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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead

    Interfaith talk on holocaust this Sunday

    Holocust survivors, representatives from local churches and others will take part in a discussion about the holocaust this weekend. The event will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

  • Weather

    Friday
    Mostly sunny. Highs in the 60s. West winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.Mostly clear at night. Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. South winds 10-15 mph.

    Saturday
    Partly cloudy. Breezy and warmer. Highs in the lower to mid 70s. Mostly clear at night. Breezy. Lows in the 30s to mid 40s.

    Sunday
    Partly cloudy. Breezy. Highs in the 70s. Partly cloudy at night. Breezy. Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the new restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Vegas woman wins $50,000

    Submitted to the Optic

    A second Las Vegas resident has won $50,000 by playing the lottery.

    Barbara Fernandez won the prize playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Triple 777” Scratcher.

    “I’ve been in disbelief until I got here,” Fernandez told officials at the lottery’s Albuquerque headquarters. She and her husband, George, claimed the prize in person on Monday.

  • Coca receives award

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University student Whitley Coca received a Distinction in Academic Writing Award for her essay, which was published in the university’s textbook, Cracking the Codes: A Guide to English Composition.

    Coca, a junior from Cimarron, wrote her Hurricane Katrina essay while taking freshman composition in 2009. A team of English faculty reviewed student essays and selected Coca’s for inclusion in the department’s latest English composition textbook that was published in 2010.

  • 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.