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  • Weather - Sept. 16, 2016


    HIGH 73° / LOW 48°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:45 a.m. to 7:06 p.m.


    HIGH 73° / LOW 48°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:45 a.m. to 7:04 p.m.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 16, 2016

    Monday, Sept. 12, 1966 — Not only the incoming freshmen but also the returning upperclassmen will be startled at the difference in the appearance of Highlands University campus. A new million-dollar library, appropriately named for Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, president of Highlands since 1952, is scheduled for opening by the middle of September. The new three-story building has storage space for 250,000 volumes, according to William Wallace, head librarian.

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  • Annual trash cleanup Saturday at Plaza Park

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two upcoming events will bring city residents together to help beautify Las Vegas.

    The Third Annual “Don’t Trash Our Trails” cleanup takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Plaza Park. Lunch, as well as door prizes and all necessary equipment, will be provided.

    The City Solid Waste Department will hold its annual Amnesty Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. This is a day to get rid of pretty much anything which the transfer station normally accepts, free of charge.

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  • Crown jewel of Highlands - Trolley building unveiled

    What was once an eye-sore has turned into a gem for Highlands University. On Monday, in front of a packed room filled with dignitaries, staff, and students, the ribbon was cut and the 21,027 square-foot Trolley Building was officially opened.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked an end to the several year project, and offered a sense of pride and accomplishment to Highlands.

  • Accrediting body places Highlands on probation

    The Higher Learning Commission has determined that New Mexico Highlands University is out of compliance with accreditation standards it is required to follow, and it has slapped the university with probation and asked university officials to correct the deficiencies.

    Highlands was notified of the probation last week. If it manages to correct the problems soon, it could get off probation as soon as June 2018. The accrediting body notes in its letter that Highlands remains fully accredited despite the probation.

  • West board hires superintendent

    Chris Gutierrez has been selected to lead West Las Vegas Schools officially. During a board meeting on Friday evening, the board voted unanimously to name him the district’s superintendent.

    Gutierrez, 36, has been overseeing the district since July after the board failed to renew its contract with former superintendent Gene Parson.

  • Weather - Sept. 14, 2016


    HIGH 73° / LOW 51°
    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    6:43 a.m. to 7:09 p.m.


    HIGH 77° / LOW 48°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:44 a.m. to 7:07 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 14, 2016

    Friday, Sept. 9, 1966 — Several new faculty and staff members have joined Highlands University. They are Dr. Merritt McGahan, newly appointed graduate dean; Ralph Quintana, history department; Dr. Robert Muncy, education department; and Dr. Ralph Carlisle Smith, academic dean.