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  • Groups host veterans job fair

    The Associated Press

    More than five dozen businesses will be looking for military veterans to fill more than 3,500 jobs at a special job fair this week.
    The annual Heroes Hiring Heroes Job Fair will be Thursday at Hotel Albuquerque.

    The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the state labor department and the New Mexico Veterans’ Business Outreach Center are among the sponsors.

    State officials say jobs ranging from managerial and technical positions to white- and blue-collar positions are available.

  • Amnesty International gathers to Remember Victims of Torture
  • Refuge system setting goals for next decade

    Submitted to the Optic

    Steve Reichert, president of the local Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, is  among 1,200 professionals and citizen conservationists who will attend a conference on “Conserving the Future.”

  • Looking Back - July 13, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 12 — Only 26 days stood between Pedro Robertte, a convict employed with the road gang at Tecolote, and complete liberty. He went about his work joyously, in the belief that soon he would be privileged to lay aside the garb of the felon and return once more to the walks trodden by free men. But such was not to be...  Robertte was stricken dead by a bolt of lightning and his suddenly-granted liberty was the liberation of his soul from his body.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 13, 2011

    Friendship Caravan to make Vegas stop

    The 22nd Friendship Caravan to Cuba will visit Las Vegas from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at Tapetes de Lana on the Plaza. For more information, call 454-6771.

  • Weather - July 13, 2011

    Wednesday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 60.

    Friday

  • FYI - News

    A public forum to address the vandalism at the Jewish and Masonic cemeteries will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave. The forum will include a report from city police, time to hear from and respond to families affected and a discussion on furthering the well-being and unity of our city.

  • Pediatric clinic under new hospital ownership

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently acquired the Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth, now named the Alta Vista Clinic for Children and Youth, the largest pediatric group in Northeastern New Mexico.

    Medical providers Nancy Wright, M.D., Robin Edward, M.D., and Jeff Webb, PA-C, are now affiliated with Alta Vista Regional Hospital. In addition, AVRH has welcomed Jennifer Chittum, M.D., to the practice.  

  • Gov. pledges water help

    Gov. Susana Martinez and a host of other federal, state and local officials were on hand Thursday afternoon for a ceremonial groundbreaking and signing of two projects that will help the city with its dire water situation.

    “You have the commitment of the governor’s office to fight hard to make sure you have the water that is necessary to live comfortably in your homes and in your businesses,” Martinez told more than 100 people gathered at Plaza Park for the event.

  • City Schools hierarchy revealed

    The administration of the Las Vegas City Schools district is starting to come together, and it appears that longtime administrator LeeEtte Quintana will no longer have a role in the district.

    On Saturday night, interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez announced several key positions on her administrative team.

    She said the positions were offered and the applicants accepted their new positions. Lydia Flores will keep her current title as director of bilingual and federal programs — a position she has held for the past few years.