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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 16, 2013

    TODAYHOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Whooo’s Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost?”  by Kay Winters. Free and open to the public.
    • New Mexico Highlands University Homecoming festivities, 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Time Capsule Ceremony, student center, capsule will be opened up in 2063; and 2:30 p.m. roadway to Perkins Stadium stenciling, meet in front of the Stu Clark Building.

  • Happy 120th, Highlands

    As New Mexico Highlands University celebrates its 120th birthday this week, it’s worth taking a look at the impact the institution has had on our community.

    It’s difficult to imagine the city of Las Vegas without Highlands.

    From the beginning, the university has served as a vital economic engine in Las Vegas, employing hundreds and drawing many students to this area.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 16, 2013
  • Work of Art — A prof’s word was law

    At Highlands University in the ‘80s, a secretary I used to know circulated a sheet that contained clever descriptions of the college hierarchy.

    It started with the dean, who was “able to leap tall buildings at a single bound” and was “more powerful than a locomotive.”

    The department head could leap Quonset huts and sometimes win a tug-of-war with a switch engine.

    The full professor left scuff marks trying to leap over a chair. The lowly instructor would trip over his own shoes.

  • Lady Cards drop Taos

    Judith Trujillo’s homecoming to the gym in which she spent ample time in her younger years was enough to put a smile on her face and those of her Robertson Lady Cardinals.

    There, Robertson swept Taos 25-10, 25-23 and 25-14 on Saturday to regain traction in the District 2-3A volleyball campaign.

    The Lady Cards improved to  6-7 overall and 1-1 in district heading into Tuesday’s match against Raton. They host Pojoaque Valley on Saturday.

    “Hopefully we keep building up and start to peak now that it counts,” Trujillo said.

  • Dons XC makes push

    Moises Coca continues his recent streak of top-four finishes for West Las Vegas’ cross country program.

    Coca chased third-place finishes at Jemez Valley and La Cueva with a fourth this past weekend at Los Lunas.

    At Jemez Oct. 2, Leroy “Caro” Armijo’s Dons varsity placed second as a team behind Laguna Acoma.

    West’s middle schoolers also fared well, taking dual third-place trophies with groups stocked mostly with seventh graders.

  • Cowgirl spikers find win column

    Snapping a five-match losing skid, the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team scored an emphatic straight-sets win over visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Each of the games was competitive, but the Cowgirls prevailed 25-20, 25-20 and 25-21 to move to 8-10 overall and 2-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mountain Lions dropped to 7-9 and 3-5, respectively.

    Darian Mullen paced Highlands in kills for the second night in a row, connecting on 13 in 27 attacks and a .370 percentage.

  • No. 12 FLC stops NMHU

    One goal was all that separated the nationally ranked No. 12 Fort Lewis Skyhawks and host New Mexico Highlands on a cool Sunday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Fort Lewis’ score came roughly one hour into the match. Jordan Hix dribbled a pass through to Emma Cannis, who finished for her fourth goal of the season.

    That was it, as the Skyhawk defense quieted the much-improved Cowgirl front line. Highlands managed only four shots on goal, and all four were handled by Caitlyn Espinosa at the FLC net.

  • Bridge Street award celebrated

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A crowd nearing 100 in number gathered at the Bridge Street Breezeway event celebrating Bridge Street’s designation of “One of 10 Great Streets in America” Saturday.

    The crowd was regaled by the music of New Mexico Highlands University Vaqueros de la Sierra, directed by Benny Lucero.

  • Dons school spirit