Noticias-Dec. 8, 2010

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• The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. However, the service will be unavailable on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, In observance for the New Year, the service will be operating from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, through Saturday, Jan. 1. Call 429-0336 for service.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters is raffling a red 2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited with sunroof, leather seats, 3,500 miles, provided by NM Auto Wholesalers. The drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $100. Only 300 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in San Miguel and Mora counties. For more information, call 426-8510.
• The Holiday Pecan Sale by the Greater Las Vegas Lions Club is under way to raise funds for grants to qualified residents of San Miguel and Mora Counties to pay for eye exams and glasses. New crop pecans — chocolate coated, roasted, cinnamon glazed, caramel clusters, log rolls, toffee coated pecans and popcorn, plain pecans, walnuts and giant cashews — in gift bags, boxes, and tins, are available at Shoes ‘n Boots on Seventh Street near Mills Avenue. Prices begin at just $3. Call the Lions at 426-1606 if you want the group to bring the goods to your home or business. The club is offering discounts for case purchases.
• The Northeast Regional Education Cooperative, based out of New Mexico Highlands University, is recruiting recent area high school dropouts. If you are a recent dropout and are interested in taking free online courses to complete your diploma, contact Student Outreach Specialist Lorenzo E. Márquez at 426-2232. There are currently 59 courses offered from IDEAL-NM. The courses are all taught online by New Mexico certified teachers. Current high school students wishing to take credit recovery courses, advanced placement courses or select electives may also qualify.
• DVDs of Robertson High School’s 2010 graduation are available for purchase. For more information, call the school’s office at 454-5770, ext. 212, or 429-2897. Proceeds of the sale will go to the 2011 graduating class.
• Volunteers are needed for Girl Scouts to start troops and help girls become more confident and build character. For more information, call Loretta Armijo at (505) 983-6339, ext.12, or e-mail larmijo@gs-nmtrails.org.
• Flu shots are available from 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday and 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. every Thursday at the Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth, 501 Seventh St.  
• Volunteers are needed at Vida Encantada nursing home to help with activities on Tuesday mornings. If you are able to donate your time, call Sheena Galla at 425-9362.
• Highlands University’s counseling department is offering counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the counseling profession. Call 454-3564 for more information or to make an appointment. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the counseling department’s training professor. The sessions are offered 3-6 p.m. Thursdays.
• The Parent Support Group meeting for Children with Disabilities meets 6-7 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month at Pathways Therapy Services at 2002 Hot Springs Blvd. Participants can discuss with other parents topics such as IEPs, different types of therapy, advocacy training, behavior management and resources in the community. All are welcome and do not have to be receiving therapy services at Pathways to attend the meetings. For more information, call Raychel Hosch at 426-7466, e-mail radhosch@hotmail.com or visit pathwaystherapy.wordpress.com.
• The San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council is seeking nominations of interested and committed volunteers for membership. Call Yolanda Cruz, coordinator, at 425-9770 or 617-0483 or e-mail smhealthcouncil@desertgate.com for more information. The council meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 9-11a.m. The council’s priorities are substance abuse, access to care, interpersonal violence and diabetes-obesity.
• Jessica Ortiz’s apartment was damaged in a fire July 1 at 2201 Collins Drive. An account for donations has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank under Jessica Ortiz. For more information, call 425-3069.
• The Mora Valley Farmers Market is 3:30-6 p.m. Fridays at the parking lot of Mora Valley Ranch Supply Store.
• The United Community Soup Kitchen of the First United Methodist Church at the corner of Eighth Street and National Avenue is open serving meals from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays.
• A bank account has been set up at Bank of Las Vegas to help pay the medical expenses for Madison Holly, the 9-year-old girl who was hit by a car on First Street recently.
• A nonprofit organization has started a community farmers market and artists market. It will be off Interstate 25 and N.M. Highway 3, exit 323. All products are grown and made in the small communities in the Valley. For more information, call (575) 421-8060.
• The state of New Mexico has a Working Disabled Individuals Program. Do you have a disability? Are you working or considering work? Do you need health insurance? If you have any questions or interest in this program, call 718-8843 or 1-800-997-2583.
• Samaritan House provides shelter, food and other services to local homeless people. The group is looking for volunteers to help staff its shelter. For more information, call (575) 613-0100.
• Drivers in New Mexico can show their Cowboy pride with the new Highlands University license plate available through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The new plate will cost $37 plus the cost of registration. Of the purchase, $25 is given to the university. Highlands supporters across the state can order the plate via mail order by filling out the revised application for collegiate registration plate form available through the Motor Vehicle Department.
• The service road that runs east-west between the entrance and parking lot of the Elks Lodge on Collins Drive and directly behind the Kocina de Rafael will be permanently closed to all through traffic. After more than 10 years of requests by past and present officers and members of the Elks Lodge, the city of Las Vegas approved the closure of the service road to all through traffic after sufficient data was provided showing that the traveling public using the service road to access businesses off the Seventh Street corridor was posing a danger to all pedestrians in the immediate area.
• Volunteers are needed at the city’s animal shelter. Go by the shelter at 1700 N. Grand Ave. (behind City Hall) and fill out a volunteer application.
• The office for the San Miguel County manager and county commissioners has moved to 500 W. National Ave, Suite 200. That is also the mailing address.
• CASA is now seeking volunteers. CASA is an organization of highly trained volunteers who advocate for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. The majority of these children are in foster care. The CASA volunteer meets with the child at school or at the foster home to determine what is in the best interests of the child and makes recommendations to the District Court judge. For more information, call CASA at 454-0223 and ask for Chuck Searcy, executive director, or Barbara Casey, assistant director.