• Saiz promoted to commanding officer post

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    Lt. Commander J. Jacob Saiz was installed as the new commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in El Paso, Texas, during a change of commander ceremony on Jan. 10.

    Saiz is the grandson of Herman and Lucy Saiz of Las Vegas. His grandfather Herman — a decorated veteran of the Pacific Campaign — placed the command pin on his grandson’s uniform.

    Several family members, including parents John and Maria Saiz of Aztec, N.M., also attended. 

  • ‘Survivors’ documentary premieres Tuesday

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    British journalist, country music publicist, founder of the British Country Music Association and Hall of Fame member, Tony Byworth, has a fondness for the “real” Las Vegas.  Byworth will be in Las Vegas through Wednesday for a visit, a radio interview Tuesday morning, a luncheon at noon at El Riato Restaurant, and to help officiate at the premiere of a video series produced by local Jim Terr called “New Mexico Survivors,” interviews with four local residents regarding getting by in earlier times.

  • Illusion show
  • Fall clean-up
  • Story time
  • Fall Flight Festival under way

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    It’s fall again, and several refuge ponds currently have sufficient water to provide safe harbor for waterfowl; calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds.

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, will be open each of the first four Sundays in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4 1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. All events at the refuge are free.

  • Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A record number of employers will be at the Highlands University Career and Internship Fair for students and alumni from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The university’s Office of Career Services will host the fair, which is in the Student Union Building ballroom at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street.

  • Judges honor Fretwell and other attorneys at luncheon

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    Fourth Judicial District Judges Matthew Sandoval and Gerald Baca, along with Chief Judge Abigail Aragon, presented various certificates to attorneys during a luncheon last Friday at El Rialto Restaurant.

  • Creating the scene
  • Parachute Factory hosting two free and fun events

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    Parachute Factory, northern New Mexico’s leading makerspace, will host two free events for all ages on Friday and Sunday.
    On Halloween Friday), join Chapter 1063 of the Vietnam Veterans of America for a special holiday edition of Fixit Friday. Bring in whatever needs to be fixed. Veteran volunteers will be glad to help.

    Friday’s event takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the factory, located at 166 Bridge St.