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  • More frosh at Luna - Highlands has 2 percent drop

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    Officials at both Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University are seeing mixed results when it comes to their fall enrollment numbers.

    Enrollment at Highlands is up on the main campus but down at several of its centers. Total enrollment at Highlands is 3,659, a 2 percent drop from last fall.

    Enrollment at Luna Community College, meanwhile, is down slightly from last fall, but the number of incoming freshmen is up by 63 percent.

  • $283K raised to promote bond issue

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Colleges and universities are banking on a statewide advertising campaign to help avoid a repeat of two years when New Mexico voters rejected a property tax-backed statewide bond proposal to finance renovation and construction projects for higher education.

    The private fundraising foundations of colleges and universities have contributed nearly $261,000 to a political committee advocating voter approval in the general election of $119.4 million for infrastructure projects at campuses across the state.

  • Looking Back - News - Oct. 3, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Oct. 3 — Four representatives of Las Vegas met yesterday morning with U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez in Albuquerque to discuss proposed development projects for the Las Vegas area and on a good-will visit. Meeting with Senator Chavez were Cap Parkinson, Area Redevelopment head; W.J. Octhterbeck, Rural Area Development; J.R. Nunn, Chamber of Commerce president; and Apolonio Duran, county Democratic chairman, who arranged the meeting before the senator left Washington.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 3, 2012

    Highlands Homecoming Parade is Saturday

    Highlands University will host its homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. This year’s theme is “Paint the Town Purple - Viva Highlands.” Parade entries may be picked up at the Office of Campus Life in the Student Center or by calling 454-3201, 454-3495, or 454-3590.

  • Weather - Oct. 3, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers.

  • Wildlife refuge established

    WATROUS — Thousands of acres of land in Mora County were officially donated to the federal government on Thursday to establish the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge near here.

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on hand for the dedication ceremony.
    The 4,224-acre property — known as the Wind River Ranch — was donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Thaw Charitable Trust.

  • Mayor’s Ball
  • Council OKs water rate hikes

    It’s official.

    Las Vegas water customers will begin paying more for water after the city’s governing body voted Friday to institute a series of rate hikes over the next four years.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said water customers will see the initial increase reflected in their bills beginning on Dec. 1.

    Friday’s vote caps months of public meetings on the water rates. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the measure, prompting Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the increases.

  • Alumni donate $1.25M to UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    Six alumni assumed the mantle of stewardship from the school’s founding benefactors this week by meeting an endowment challenge that will provide scholarships for future generations of UWC-USA students.

    Sebastien de Halleux ‘96, Bertrand Kan ‘84, Kuo-Chuan “KC” Kung ‘87, Ben ‘98 and Alexa ‘99 Melkman, and Charles Wong ‘84 have contributed a combined $1.25 million for scholarships, which will be matched by UWC-USA benefactor Shelby Davis for a total of $2.5 million.

  • Looking Back - News - Oct. 1, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 1 — Milt Callon, author of “Las Vegas, New Mexico-The Town That Wouldn’t Gamble,” is in town this week to autograph copies of his history of Las Vegas. Callon will be at the Optic at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the last time that autographed copies of the interesting history of Las Vegas will be available. The books may be bought and autographed at the Optic.