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  • 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.

  • Native to talk about filmmaking at NMHU

    Erik Howell, 27, is giving back to his community. In July, Howell, a Las Vegas native, held a screening of his film and today (Wednesday) he will speak with New Mexico Highlands University students about filmmaking. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the NMHU Media Arts Building Room 100, Howell will show attendees one short film and tidbits of some of his other film productions. Immediately following the showings, Howell will be available for a question and answer session.

  • More elections around corner

    Between last week’s general election and the primary and the two municipal elections held earlier this year, one might think that elections are done with for a few years. Not so fast.

    The West Las Vegas School Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve an election for two school board seats, for a school bond and for a capital improvements tax on Feb. 5. Other area schools boards will soon be scheduling their elections as well.

    At West, school board members Christine Ludi and David Romero hold the two seats up for election.

  • Paws and Stripes - $4K raised for veterans program

    A different kind of veterans service program took center stage Thursday at a fundraiser in the Plaza Hotel, thanks to a Las Vegas native who now practices law in Houston.

    The program is called Paws and Stripes and it was co-founded by Iraq war veteran James Stanek. Based in Rio Rancho, the program takes shelter dogs and places them with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The rescued canines are trained, with the veteran’s help, to act as service dogs for the veterans.

  • Social Security office will be closing earlier

    Submitted to the Optic

    Effective Nov. 19, New Mexico Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.  In addition, beginning Jan. 2, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.