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  • Thanks for everything, Grandma!

    Submitted to the Optic

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Eloisa Montoya of Tecolote died Oct. 4 at age 107. Her grandson, George Castellano, made a presentation at a celebration of her life. Here is the text of that presentation, as submitted to the Optic by Betty Pacheco.

    Thank you for coming to help us celebrate the life of Eloisa Montoya. My name is George Castellano and Eloisa Montoya was my grandmother.

  • Three arrested in shooting incident

    Three men were arrested earlier this month for firing weapons illegally in an incident that occurred in south Las Vegas.
    At about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 10, Las Vegas Police Dept. Sgt. David Trujillo heard five shots fired while on patrol in the 100 block of Independence and soon got a dispatch report about a phone call with a similar report.

  • Highlands Regents updated on many issues

    Just ahead of a planned site visit from the Higher Learning Commission designed to see if New Mexico Highlands University can be taken off of accreditation probation, the Board of Regents heard about progress in preparing for that visit during a regular quarterly meeting.

  • In Brief, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Rep. Nick Salazar to retire

  • Luna trustees hear from students

    Amid a nearly full hall in the Student Services building Tuesday morning, four members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees heard concerns and frustrations during a special meeting.

    Questions focused on what it and LCC administration was doing, and how it was going to make its case to retain accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. In its Nov. 8 letter to Luna Interim President Ricky Serna, HLC cited five areas in which the school is in non-compliance.

  • We’ve got spirit — yes, we do

    In the week leading up to the West Las Vegas High School football team’s Nov. 3 regular-season finale against St. Michael’s, the school handily won KRQE-TV’s online Spirit Stick contest.

    The Dons received more than 20,000 votes in the contest, easily outpacing St. Michaels and the other two schools involved that week, Pojoaque Valley and Atrisco Heritage.

  • LCC culinary skills on display at event

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Luna Community College hosted a Leadership New Mexico Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 2 at its media arts and theater building. Over 50 leaders representing 19 cities from throughout New Mexico were in attendance. 

  • Honoring those who served

    Photo by Theresa Wesner/For the Optic

    Volunteers served up a delicious meal during a recent Veterans Day breakfast at theLas Vegas Elks Lodge.

    Several sites in the San Miguel and Mora county area, including El Sombrero restaurant in Las Vegas, will be serving up a different kind of meal Thursday for Thanksgiving.

  • N.M. Dems mandate harassment training

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  —  The Democratic Party of New Mexico says its political candidates will need to complete sexual harassment prevention training to receive campaign support from the party in 2018 elections.

  • The Nation and World In Brief, Nov. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press

    African leader won’t resign