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Today's News

  • FYI - News - Nov. 16, 2011

    The San Miguel County Commission has designating this Friday as Wear Your Pearls Day in an effort to bring attention to November being lung cancer awareness month. The commission is also encouraging everyone to take part in a walk in support of all New Mexicans with lung cancer, beginning at 3 p.m. at the new county bike path on Cinder Road.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 16, 2011

    The Associated Press

    Student works to save species
    LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico State University student is earning degrees in conservation, ecology, biology and anthropology while trying to save an endangered species in Borneo.

    Twenty-two-year-old Zachary Brecheisen has traveled to the Southeast Asian island twice with a deep desire to help orangutans, which are losing their feeding grounds as the rainforest disappears.

  • Recycles Day event soon

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University recycling center will be open from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday for an America Recycles Day event, a joint project with the city of Las Vegas Keep America Beautiful Program.

    The event will also feature local art and furniture made of found objects. The first 100 recyclers who sign a pledge to recycle will receive a free in-home recycling bin donated by the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Program.

  • Gov. clarifies immigration past

    By Barry Massey and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family's ancestry and uncovered immigration documents she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were illegal immigrants.

  • SFCC president to retire

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College President Sheila Ortego says she will retire at the end of August 2012.

    Ortego said Monday she faces increasing responsibilities in caring for her elderly mother and will step down as college president because “this is a time I must put my family first.”

    She has served as president since 2006. She has held numerous faculty and administrative posts at the school since it was founded in 1983.

  • Community leaders to meet to discuss economic plan

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Friday, Nov. 18, a group of key community leaders will meet at Las Vegas City Council Chambers to begin developing a Strategic Economic Sustainability Plan for San Miguel County.

    The idea of bringing community leaders together to develop strategic planning initiatives originated as a result of the University of New Mexico Bureau of Economic Business Research Assessment for San Miguel County. The study identified the high number of active community groups that exist in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 16, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the U.S. Forest Service located at 1926 Seventh St. For information please call 425-9088.

  • ‘As one community’

    Members of the East and West school boards are to be commended for their comments last week in support of consolidating Las Vegas’ two school districts.

    Their words nudged the community toward a renewed discussion about what’s best for the city and its schools.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 16, 2011
  • Work of Art: An internal optometrist

    Is there a chance Americans just don’t read as much as they used to? And if they do, have their reading habits and choice of material changed significantly? And can we count the texting-pecking exchanges on iPhone keyboards as reading?
    I ask this question earnestly. At the moment I don’t have access to data to verify or contradict what I believe. In this case, I’m just asking.

    A Highlands professor I really respect, back in the days when we used to eat dinosaurs, Elmer Schooley, made a believer of me.