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Today's Features

  • 1891
    29th New Mexico Legislative Assembly enacts the Public School Law of 1891, creating the territory’s first comprehensive public school system.

    Feb. 11, 1893
    Public School Law signed by Territorial Gov. L. Branford Prince, creating normal schools in Las Vegas and Silver City.

    Oct. 4, 1897
    Edgar Lee Hewett hired as the first president of the New Mexico Normal School in Las Vegas (which would later become New Mexico Highlands University); Hewett’s first day on the job was July 1, 1898.

  • The nickname “Cowboys” was adopted by the New Mexico Normal University faculty athletic committee and student council as the official name of the athletic teams in February 1930.

    Before then, the school used the name “Tigers.” Through the efforts of alumnus S. Omar Barker, the name was changed.

    Barker, a distinguished Western writer who lived in Las Vegas, asked, “Cannot the University contrive to discover some team name that would have the pungency of local and Southwestern significance, some name that would be unique?

  • Fifty years from now, Highlands students, faculty and staff will  dig up a time capsule set to be buried near the recently completed student center.

    The capsule is filled with mementos and memorabilia, everything from photos and videos to a recent Optic and a camera card with photos taken this week. Items from this weekend’s birthday celebration will also be added before it’s buried next week.

  • TODAYHOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Whooo’s Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost?”  by Kay Winters. Free and open to the public.
    • New Mexico Highlands University Homecoming festivities, 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Time Capsule Ceremony, student center, capsule will be opened up in 2063; and 2:30 p.m. roadway to Perkins Stadium stenciling, meet in front of the Stu Clark Building.

  • WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Whooo’s Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost?”  by Kay Winters. Free and open to the public.

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    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i 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.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i 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.

  • TODAY HOY
    • West Las Vegas High School Homecoming festivities, Green-and-gold day on Friday, Oct. 11 with parade line-up at noon and the parade at 1 p.m.
    • Make Me a Celebrity city concert registration takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at Playerz Video Games at 1606 Seventh St. Open to middle, high and college students in Las Vegas. For more information, call 505-603-9225.

  • Those who travel on State Highway 518 north of Mora will view a giant tin man in front of the Cleveland Bar. On closer observation, he shows that he is made only of oil cans of all sizes and shapes.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Tuesday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Wednesday
    6:30 p.m. — Mora 4-H meeting, Helping Hands Inc.
    Thursday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Pecos, home, junior varsity and varsity   
    Friday
    2 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Institute, Mora Independent School Board Room
    Saturday
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Continuation of Mora Community Leadership Institute