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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - The quest for HU’s first Hispanic president

    There was no more telling harbinger of the change yet to come at Highlands University, than Ralph Carlisle Smith’s first decision as interim president, that he and his wife Harriett (Petey) would not move into the president’s residence, but would continue living in their private home.

    To close friends, Smitty confided soon after his appointment in August 1970, that his tenure was likely very temporary, as he believed the recent events at Highlands had engendered an unstoppable momentum for the appointment of a “Spanish-American” president.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on agencies issuing mining permits (Feb. 25):
    No matter how many peer-reviewed studies link living near surface mining to higher rates of disease, death and birth defects, it’s of no consequence to the agencies issuing the permits.
    That astounding gap in a process that’s supposed to protect the public came to light during arguments this month before a federal appeals court.

  • Students return home with honors
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 28, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Saturday
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes vs. winner of district, Mora
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board, Administration Building

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU
    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

    Monday — Pepper steak, rice, buttered carrots, pineapple celery salad, and apple cobbler
    Tuesday — Baked chicken, wild rice, creamy coleslaw, mixed vegetables, whole wheat bread, and chocolate pudding

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The role of the Rancheros Visitadores

    Those horrible winds continue to howl a I write this in mid February. I just discovered a news item in an old Albuquerque Journal. Los Alamos was the snowiest spot in the state in January 2001. We recorded 50 inches of snow, with a moisture content of 2.13 here at our Gascon station. Oh, for those good old days!

  • Students of the Month - Feb. 28, 2014
  • Students make VP honor roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College announced its Fall 2013 Vice President’s Honor Roll. Inclusion on the honor roll requires students to successfully complete, without incomplete grades included, a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a 3.660 GPA or higher.  Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.

  • Hamann awarded internship in Paris

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University chemistry junior Katie Hamann will be conducting cutting-edge laser research at universities in Paris this summer through a National Science Foundation internship program.

    Hamann is one of 12 undergraduate chemistry students in the country selected for the Optics in the City of Lights Program, a partnership with the University of Michigan.  

  • Vatos rugby hosting No. 3 Denver

    Submitted to the Optic

    The nationally ranked (9th of 230 teams) New Mexico Highlands University Vatos (6-0) start their spring schedule with one of their most important games in many years this Saturday.

    They host third ranked Denver University (7-0) at 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.   

    Both teams have secured national playoff positions, but there is more at stake. The winner will be the Frontier League champion and the No. 1 seed in the regional playoffs March 22-23 in Austin, Texas. The loser will be the No. 3 seed.  

  • Playoff intensity - RHS girls set up East-West rematch; Cards lose nailbiter with Raton

    If Robertson’s first two district tournament games are any indicator, basketball fans are in for one heck of a postseason.

    The Lady Cardinals rallied from a double-digit deficit Wednesday evening to knock off Pojoaque Valley 54-45 and set up a fourth East-West girls’ game of the season Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.