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Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 11, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Gov pushes for more nurses
    PORTALES — Nurses practicing in New Mexico who want to continue their professional development would be eligible for financial assistance from the state under a proposal announced by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Martinez detailed the proposal Friday during a visit to Eastern New Mexico University.
    By expanding the nursing loan-for-service program, she says the state’s health care workforce would be bolstered.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 11, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Veterans and guest breakfast, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Elks Lodge on Collins Drive. For more information, call Elvie at 505-718-9345.
    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
    • Grand opening of the Veterans Student Resource Center, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the LCC Student Services Building boardroom 101. Refreshments will be served.

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  • Trudell’s documentary shown at Indian Film Festival

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Tara Trudell’s documentary narrative film Poem Home screened at the 38th annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco earlier this month.

    The festival is the oldest and most prominent media showcase of its kind in the world. Filmmakers whose work is selected to screen at the festival earn the coveted film laurels that Trudell may now display on all her future films.

  • Noticias - Nov. 11, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • A lesson for us all

    If you’ve watched the television news in the past few days or picked up a newspaper, you likely know about Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks’ troubles.

    Brooks and state Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera have traded barbs regularly in recent years. At the heart of their dispute is disagreement over how to reform schools in this state.

    But Brooks crossed the line last week when he posted comments on his Twitter account comparing Skandera to a farm animal.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 11, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Let’s serve veterans as well as they have served us

    During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

    More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

  • Bowl half empty - Cardinals rout Dons 53-0 in game called at halftime

    In probably the fastest Vegas Bowl in the 55-year history of the game, Robertson (5-5) bombarded West Las Vegas 53-0 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    The game was called to a halt at halftime due to the New Mexico Activities Association’s mercy rule requiring games to be stopped once the margin hits 50, provided at least two quarters have been played.

  • Cowboys earn trip to NCAA Division II nationals; Highlands women all set personal bests

    New Mexico Highlands is headed to the national championship meet in men’s cross country.

    Bob DeVries’ Cowboys finished sixth in Saturday’s NCAA Division II South Central Regional to corral the last qualifying team spot at nationals.

    Highlands senior Henrique Chavez finished 18th individually, completing the longer-than-usual 10-kilometer course in 31:06 to earn All-Region honors.