Today's News

  • State redraws Medicaid cuts to hospital, dentists

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico is cutting Medicaid payments by less than originally planned in response to concerns raised by Native American tribal leaders, hospitals and other health care providers.

    The Human Service Department that oversees Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled also is easing cuts to dentists and the University of New Mexico Hospital. Medicaid providers were notified of the changes as new rates went into effect Friday.

  • FBI won’t recommend charges for Clinton

    By Eric Tucker and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign.

    But Comey called her actions “extremely careless” and faulted the agency she led for a lackadaisical approach to handling classified material.

  • Death toll from weekend Baghdad attack reaches 175

    By Sinan Salaheddin
    The Associated Press

    BAGHDAD — As Iraqis mourned in shock and disbelief, more dead bodies were recovered Tuesday from the site of a massive Islamic State suicide bombing this weekend in central Baghdad, bringing the death toll to 175, officials said.

    The staggering figure — one the worst bombings in 13 years of war in Iraq — has cast a pall on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and which begins Wednesday in Iraq.

  • In Brief July 6, 2016

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    South Pacific to close for repairs

    City crews are planning to close South Pacific from Moreno to Perez today (Wednesday) for repairs.

    That portion of road is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    A detour and traffic control will be in place. City officials urge motorists to use extreme caution while driving in the area.

    Local is an intern at White House

  • Looking Back - July 6, 2016

    Monday, June 27, 1966 — Robin Carlson won a trophy at the recent Bowling Proprietors Association of America state tournament, which qualified her for a trip to Washington, D.C., July 28 through Aug. 2. In Washington, she will compete in a field of girls from 36 states for a college scholarship, which will go to seven girls. Robin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carlson, is a senior at Robertson High School, where she competes in track and volleyball.

  • Weather - July 6, 2016


    HIGH 90° / LOW 59°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind 10 to 15 mph.




    HIGH 91° / LOW 57°

    Sunny, with a high near 91. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 57.

    5:52 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.


  • Senior Lunch Menu - July 6, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers,
    with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Ham, sweet yams, Mediterranean vegetables, fruit, and a dinner roll

    Chicken strips, white cream gravy, au gratin potatoes, gravy, buttered peas with pimientos, biscuit, and fruit cobbler


    Red chile smothered beef and bean burrito, Spanish rice, beets, and gelatin with fruit

  • Que Pasa July 6, 2016


    10 a.m.
    Carnegie Summer Reading Program welcomes David Geary and Ranger Scott Green of El Rancho de las Golondrinas on the lawn of Carnegie Library. Ranger Scott Green will portray the Hermit of Hermit’s Peak. Lunch to follow presentation. Program is free, and children 2 to 12 years are welcome.


    8 a.m.

  • Noticias July 6, 2016

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    •If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

  • Editorial Cartoon: June 8, 2016