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  • Rodeo Club visit
  • Alta Vista Regional Hospital recognizes staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently recognized 25 employees for their years of service at its annual holiday party and service award banquet. Additionally, the 2012 Employee of the Year, Operational Director of the Year and Clinical Director of the Year were announced.

    Hospital staff who received their five-year service award were: Gloria Lopez, Ronell Montoya, Patricia Gallegos, Linda Salazar, Jerry Padilla, Dawn Chinn, Wilfred Tafoya, Zelda Garcia, Alyssa Wilson, Erica Encinias, Samuel Pekoc and Bruce Holmes.  

  • Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

    By Jim Kuhnhenn

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

    In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • The forces of nature hit 2012

    By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — From dry river beds to dusty pastures and raging wildfires, extreme drought dominated New Mexico headlines in 2012.

    Farmers, ranchers and water managers started 2012 hoping against all predictions that this would be the year the La Nina weather pattern responsible for pushing moisture from the state would finally subside. No luck. Just more hand-wringing as the first 11 months of the year marked the second driest on record, according to the National Weather Service.

  • The Greatest Gift - Coach’s generosity saved lives

    Fabian Trujillo dedicated his life to helping others, and even after death his legacy lives on. Trujillo’s floragraph will ride along a Donate Life float in the 124th annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day.

    Trujillo’s children and other relatives will also be helping create the float and participate in various events while in California. According to Trujillo’s sister-in-law, Debbie Trujillo, two deceased individuals from New Mexico will have their floragraph displayed along with 72 other such memorials.

  • County cell phone policy approved

    San Miguel County employees are no longer allowed to use cell phones while driving during working hours under an administrative policy approved by the San Miguel County Commission this month.

    Many municipalities, including the city of Las Vegas, already have ordinances making it illegal to use a cell phone while driving for all motorists, unless the driver has a hands-free device. San Miguel County’s new policy, however, takes it a step further, even prohibiting its employees from using cell phones with hands-free devices while driving.

  • Teen dies in crash

    A Wagon Mound High School student lost her life in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, the Mora County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

    Brandilyn Vigil, 15, a resident of Mora, died at the scene of the accident near Ocate. Sheriff Thomas Garza said his department is still investigating the crash.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 31, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Hiking fees being waived
    SANTA FE — New Mexico State Parks will be waiving fees at several parks on New Year’s Day and offering guided hikes as part of a national initiative to get people to start 2013 outdoors.
    The so-called First Day Hikes will be offered at Bottomless Lakes, Leasburg Dam, City of Rocks and Rockhound parks in southern New Mexico.
    Cerrillos Hills State Park near Santa Fe and Sugarite Canyon State Park in northeastern New Mexico will also be waiving fees and offering New Year’s Day hikes.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 31, 2012

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Jan. 2 —Following the completion of the “Stu” Clark basketball tournament, several of the late coach’s “boys” got together for a group photograph: Joe “Mayo” Armijo, West Las Vegas coach; Gilly Lopez, former Dons coach; Timmy Solano Jr., West Las Vegas athletic director; Tony Serna, West Las Vegas Junior High principal; Tony L. Lovato, Robertson High School coach; Dr. Bob Henry, Las Vegas dentist; Nick Di Domenico, Immaculate Conception School Coach; and Ernest Abreu, St. Michael’s High School coach.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 31, 2012

    Safe Ride Home service extended
    The San Miguel County Safe Ride Home service will extend its hours of operation during the holidays. Days of operation will include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area. Call 505-429-0336 for a ride.