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  • Book: Petraeus urged to quit

    By Kimberly Dozier
    AP Intelligence Writer

    WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus was urged to resign as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career.

  • Unemployment claims rise

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of decline.

    Even with the gain, applications remained at a level consistent with modest hiring. And the broader trend over the past month suggests job growth could pick up further in the new year.

    Weekly applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • Two crowned as Miss Las Vegas and Miss San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kayla Gonzales, 18, won the title of Miss Las Vegas 2012 and DeAnna Jerge, 18, won the title of Miss San Miguel County 2012 at the 10th Annual Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Scholarship Pageant.

    The pageant was earlier this month at West Las Vegas High School.

    Gonzales attends New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. She sang “Better in Time” by Leona Lewis for her talent. She will promote a platform of Juvenile Diabetes “Fighting for a Cure” as Miss Las Vegas.

  • ‘Processed’ school foods criticized

    Las Vegas City School board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco took a stand for healthful meals during a recent board meeting. She was the only “no” vote to award contracts for cafeteria food service products to several vendors.

    In doing so, she said she wants fewer processed items being served to the district’s students.

  • Santuario de Chimayo

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    CHIMAYO — They come in pain and in prayer, seeking cures and a cup of sand from a tiny adobe church called Chimayó.

  • Chief: HU police keeping log after all

    The chief of the New Mexico Highlands University police department  says that, although he hadn’t been aware of it until recently, his department had been maintaining a federally required crime blotter.

    Chief Donato Sena said a dispatcher is in the process of going through the log to ensure that it is complete.

    University officials had previously said that the blotter wasn’t being kept under Sena but that it had been kept under the previous police chief’s administration.

  • Highlands program gets accreditation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The clinical psychology/counseling master’s program at New Mexico Highlands University received accreditation in November from the Masters Psychology Accreditation Council.

    Nationwide, only about 22 universities are accredited by the council, the sole accrediting entity in the United States for master’s degree programs in psychology.

    The American Psychological Association accredits only doctoral programs.

  • County seeks funds for roadways

    Recent snow, rain and freezing temperatures have left a number of county roads in bad shape, prompting the San Miguel County Commission to approve a disaster declaration.

    Commissioners unanimously approved the declaration at their board meeting last week.

    The declaration states that extensive damage was suffered by county roads in Gonzales Ranch, Aurora, Cerrito, Sacatosa, Leyba, Trujillo and in Sabinoso.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Couple pays off layaway items

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Secret Santa and Mrs. Claus have given a dozen military families in Albuquerque a very special Christmas gift by paying off layaway lists that included toys for children.

    Marie Vigil, manager of the Kirtland Air Force Base’s store, told KOAT that a retired military couple who wanted to remain anonymous walked into the base’s store over the weekend and paid off the lists of 12 families.

  • Analysts see stocks and risks up in ‘12

    By Bernard Condon
    AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK — The good news is that Wall Street experts think stock prices will rise more than 10 percent next year. The bad news is that they expected big gains in 2011 and got nearly zero instead.

    It’s forecasting time on Wall Street, and once again the pros are trying to predict the unpredictable. History suggests their target price for stocks by the end of 2012 will prove too high or too low. They might even get the direction wrong — predicting a gain when there’s a loss.