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Today's News

  • TIMELINE OF HIGHLANDS’ HISTORY

    1891
    29th New Mexico Legislative Assembly enacts the Public School Law of 1891, creating the territory’s first comprehensive public school system.

    Feb. 11, 1893
    Public School Law signed by Territorial Gov. L. Branford Prince, creating normal schools in Las Vegas and Silver City.

    Oct. 4, 1897
    Edgar Lee Hewett hired as the first president of the New Mexico Normal School in Las Vegas (which would later become New Mexico Highlands University); Hewett’s first day on the job was July 1, 1898.

  • University’s nickname adopted in 1930

    The nickname “Cowboys” was adopted by the New Mexico Normal University faculty athletic committee and student council as the official name of the athletic teams in February 1930.

    Before then, the school used the name “Tigers.” Through the efforts of alumnus S. Omar Barker, the name was changed.

    Barker, a distinguished Western writer who lived in Las Vegas, asked, “Cannot the University contrive to discover some team name that would have the pungency of local and Southwestern significance, some name that would be unique?

  • Capsule a gift to future students

    Fifty years from now, Highlands students, faculty and staff will  dig up a time capsule set to be buried near the recently completed student center.

    The capsule is filled with mementos and memorabilia, everything from photos and videos to a recent Optic and a camera card with photos taken this week. Items from this weekend’s birthday celebration will also be added before it’s buried next week.

  • County urges patience on roads

    The persistent rain storms that hammered San Miguel County from July through September made a mess of roads throughout the area, a mess that county road crews are still trying to clean up.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said last week that his crews have been putting in lots of overtime since July. Until recently, they were also working through the weekend, he said.

    Despite complaints from some to the contrary, Garcia said all county roads are passable right now, although he acknowledges that much more work is needed.

  • Art philanthropist - Highlands’ Bell exhibit opens Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands opening for the Dr. Robert Bell Permanent Art Collection featuring New Mexico painters and printmakers is Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • Activist to appeal home rule decision

    The local activist who filed suit against San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera for her refusal to sign off on a home rule petition for the county says he will appeal a judge’s ruling that state law doesn’t allow for San Miguel County to pursue home rule.

  • State steps in to help Guard workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stopped the furlough of several dozen civilian workers for the National Guard on Monday by having the state cover their salaries this week while a federal government shutdown continues.

    The 55 federally funded state employees maintain Guard facilities across the state, and include the staff responsible for computer security and construction management, National Guard spokesman Capt. Brian Raphael said.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 16, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 16, 2013

    Pre-tailgate barbecue set for Friday
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is hosting a free community-wide pre-tailgate barbecue in celebration of New Mexico Highlands University’s 120th Anniversary from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the hospital’s employee parking lot. Don’t forget to wear purple.

  • Weather - Oct. 16, 2013

    Wednesday
    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday