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Noticias - Feb. 11, 2011

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• A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

• Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth Street. For more information, call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico office at 505-292-7414.

• The Grand Avenue project was suspended on Friday, Dec. 17 and construction operations will resume in March 2011 contingent on winter weather according to NMDOT District Four and Fisher Sand & Gravel. For more information, call Anthony Martinez, project manager, at 454-3690 or Kenny Lujan, District Four public information officer, at 617-5900.

• The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service new hours of operation. Our service will now operate Wednesday through Saturday from 8  p.m. to 2:30  a.m.  For service, call 429-0336.

• The Northeast Regional Education Cooperative, based out of New Mexico Highlands University, is recruiting recent area high school dropouts. If you are a recent dropout and are interested in taking free online courses to complete your diploma, contact Student Outreach Specialist Lorenzo E. Márquez at 426-2232. There are currently 59 courses offered from IDEAL-NM. The courses are all taught online by New Mexico certified teachers. Current high school students wishing to take credit recovery courses, advanced placement courses or select electives may also qualify.

• DVDs of Robertson High School’s 2010 graduation are available for purchase. For more information, call the school’s office at 454-5770, ext. 212, or 429-2897. Proceeds of the sale will go to the 2011 graduating class.

• The United Community Soup Kitchen at the First United Methodist Church at Eighth Street and National Avenue is open serving meals from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays.

• Samaritan House provides shelter, food and other services to local homeless people. The group is looking for volunteers to help staff its shelter. For more information, call (575) 613-0100.

• Volunteers are needed for Girl Scouts to start troops and help girls become more confident and build character. For more information, call Loretta Armijo at (505) 983-6339, ext.12, or e-mail larmijo@gs-nmtrails.org.

• Flu shots are available from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at the Las Vegas Clinic for Children & Youth, 501 Seventh St.  

• Volunteers are needed at Vida Encantada nursing home to help with activities on Friday  mornings. If you are able to donate your time, call Sheena Galla at 425-9362.

• Highlands University’s counseling department is offering counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the counseling profession. Call 454-3564 for more information or to make an appointment. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the counseling department’s training professor. The sessions are offered 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

• The San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council is seeking nominations of interested and committed volunteers for membership. Call Yolanda Cruz, coordinator, at 425-9770.