Today's News

  • Alta Vista lays off workers

    In an effort to operate more efficiently, Alta Vista Regional Hospital eliminated nine positions in its business office last month, a hospital spokesperson has confirmed.

    The work that had been done by those individuals is now being handled out of state.

    “Like other hospitals across the country, we are looking at ways we can operate our hospital as efficiently as possible,” Alta Vista spokeswoman Linda Leyba said in an email.

  • Former Las Vegan wins Emmy

    The former Las Vegan, who used to rev up crowds at sporting events in the ‘90s, now has an even bigger reason to cheer.

    Ileana Gonzales, who works for TV stations in Seattle, received an Emmy award for “Use Your Seahawks Voice,” a promotion encouraging fans to support the world champion Seattle NFL team.

  • Audit shows long waits for patients

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — More than 1,000 veterans have been waiting three months or more for initial medical appointments within the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care system in New Mexico, according to the findings of an audit released Monday.

    The wide-ranging audit covered hundreds of VA hospitals and clinics across the country, including the medical center in Albuquerque where officials previously said more than 3,000 patients were assigned to a doctor who didn’t actually see them.

  • King airs hard-hitting ad

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrat Gary King is punching back in New Mexico’s race for governor with a television ad criticizing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s record in running state government.

    The ad began airing Tuesday and came in response to hard-hitting advertising by the Republican Governors Association against the Democratic nominee.

  • Looking Back - June 11, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, June 8 — The Cowboys Reunion and Rodeo queen contestants appeared on Dick Bills’ K Circle B. program on television this afternoon in Albuquerque. Making the trip to the Duke City were contestants Verna Pinkston, Sally Ball, Karen Dyche and Judy Scott.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 11, 2014

    Father’s Day lunch

       The lunch will begin at noon, on Sunday, June 15 at the Elks Lodge on Collins Drive. Fathers eat free, and others are $5. For more information, call 718-9345.

  • Weather - June 11, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming north 5-10 mph in the evening.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.


  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 11, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Project under way on NM 518

    The state Department of Transportation’s District 4 office and Qualcon, Inc. are advising motorists that a safety project is under way on NM 518 Sapello.
    Crews are removing and replacing a joint seal on the bridge Constructing is taking place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
    A one-lane closure is being set up. Minor traffic delays should be expected.

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  • QuÉ Pasa - June 11, 2014

    • Story time is over, but the Summer Reading Program is just around the corner. Registration is now open at Carnegie Public Library. Deadline to register is Friday, June 13. Come in and register. The program starts on Wednesday, June 18 and ends on Wednesday, July 16. Summer Reading Program participants meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to noon More information is available at Carnegie Library.