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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 4, 2013

    Free tax return preparation available
    Free tax return preparation is available for low-income persons and seniors. The service is being offered by AARP Tax-Aide at Highlands University Student Center, 903 Baca St. You do not have to be a senior or a member of AARP to receive the help. Appointment available on Tuesdays through April 12. Call 505-652-4106. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Weather - March 4, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 10-20 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. South wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:26 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.

  • FYI - News - March 4, 2013

    The city of Las Vegas is recalculating a number of its water customers’ bills after discovering a glitch in its billing system. Pick up Wednesday’s Optic for the story.

  • Several events planned for annual Iron Tribe contemporary art exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Iron Tribe, a contemporary iron art exhibit featuring local, national and international artists.

    The Iron Tribe exhibit is in the university’s Burris Hall Gallery, 903 National Ave.

    Fine arts professor David Lobdell established Iron Tribe, a biannual Highlands event now in its seventh year. This semester, his Exhibit Design – Iron Tribe class is organizing the exhibit and the other iron art events.

  • Que Pasa - March 4, 2013

    TUESDAY MARTES

  • Calling the roll

    And the mudslinging continues, though it should be no surprise. When it comes to running Luna Community College, politics is the rule rather than an exception, so why should the Board of Trustees elections be any different?

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 4, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Name dropping, Part 2

    The Optic is bigger than any one person. It’s an institution in Las Vegas — one that’s critical to the community’s life and livelihood.

    This institution, however, is run by people whose collective contribution to our product has been a source of great pride for me, since I’ve had the honor of being at the helm for more than eight years.

  • HU’s Rockhill earns nationals bid

    Justin Rockhill will be representing New Mexico Highlands University in the NCAA Division II national wrestling tournament beginning Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

    Rockhill, who competes in the 197-pound weight class, earned the trip by placing fourth in the Super Region 4 tourney, which doubles as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships, on Feb. 22-23.

    The top four of each weight class in regionals advance to the national tournament.

  • District tourneys - A big assist

    MORA — It’s fitting that in her one minute and 24 seconds of playing time at the end of Mora’s 58-29 win over Santa Fe Prep in the District 2-2A girls’ championship Friday night, Kayla Romero got into the stat book with an assist.

    She drew a Prep defender toward the top of the key, then dished the ball to Maria Garcia, who popped in a three-pointer from the left corner for the Rangerettes’ final points.