Today's News

  • HU tries to define at-will employees

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Highlands University’s administration is proposing to change the school’s personnel policy to define those who aren’t covered by the usual employee protections. 


    Those not getting normal protections are known as exempt employees — who are appointed and fired at will. 


  • Cowgirls reach RMAC semis

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    It has been a week of firsts for the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer program.


    • First Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year nod ... to junior Julissa Rodriguez, who was tied for the league lead in scoring as of Wednesday night with 14 goals.


    • First RMAC Coach of the Year honors ... for Justin Wagar, who’s in his second season at the helm.


  • Weekend loaded with local sports

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic


    Long regarded as the prime rib of Meadow City sporting events, Vegas Bowl rarely has to share the plate with any other local happening when it rolls around on the calendar.


    Not this time.


    The weekend ahead is an all-you-can-watch buffet for local sports fans.


  • Bustos nabs RMAC honor

    Submitted to the Optic


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former West Las Vegas star Vera Jo Bustos was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year and her Grizzlies, coming off the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, were picked to win the league, according to the 2010-11 preseason coaches’ poll released by conference officials on Monday.  


  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... OVER AND DONE. Whew, finally, one of the more brutal elections in recent memory is through, and now we can look forward to new leadership addressing many of the same old problems. And just as Barack Obama took the burden and the blame for two wars and an economic crisis he didn’t create, now a whole lot of newly elected officials must inherit a mess. Good luck, all.


  • Dulcey Amargo: 'Ultima' a substantive play

    By Lupita Gonzales


    As I mentioned in a column a while back, I have sworn off sitting too long in front of the TV or the computer screen, but there are some sites I receive online that I follow for the fun of it. One of those is the Astrology  Astro Slam, which often puts me in my place.


    A couple of weeks ago, the slam told me that most people are boring, including me, and that I should do something exciting, like attending a play, or some such. 


  • Que Pasa-Nov. 5, 2010


    • Aaron Juarros will hold a sculpture exhibition titled “From Here” from Nov. 5-Dec. 10. An artist’s reception is planned for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Ray Drew Gallery, which is on the first floor of Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.

  • Martinez wins governor's race

    By Barry Massey

    AP Political Writer


    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive.


    Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, with Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson barred from seeking re-election because he is finishing his second consecutive terms.

  • Lawmaker Richard Vigil get seventh term

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, cruised re-election to a seventh term in the state House of Representatives. 


    With nearly all precincts reporting in San Miguel County, Vigil had 68 percent of the vote to Republican Mel Root’s 32 percent.


    It was largely a replay of the 2008 election, in which the two men got about the same numbers. 


  • San Miguel sheriff easily wins re-election

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, a Democrat, trounced his independent opponent, Rico Giron in Tuesday’s election.


    With 27 of 30 precincts reporting, Vigil had 77 percent of the vote to Giron’s 23 percent. 


    In the Democratic primary in June, Vigil scraped by with 35.6 percent of the vote against four candidates. His closest rival, Joseph  Santillanes, got 34.3 percent.