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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - May 1, 2016

    5.4.2016
    WEDNESDAY

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    5.5.2016
    THURSDAY

    7 p.m.
    El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association board meeting will meet at 49 Mirasol Road at
    Ojitos Frios Ranches Subdivision.  The public is welcome to attend.

    5.7.2016
    SATURDAY

    9 a.m. to noon

  • Students, community partner for photo exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents the first Town and Gown Photography Show through May 27 in Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave.

    The exhibit features the work of the university’s Media Arts and Technology Department students and faculty as well as the Meadow City Camera Club.

  • Noticias - May 1, 2016

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
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    •Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.

    •Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

  • Isotopes fall in 11 frames

    An RBI triple by Mike Freeman drove in Peter O’Brien for the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday night in Reno, Nev., and the Isotopes fell to the Aces 3-2.

    It was the third loss in a row for Albuquerque, which will wrap up the series Sunday at Greater Nevada Park before heading home to Isotopes Park for an eight-game homestand starting Monday evening.

     Albuquerque (12-9 going into the weekend) took the early lead when Rafael Ynoa scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Tauchman in the top of the first inning.

  • State brackets out Sunday

    On Sunday, shortly after 4 p.m., baseball and softball teams from across New Mexico will find out if and when they will play in the state tournaments.

    The New Mexico Activities Association’s selection and seeding show for both sports will reveal postseason brackets. The tournaments get under way this coming weekend, May 6 and 7, at campus sites of superior seeds.

    The remainder of the state tourneys play out May 11-14 in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

    For some, making state is not a matter of if.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May. 1, 2016

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 2:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •NMHU at CSU-Pueblo (DH), noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    •NMAA state tournament selection and seeding show
    Soccer
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 2 p.m., Montezuma
    Softball
    •NMAA state tournament selection and seeding show

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento Rivercats, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park

  • Council approves contracts for top officials

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve eight-month contracts for the city manager, city attorney, police chief and city clerk, but those contracts give the mayor and Council the option of terminating any of those employees without penalty to the city even if there is no cause.

    The contracts for City Manager Richard Trujillo, City Attorney H. Chico Gallegos, Police Chief Juan Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez all run through Dec. 31, 2016.

  • Senior Profile: Dream of flying comes true

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    As 5-year old Rey Herrera was playing and tumbling in the grass, he heard a strange noise above him. He looked up at the sky and was mesmerized by some sort of huge bird or beast. He didn’t know he was seeing an airplane that first time, but he knew that he wanted to be up there.

    Decades later, he did become a pilot. In the interval, his life has been focused on keeping other pilots safe as they soar above the clouds.

  • State outlines cuts to Medicaid provider rates

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Human Services Department has released an outline of proposed cuts to reimbursement rates for Medicaid health care providers aimed at trimming up to $160 million in annual state and federal spending.

    The proposal would rescind previous reimbursement increases to nearly 2,000 general physicians and trim payment rates to hospitals by between 3 percent and 8 percent.

  • CYFD hopes to increase childcare safety

    The cost of childcare in New Mexico is roughly $8,000 a year for an infant, according to the Economic Policy Institute report released earlier this month.

    The cost has many people struggling to make ends meet. According to the institute, a non-profit advocacy group for low- and middle-income citizens, the cost is higher than a year’s tuition at some in-state colleges.