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Today's News

  • Gala silent auction offers enticing variety

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    An enticing variety of items ranging from art pieces from nationally known and local artists to travel lodging are featured in the silent auction for the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars. The approximate retail value of the auction items to date is $40,000.

    The gala is a scholarship-fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands University President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary.

  • Las Vegas Hosting Rural Alliance Forum this week

    Las Vegas is hosting the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum scheduled  from Wednesday through Friday at the Plaza Hotel.

    The New Mexico Rural Alliance, in collaboration with the State Economic Development Department schedules this conference each spring to update statewide community leaders about state, regional and federal economic development initiatives specific to rural development.

    Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela will deliver the keynote address.

  • In Brief - Local News - April 16, 2012

    City administration touts ‘clean audit’

    The city of Las Vegas announced last week that the audit covering the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, has been completed, and that the city received a “clean opinion.”

    The audit has yet to be made public by the state auditor’s office. But according to a statement issued by the city last week, the audit contains nine audit findings, though none of them were deemed by auditors to be material weaknesses, the most serious type of finding.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 15 — In memory of her late husband, Mrs. Henry Goke has presented to the New Mexico Normal University a handsome office safe. This was delivered to the office of the Normal this morning. Mrs. Goke intends to have the safe inscribed at once. Mrs. Goke, whose Las Vegas residence is adjoining the Normal grounds, always took a keen interest in the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 16, 2012

    Don’t forget to vote

    If you’re a registered city voter and you haven’t already cast a ballot in the city’s runoff election, Tuesday is your last chance. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Facing off in the mayoral race are Tonita Gurule-Giron and Alfonso Ortiz. Ward 3 voters will also decide between Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey.

  • Weather - April 16, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. West wind 5 -15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42.

  • Domínguez retires from Los Alamos laboratory

    Submitted to the Optic

    Martín V. Domínguez who has been the Labor Relations Program Manager/Group Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory since Dec. 1, 2008, retired late last month.

    He has been responsible for negotiating and administering 14 collective bargaining agreements with more than a dozen building and construction trade unions; facilitating labor arbitrations, grievance mediations, and responding to Federal and State agencies on employment and labor relations claims.

  • Que Pasa - April 16, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • The Wealth of Water: Short Term Gains vs. Long Term Opportunity, presented by Miguel Santistevan, a native of Taos, 4 p.m. children presentation, 5 p.m. adult and children presentation, 6:30 p.m. free tamales and refreshments with the documentary showing of “Gasland” on Monday, April 16 at Tapetes de Lana in Mora. Sponsored by Mora Democracy School Committee. For more information, contact the MDSC at 575-387-5485.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Noticias - April 16, 2012

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

    • The Las Vegas Optic is updating its noticias.  Organizations are asked to resubmit their submissions to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com. For questions, call 425-6796 ext. 239.

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

  • Voting in the runoffs

    We anticipate, on the eve of Las Vegas’ first runoff election, that the turnout will be low. Most runoffs in other locales turn out fewer voters than the election that preceded them, and that’s likely to be the case here in Las Vegas.