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  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Construction begins at park

    ALBUQUERQUE — Work is underway on a new pilots’ pavilion at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park.
    City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. They say the $2.3 million project is expected to be done in time for the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
    The 12,000-square-foot building is named after Sid Cutter, the founder of the fiesta.

  • Tourism boss to lead CYFD

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday announced another round of cabinet changes, including a shift that will have the state’s tourism chief leading the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

    Yolanda Deines, who has headed the agency for four years, will be stepping down. Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson will take her place.

  • Unions push to recruit immigrants

    By Sara Burnett
    The Associated Press

    CHICAGO — Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama’s recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally.

    Labor leaders say the president’s action, which curbs deportation and gives work permits to some 4 million immigrants, will give new protection to workers who have been reluctant to join for fear of retaliation.

  • Lovato gets 1 year in jail

    The Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges stemming from a  2013 alcohol related crash that left two young girls dead and several others injured will spend one year locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Celebrating Hanukkah
  • Montaño is new city police chief

    Heeding the recommendation of a vocal group of police officers and representatives of two city unions, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz formally appointed Commander Juan Montaño to the chief’s position at a special Council meeting on Monday.

    City Councilors voted unanimously to confirm the appointment and to approve the one-year, $67,687 contract for Montaño, who will take over for outgoing Chief Christian Montaño. The two are not related.

  • Decades of yuletide decorations

    Alvin and Charlene Jiron are in full Christmas spirit. Their South Pacific home, nestled within large trees, is fully decorated from wall to wall ­— a family tradition for three decades. Roughly 30 fully decorated Christmas trees, nutcrackers of all sizes, Santa figurines of various actions, and the smell of the holidays lingering in the air are what one sees when exploring the Jiron home.

  • Gov selects two as regents for HU

    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday nominated Las Vegas native LouElla Marr-Montoya to the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents.

    Also nominated for the Highlands board was Sandra Turner of Clovis, who is also an alumna of the university.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 24

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 24, 2014

    Flu shot clinics
    The New Mexico Department of Health is having ongoing walk-in flu clinics Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m. at the San Miguel Public Health Office, 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. There is no charge to those attending the clinics, but everyone should bring their insurance card with them.