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Today's News

  • Highlands float wins in SF Parade

    A group of Highlands University students from the rodeo team, student ambassador program, and student senate won first place in the cowboy float category at the Santa Fe Fiestas Parade Sept. 7.

    The recruitment office at Highlands coordinated the Cowboy float in both the Santa Fe Fiestas Parade and the State Fair Parade Sept. 6 in Albuquerque.

  • HU group makes illegal donation

    The Highlands University Foundation has violated federal tax law by donating to a political campaign. Now, the group is trying to get the money back.

    Recently, the Optic discovered that the foundation, whose main purpose is to provide scholarships to students, gave $250 last September to the campaign of state Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocat.

    The foundation is a charitable nonprofit in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service. To enjoy that status, such groups are forbidden from donating to political campaigns.

  • Earth-driven

    For the last several years, students at Memorial Middle School have become tuned in to a variety of earth-friendly ways of growing food and harnessing energy.

    Using the Agricultural Science Center as a learning tool, kids have built wind turbines, studied solar power and methods of composting, and used their greenhouse for experiments.

  • Vatos rugby 1-1 to start season

    After winning their first game of the season 33-17 against a Albuquerque Rugby Football Club Development Side, the young Vatos moved to 1-1 with a hard-fought 45-35 loss to a strong, physical El Paso-UTEP RFC this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    “I was very impressed with the Vatos’ courage and toughness against a solid El Paso-UTEP team who had many experienced players from their good youth rugby program there, “ said Coach Dick Greene. “It was a very high-impact game with massive hitting and hard running.”

  • Luna's voice acting classes

    Introduction to Voice Acting Class, offered through Luna Community College on Monday, Sept. 29, will open the door to just that opportunity.

    Today, people just like you use their voices professionally for commercials, audio books, training videos, educational material, the Internet and more. Getting Paid to Talk is an adult education class taught by the voice acting professionals from Voice Coaches, an industry leader in voice acting training with students all over the country.

  • College plans to improve trades

    Gilbert Loera has been taking vocational classes for nine years at Luna Community College. He’s not taking them to start a new career; he just wants to pick up new skills.

    “I’ve been taking classes over and over. I’m not here to profit. I’m doing it for myself,” he said.

    He was one of 30 residents who take carpentry, welding and automotive classes who met with Luna’s president, Pete Campos, last week.

  • Local man attains master's

    Christopher Jason Trujillo, 26 of Phoenix has completed his master‘s degree program at Grand Canyon University. He is the son of John Trujillo Sr. of Las Vegas and Christine Serna of Phoenix, also younger brother to John Trujillo Jr. of Phoenix.

  • Shopping center in the works

    The old Kmart building in Las Vegas is undergoing renovation to develop a new retail center and office complex named Legion Plaza.

    Carlos M. Lopez, owner and president of Northern Builders LLC, said last week that he is beginning construction.

    “We anticipate that the building will be fully occupied and open for business by the end of the year,” Lopez said in a press release.

  • Players accused in second incident

    Two Robertson High School football players accused of sodomizing younger players with broomsticks during a football training camp last month have also been accused of bullying a fellow student last year.

    The victim reported the bullying incident to his parents in the last couple weeks after the football camp hazing allegations were made, Las Vegas Schools superintendent Rick Romero said.

  • 720th helped with Gustav relief

    Las Vegas was among a number of New Mexico towns welcoming home more than 400 National Guardsmen returning from a 12-day deployment to Louisiana, where they distributed food, water and other supplies to the victims of Hurricane Gustav.

    Brigadier General Kenny Montoya said the mission began as the governor of Louisiana asked New Mexico’s governor for help. He said after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, officials wanted to be prepared, so the National Guard went to the president and asked if the troops could be federalized.