• LCC student’s work on display at gallery

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College student Joseph Esquibel has always had a knack for drawing. He says as a young elementary student, he would find himself doodling. His works varied from landscapes to cartoons to cars.

    “When I was younger, my grandfather had a lot of nice paintings in his home and I always admired the work and detail that went into them,” said Esquibel, who is majoring in auto body collision. “I’ve always been drawn to art.”

  • Highlands alumnus honored by Queen of England

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Queen of England will honor a Highlands University alumnus for providing access to education for orphans and other vulnerable children in his homeland of Cameroon.

    This June in London, Queen Elizabeth II will present Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu, 27, with one of the Queen’s Young Leaders awards as part of her Diamond Jubilee Celebration.

  • Dear Teacher - Feb. 27

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I have two very young children — a new baby, 5 months old, and an 18-month-old toddler. We have a slight history of hearing loss in our family, so I worry about the hearing of my two young children. The pediatrician says their hearing is fine. What should I do? — Worried

  • Obama threatens to veto ed. bill

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.”

    The veto threat came as lawmakers began debate on the measure in the House. A vote is expected on Friday.

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  • Grand opening for auto collision building today

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College Auto Collision Instructor Anthony Baca has been waiting nearly a decade for a new auto collision building. The wait for Baca and the college is over.

    A grand opening and ribbon- cutting ceremony for the new building will take place from 10 a.m. to noon today (Friday).

    The public is invited. The new building is located on the southwest corner of the Luna Community College campus.

  • Dear Teacher - Feb. 20

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I want to get a jump on helping my child to learn to print. She’ll be going to kindergarten next year. What is the best way to do this? I don’t want to teach her how to make letters incorrectly. Am I wise to start teaching her to print now? — Getting Ready for Kindergarten

  • Bill will put more local food into schools

    By Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — A Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias passed its first test Wednesday at the Legislature.

    But the measure passed by a single vote after complaints that it takes money from classroom instruction.

    The bill sets up a grant program to make Colorado the 17th state to chip in grant money in addition to federal programs to help get more locally grown foods on cafeteria plates.

  • Students of the month - Feb. 13
  • Business school gets new computers

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College School of Business Students and instructors are working on 16 new computers, thanks to a collaborative effort from department staff, administration and the fiscal department.