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Today's News

  • Complex remains school's property

    An $11.5 million multipurpose educational complex remains Luna Community College’s top priority for funding.

    This week, the college’s Board of Trustees approved a five-year capital projects plan. The college has been trying to secure money for the complex for five years, and it’s now $4 million away from getting all the funding, as long as voters statewide pass a general obligation bond in November.

  • Hospital ordered to negotiate

    In its struggle with Alta Vista Regional Hospital, a union has won every single legal battle since the spring of 2007. Last week, that win streak continued.

    The National Labor Relations Board, in a June 30 opinion, ordered the private hospital to bargain with District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. The agency has ruled that the hospital had broken federal law by refusing to sit down with labor.

    The decision was in response to the union’s filing of an unfair labor practices complaint.

  • Woman acquires sculpted body

    The shedding of 20 percent of one’s body weight can be daunting, but when such a loss, for a woman who stands at five-feet, is planned, then it’s called “training.”

    The statistics for Felicia Armijo: 21 years old; five feet tall; previous weight, 117 pounds; current weight, six months later, 97.

    Felicia, the twin of Francheska and older sister to Seth, 15, Victoria, 13, and Darian, 12, is the daughter of Darren and Darlene Armijo of Las Vegas.

  • Fear

    Theres something about thunder that excites me. It reminds me of when I was little and I used to scream at every loud boom and hide under the table. Or of when my family would be driving somewhere and I would count the seconds between each flash of lightning, to figure out how close it was.

  • Times publisher pleads guilty

    Las Vegas newspaper publisher Chris Lopez pleaded guilty Tuesday to graffiti in connection with the vandalizing of an Optic employee’s car.

    Lopez entered into a plea agreement to a reduced charge of unauthorized graffiti in Magistrate Court. He was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service at the city’s solid waste department, donate $100 to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Crime Stoppers organization and pay a fine of $500, which was deferred.

    Lopez was also given a 180-day deferred jail term and ordered to pay $67 in court costs.

  • Historian's book chronicles West

    In a career spanning more than 40, writer, radio producer and aural historian Jack Loeffler has turned sound—human voices, as well as manmade, natural and mechanical sounds of all types—into history.

    In his new book, Survival Along the Continental Divide: An Anthology of Interviews, Jack Loeffler enlists the voices and ideas of a dozen leading regional scholars and activists to create a lively and enlightening look at the complex forces that have shaped the way New Mexicans define their communities and themselves.

  • Birthing beautiful hope

    The Immaculate Heart of Mary bursts into leaping orange flame next to the sword-pierced heart of her resurrected Son. A twisted ring of thorns presses into Mary’s flesh, transmitting the pain a Mother breathes for her child. Jesus’ heart stands behind His mother, a silent sentry promising rest.

  • Ghost stories and signs of the times

    Local artist and photographer Marisol Macias sees ghosts. Well, in the eye of her imagination, at least.

    A collection of Macias’ work, titled “Ghost signs, Ghost Stories,” is on exhibit at Highland University’s Ray Drew Gallery from July 12 through Aug. 10.

  • Police: Man had crack in his car

    A man who was arrested in June on a drug trafficking charge has found himself in hot water less than a month later, police said.

    According to a criminal complaint, a Las Vegas police officer stopped Walter Padilla, 52, 410 Perez St., Saturday afternoon. Padilla was in a car parked near the north entrance of the Inn of Las Vegas; an open bottle of beer in the car was in plain view, police said.

  • Campos takes Luna's reins

    Pete Campos has been on the job for a week and is settling into his new job as the president of Luna Community College.

    “Change is going to come through the teachings, and the teachings that I bring are going to be the daily lessons of patience, discovery and observations,” said Campos, a state senator and former superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools.