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  • 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.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 1, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m on Wednesday, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dino-Football” by Lisa Wheeler. This week’s theme is “Fall Sports.” Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Oct. 1, 2012

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Northeast wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:56 a.m. to 6:44 p.m.

  • High school diplomas at risk

    More than a quarter of Robertson High School seniors are at risk of not graduating because they have so far been unable to pass the state test that measures proficiency in reading and math.

    Twenty-eight of the school’s 97 seniors are scheduled to retake the test next week.

    Students who fail it again could end up walking away at the end of their senior year with a certificate of completion rather than a high school diploma.

  • Senior Profile - Pat and Marylena Melton

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    Las Vegas Optic

    Pat and Marylena Melton have spent decades juggling a thriving real estate business and their sprawling ranch east of Las Vegas.

    Now they’re ready to take the plunge into retirement.  

    “It’s taken us since December to get to retirement,” Pat said, noting that breaking away from the real estate business hasn’t exactly been an easy task.

    “Our retirement has been an evolution. It takes time to make that transition.”

  • Las Vegas airport tops in state

    The Las Vegas Municipal Airport received the top award from the New Mexico Airport Managers Association last week at the state aviation conference in Ruidoso.

    The local airport was chosen as Airport of the Year. The recipient of the award is chosen from among the state’s 64 airports, including Albuquerque’s Double Eagle.
    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the award was due largely to the improvements done at the airport over the last few years and the service provided by airport employees.

  • Retired educators meeting in Vegas

    Educational retirees from throughout the state are in Las Vegas this weekend for the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees’ state convention.

    It’s the latest in a string of conventions and annual meetings hosed by Las Vegas, and state and county officials are thrilled with the boost to the local economy generated by the events.

    Local organizers of the educational retirees convention said that as of Wednesday 145 people had registered to attend.

  • Looking ahead - Sept. 28, 2012

    This Saturday is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico. On this special day, no license is required, although bag limits and other rules apply.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 28, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, Sept. 27 — Two Highlands University professors, Dr. Stuart Boyd, head of the department of psychology, and Dr. Harry Saslow, also of the psychology department, were invited to appear on the program of the American Association of Mental Deficiency’s Rocky Mountain Regional meeting to be held in Albuquerque today.