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Today's News

  • Highlands relocating several offices

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Highlands University Business Office and Human Resources Office are now open in the university’s Communications West Building at 901 University Ave. directly across from the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The two offices are among the university offices relocating to make way for the Rodgers Hall renovation slated to begin approximately July 2018.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Feb. 4, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, 2018:

    Steven Cordova, Bench Warrant, Mora Magistrate Court.

  • Sierra Vista Elementary Semester One 2017-18 Honor Roll

    A Honor Roll Semester 1
    Fourth Grade
    Noah Barela, Katelyn Benavidez, Isabela Brizal, Brenen Deisler, Laila Espinoza, Gabriela Fulgenzi, Isaiah Larson, Jacob Lopez, Selah Marrujo, Alyssa Maestas, Eleanna Maestas, Rianna Montoya, Elijah Ortiz, Noah Pino, Noah Probst, Aidan Romero, Antonio Romero, Kaylee Sena, Annabelle Ulibarri and Itzel Yanez.
    Fifth Grade

  • Sierra Vista Elementary October, November, December 2017 and January 2018 Students of the Month

    October Students of the month: Caring
    6th grade
    Akeem Maestas, Silviana Duran, Deanndra Trujillo, Elizabeth Hernandez, and Ciara Mountjoy
    5th grade
    Aiden Mascarenas, Naomi Weathers, Gracelynn Stanaway, Nathaniel Gonzales, and Kianna Ortiz
    4th grade
    Lauren Martinez, Grayson Anderson, Laila Espinoza, Kelly Tucker, Cristiana Rios, and Jahmari Egerton

    November Students of the month: Trustworthy
    6th grade
    Jadalin Quintana, Mars McIntosh, Jordan Harris, Julianna Dominguez, and Ashley Grantham

  • Los Ninos Elementary, Second Nine Weeks A and B Honor Roll

    A Honor Roll - Elijah Guzman.

    B Honor Roll - Brooklyn Barela, Isaac Urioste, Anjeliqur Martinez, Kaylana Montano, Alyssa Martinez, Alecandra Segura, Kaye Killian, Itzel Gonzales and Javis Sena.

  • Eastern Oregon University: Fall 2017 Dean’s List

    LA GRANDE, Ore. — At the close of fall term, 529 EOU students qualified for the dean’s list. These students maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher while completing at least 12 hours of graded coursework during the term.

    Sarah Hathcock of Las Vegas, N.M. earned this distinction.

  • Valmora’s New Year

    I will be the first to admit that for the first 12 or so years of my life I never understood why there was so much “hoopla” and celebration in other peoples’ lives on New Year’s Eve. I don’t remember ever even being awake at that supposedly magic hour called midnight.

    Sweet brother Bill and I grew up across the driveway from our hospital complex at Valmora.

  • Noticias, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

  • Parents, we get it — it’s scary

    News about the extent of Michigan gymnastic coach’s abuse, during his recent trial and sentencing hearings, is undoubtedly going to fuel the already high level of vigilance many parents have toward social activities and which adults are engaging or communicating with their children.

    We get it. And, in most cases, parents will have very solid reasons for going perhaps much further in the direction of caution than most of us, including other parents, anticipated.

  • ‘Afterschool’ defined — then and now

    Remember after school when you jumped off the school bus and dashed into the house where your mother handed you a glass of milk and a homemade oatmeal raisin cookie?

    You gobbled up your snack before grabbing your bike or your baseball mitt. Then you headed outdoors to play with the neighbor kids until sundown when you slowly trudged home for supper and homework and, if you were lucky, half an hour of television.