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Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Construction begins at park

    ALBUQUERQUE — Work is underway on a new pilots’ pavilion at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park.
    City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. They say the $2.3 million project is expected to be done in time for the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
    The 12,000-square-foot building is named after Sid Cutter, the founder of the fiesta.

  • Tourism boss to lead CYFD

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday announced another round of cabinet changes, including a shift that will have the state’s tourism chief leading the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

    Yolanda Deines, who has headed the agency for four years, will be stepping down. Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson will take her place.

  • Unions push to recruit immigrants

    By Sara Burnett
    The Associated Press

    CHICAGO — Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama’s recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally.

    Labor leaders say the president’s action, which curbs deportation and gives work permits to some 4 million immigrants, will give new protection to workers who have been reluctant to join for fear of retaliation.

  • Deadline coming up for school of ed. scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University School of Education is offering tuition and textbook scholarships to teachers to pursue online master’s degrees in education. The scholarship deadline is Jan. 5.

    The scholarships are earmarked for teachers admitted to the School of Education’s graduate programs in curriculum and instruction, rehabilitation counseling, and special education.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 26, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • Abe Montoya Recreation Center holiday hours, closed on Friday, Dec. 26; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28.
    • City of Las Vegas Transfer Station holiday schedule, closed through Saturday, Dec. 27. For more information, call 426-3217.

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • Third Annual Sobriety Ball, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27 at Charlie’s Bakery and Cafe banquet hall. For more information, call 425-2687 or 505-671-5846.

  • Noticias - Dec. 26, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 26, 2014

    THUMBS UP! PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH AT HIGHLANDS
    We applaud the Highlands University Board of Regents for the manner in which it is conducting the search for its next president. Regents decided last week to appoint a 13-member search committee to screen applicants and come up with a more manageable pool of applicants for the board. Regents will then conduct interviews and ultimately decide who will be the university’s next president. Regents appointed Doyle Daves to lead that search committee, and that was a wise choice. We wish the committee luck in its work.

  • Editorial cartoons - Dec. 26, 2014
  • Just a Thought - Setting off a catalytic reaction

    By Rick Kraft

    Do you bring about positive change in the life you live? When you go to bed at night, is the world a better place than it was when you woke up because of some action or actions you took during the day?

    Do you have the ability to take a negative thrown at you and respond with a positive? Are you able to bring about positive change to those around you without yourself being consumed?

    Maybe you are a catalyst. Maybe you are a catalyst for change.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 26, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Houston Chronicle on the border being more secure than it was a decade ago (Dec. 17):
    Texas Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw said recently his agency will install 4,000 cameras along the Rio Grande, the state’s 1,254-mile border with Mexico, as part of the ongoing “border surge” against illegal immigration.