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Today's Features

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Institute, Mora School Board Room
    Saturday
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Institute continues
    8 a.m. — Mora Cross Country at Santa Fe Indian School
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Dulce, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Wednesday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Monte Del Sol, away, junior varsity and varsity

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

  • So what do you do on a ranch? It must be really boring way out there in the middle of nowhere. I don’t think this old ranch fits the definition of boring in any way.

    For example, in the span of one midweek afternoon here (the first week of October) our ranch yard was busy. Now yards in ranches need to be utilized for whatever comes along.

    Son John was baling hay way out there in our big meadow when the shear bolts broke on the baler, and this bent some major working parts of the machine, way in the impossible bowels of this mechanical wonder.

  • Highlands University

    Originally a teachers college, Highlands University has evolved into a multifaceted institution of higher learning, a reflection of its own multi-cultural heritage. For alumni the real university, and the true story of Highlands was their experience in the classroom with faculty who inspired, nurtured and instilled the sense of curiosity critical to learning and living.

  • The first president of New Mexico Normal School was an Illinois farmer’s son whose love of learning led him far beyond the one-room schools where he started his education.

    Edgar Lee Hewett, born in 1865, attended local rural schools and graduated at the top of his class.

    He took a county teachers’ examination and qualified for a certificate with near perfect scores.

  • Highlands University

    It’s the quiet ones. Quietly raising money for scholarships that not only change individual students’ lives, but that of their families for generations to come.

    Carefully, thoughtfully, and conservatively investing monies to accumulate wealth in order to support the students and the university with special programs and projects.

    Seeking, shepherding and guiding donors who wish to leave a legacy so that future generations of New Mexico Highlands Students can obtain scholarships, grants and awards.

  • 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.