012

  • Duo All-American in javelin

    Before the recent Junior Olympics national track and field competition in Baltimore, Nicholas Gurule had never boarded an airplane.

    By the time he returned to the Meadow City from the big meet, Gurule was flying high in more ways than one.

    The 14-year-old West Las Vegas student earned a national runner-up finish in the javelin, youth division (13-14), defeating 45 other throwers and securing All-American honors.

    Oh, and he also got to ride in a plane for the first time.

  • Cougar town - In photo finish, Vida Encantada team tops Bud for city league title

    Tuesday’s city league championship game came down to the final at-bats for the Vida Encantada Cougars, who had to claw and scratch back from a rare deficit against a battle-hardened Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl club for a 9-8 win.

    With young Jacklyn Alarcon pitching some of her best softball of the summer, the Bud team held their offense-minded counterparts well below their previous tournament average of 22.5.