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  • In Brief - News - Nov. 16, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Coin flip could settle tied race
    LAS CRUCES — A tie in a race for a New Mexico House of Representatives seat could end up being broken by a coin flip or other game of chance.
    The race between Democrat Joanne Ferrary and incumbent Republican Terry McMillan for the 37th District seat ended with an even split of more than 12,000 votes.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that if a recount leaves the race still even New Mexico law requires a game of chance be used as a tie-breaker.

  • Bealls among stores open Thanksgiving night

    Wal-Mart isn’t the only store inviting shoppers to start their Black Friday shopping early.

    Bealls Department Store will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, giving shoppers an early opportunity to take advantage of deals and giveaways typically reserved for Black Friday, according to a news release from the store’s parent company.

    Bealls will re-open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday with additional door busters and giveaways.

  • Odor forces evacuation, again

    A mysterious rotten-egg odor once again prompted the evacuation of Memorial Middle School on Monday, the second time in six days that the Las Vegas City Schools District has resorted to the extraordinary measure.

    Several students complained on Monday that the odor was giving them headaches and stomach aches, and one staff member even went home sick. Some even called their parents to pick them up; however, only one student met with the school nurse, according to Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez.

  • Electoral Success - Vegas native wins Sandoval post

    It was her first time running for elected office, and her Republican opponent was a seasoned politician.

    To top it off, Laura M. Montoya didn’t even have the hometown advantage. The Las Vegas native was running for treasurer in Sandoval County.

    Despite those obstacles, Montoya went to work knocking on doors and courting tribal officials.

    The hard work paid off on Election Day, when Montoya, a Democrat, won a four-year term as Sandoval County treasurer.

  • Alta Vista loses appeal on union

    The U.S. Court of Appeals has shot down Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s attempt to nullify the vote taken by its employees more than five years ago to form a union.

    In fact, the 13-page opinion — issued by a three judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit on Nov. 2 — ridicules the hospital’s arguments, characterizing them as a stall tactic.

    The case was called San Miguel Hospital Corporation, petitioner v. National Labor Relations Board, respondent.

  • Recycling events on tap for Thursday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is holding its second annual America Recycles Day celebration in partnership with the city of Las Vegas at 10 a.m. this Thursday.

    The university’s recycling center is at Ninth and Raynolds, west of the university’s Wilson Complex and behind the tennis courts parking lot.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 14, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, Nov. 8 — There will be skating on the scenic pond in the Gallinas Canyon this winter, thanks to the actions of a group of interested persons. Prompted by the apparent loss of what has been described as “one of the most beautiful skating ponds anywhere,” a meeting was arranged for Wednesday night, at which the Las Vegas Skating Assn, Inc.,  was formed. Some 40 persons attended.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 14, 2012

    ‘The Kite’ to be shown today at Mission
    As part of International Education Week, the United World College  presents “The Kite,” a film directed by Randa Chahai Sabbag, at 7:15 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Old Town Mission, 1413 Chavez St. The event is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a discussion. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided.

  • Weather - Nov. 14, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

  • Correction - Nov. 14, 2012

    A story in last Friday’s Optic erroneously reported the number of children that veteran Roberto Garcia has. He has three children.