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Today's News

  • In Brief - Education - Nov. 2, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Alabama leader to leave job
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  — The president of the University of Alabama said Wednesday he was quitting after less than two months in office because of his wife’s health.
    A statement released by the university quoted Guy Bailey as saying he made the decision to step down after “much discussion” with wife Jan Tillery-Bailey, but it didn’t disclose what sort of health issues she may be experiencing.

  • Promotion offers chance to win $1,000

    Once again, Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance is sponsoring the Cross the Bridge shopping promotion beginning Nov. 1 and running through Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to join in the effort to promote local shopping and to encourage a shift in shopping habits toward locally owned businesses.

  • Attorneys honored for providing free legal services to needy

    Several attorneys were honored at a luncheon last Friday for their work in providing free legal services to needy people in their community.

    Recognized at the event were David Silva, Suzanne Gaulin, Danelle Smith, Robert Sanchez, Craig Fretwell, Oneida L’Esperance, Wilma Brown, Martin Lopez, Art Bustos, Nick Leger, Judith Kilpatrick and Anna Aragon.

    New Mexico Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maes thanked local attorneys for their pro bono service in the 4th Judicial District, which covers San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

  • East making progress on audits

    Two-and-a-half years ago, as the Las Vegas City Schools District was grappling with scandal over the sexual relationship between former Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana and a student, the district was also dealing with cash management issues.

    During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010, the district didn’t have enough cash in its general fund to cover program overages. As a result, it ended up borrowing nearly $1.7 million from its Bond Building Fund to cover the shortfall.  

  • Vegan treats - Celebrity chef pushes healthy eating

    The smell of sautéed bell peppers, onions and garlic filled the air for a special cooking event on Monday evening.

    Celebrity chef Mark Anthony created a special vegan dinner for roughly 100. The event was held at Luna Community College.

    The menu included Southwest vegan cutlets, textured vegetable protein tacos, chile, watermelon and all the fixings.

    “It is very good and I’m going to try to make it at home,” said Dorothy Gonzales of Sapello.

  • Voters to decide two judge races

    Among the races voters in the Nov. 6 general election will decide are one for state Supreme Court justice and another for a Court of Appeals judge.

    The Supreme Court race pits Republican Paul Kennedy against Democrat Barbara Vigil. The Appeals Court race pits Republican J. Miles Hanisee against Democrat M. Monica Zamora.

    Kennedy and Hanisee are running as incumbents, having been selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill vacancies in the two courts.

  • MEChA hosting leadership event

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University MEChA is hosting the Difference: I AM Leadership Conference for college and high school students Friday and Saturday at Highlands.

    MEChA is a student organization at Highlands and stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán. This is the first time the annual I AM Leadership Conference has been offered at Highlands.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 31, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, Oct. 30. — During the week ending Saturday, the FFA Flight Service Station at the Las Vegas Airport reports the facility contacted 313 aircraft by radio, rendered 72 airport advisory services, had 34 flight plans filed, 34 pre-flight briefings made and 25 flight conditions messages sent.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 31, 2012

    Museum to hold Dia de los Muertos event

    The city of Las Vegas Museum will host a Dia de los Muertos event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Watch Martha Johnsen create an ofrenda as she explains its meanings and the messages. This event is free and open to all ages. For information, contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204.

  • Weather - Oct. 31, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 39. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon.  Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:22 a.m. to 6:06 p.m.