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Today's News

  • State government shifting to online job applications

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico state government has shifted to an online system to sort through job applicants in an effort to save money and managers’ time.

    The state transferred to the new system for handling people seeking state jobs on Nov. 1. The system screens applicants for qualifications and delivers the top 15 candidates to hiring managers.

  • Wedding Bells
  • Advisers present workshop

    Submitted to the Optic

    Six outstanding New Mexico Highlands University peer advisers presented a workshop at the New Mexico Association of Student Affairs Professional Symposium earlier this month in Albuquerque.

    The peer advisers competed with public college students from throughout New Mexico for the honor to present their workshop titled, “What’s Your Story?” It’s one they present to fellow students on the Highlands University campus.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 28, 2011

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR
    • Holiday Pecan Sale by the Greater Las Vegas Lions Club is once again underway to raise funds to help qualified residents of San Miguel County pay for eye exams and glasses. See the full selection at Shoes ‘n Boots on Seventh Street near Mills through December. Prices begin at $3.Call 454-8095 for dates of special one-day sales locations around town.

  • Noticias - Nov. 28, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.
    com

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • Mayoral standards

    Councilor Andrew Feldman’s decision not to run for Las Vegas mayor adds a new dimension to next year’s municipal election. Or, more precisely, it takes away a dimension, since the no-nonsense, intelligent Feldman would have been a real contender. And since Mayor Alfonso Ortiz continues to insist that he’s not running, it’s a wide open question as to who will lead this city in 2012.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 28, 2011
  • Editor's Note: Doctors and lawyers

    It was 1992. Months earlier, my first daughter had been born, and life was good. I had a reporter’s job at a weekly newspaper and, after a scare in the first days of Amy’s life, we were raising a healthy baby.

    Looking back at that time, we had so much more than we realized.

    What we didn’t have, however, was money.

  • A Christmas gift for NBA fans

    By Brian Mahoney
    AP Basketball Writer

    NEW YORK  — With a Christmas Day tripleheader on everyone’s wish list and a tentative labor agreement in place, NBA owners and union officials went back to work Saturday, relaying details of the deal with hopes of cementing it quickly.

    After a 149-day lockout that ultimately will cost the league approximately a half-billion dollars in losses, a marathon bargaining session produced a handshake agreement earlier in the day — actually, just a few hours before daybreak.

  • Dons split first two games

    Taking down visiting Peñasco by six and then pushing Wingate in a five-point loss on the road, the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team has officially opened the Ernie Rodriguez Era with a promising start.

    The Dons’ debut under their new head coach came Wednesday evening as they beat Peñasco 64-58 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Jordan Lopez led West with 21 points.

    Lopez’s steal and subsequent layup, followed by a defensive stop and a free throw by Benny Salinas capped a 7-0 start to the game for WLV.