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Today's News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Plague found in two N.M. pets
     
    SANTA FE — State health officials say plague being found in pets in northern New Mexico should be a warning that human cases could follow.

    The state Health Department confirmed plague this week in a dog in Santa Fe County. Lab tests also have confirmed plague cases in another Santa Fe County dog and a cat from Rio Arriba County near Abiquiu.

    They are the first cases of the year.

    No human plague cases have been confirmed.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Court rules against governor

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against Gov. Susana Martinez in a dispute with labor unions over the Public Employee Labor Relations Board.

    The court said the governor does not have authority to remove members from board and ordered the immediate reinstatement of two members who were removed by the governor in March.

    The governor’s office contends the court’s decision carves out an exception to existing law.

  • SM County receives funds

    Recycling is spreading across the State of New Mexico, thanks to $461,905 in grant funds from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition geared to create 25 rural recycling collection points across the Land of Enchantment.

  • Hospital seeking nominations

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is again seeking to honor one of its nurses through its annual Patient Choice Award program. This award recognizes the level of quality care, comfort and compassion offered by nurses each day.

    Continuing the tradition of the last few years, the hospital is asking for input from the community, and one nurse chosen from the nominations will receive the Patient Choice Award at Alta Vista Regional Hospital during Nurses’ Week, May 6 through 12.

  • Que Pasa - April 15, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Herff Jones will be at Robertson High School from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, April 15 at McFarland Hall Gym for final delivery of graduation orders. For more information, call Charlene Jiron at 454-5770 ext. 212.

  • Animal Race
  • Concert choir set to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir will perform ‘Brahms, White and Blue’ at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The first part of the concert features Highlands University music faculty member Linda King on piano performing Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor, opus 25 with a string quartet.

    Santa Fe musicians in the string quartet include Carol Hawkins, violin, Elena Sopoci, viola, and Dana Winograd, cello.

  • Holocaust discussion Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic
    How could the Holocaust have happened?  Why did it happen? Is there a possibility it could happen again?

    And in Challenging Our Inhumanity, can we prevent Holocausts and Genocide from happening to any group of human beings?

    In remembering the now-silent voices, the Las Vegas Jewish Community invites the public to join the first interfaith dialogue on the Holocaust or Shoah, the Hebrew word.

  • Noticias - April 15, 2011

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

    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Saturday’s “Jamboree for Japan” was a rousing success — and a lot of fun to boot. Members of First United Methodist Church, students from United World College and other volunteers organized various “booths” in the basement of the church for such things as how to make origami and paper lanterns, write haiku poems, use chopsticks, and more.

    And the $10 admission also got you a full meal. It was all to benefit Japanese people suffering after the effects of last month’s earthquake and tsunami.