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Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! TRAGEDY STRIKES. Two Las Vegas city employees were killed Wednesday when a deep trench they were working  in collapsed. After the ditch collapsed on them, a frantic effort ensued to get them out, but Frank Romero and Gene Hern died at the scene. And to add to the tragedy, fears that the ditch remained unstable kept crews from pulling out the bodies until hours after the accident.  

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 20, 2011
  • Another Perspective: Living on the edge

    By Andrew Feldman

    For the Optic

    Our water problem can basically be broken into two parts — water infrastructure (expensive) and actual water supply (scarce). The infrastructure will take a great deal of money to fix. The supply is more uncertain and no amount of money can make it rain or snow. If we fix the infrastructure and do some other innovative things we can hedge our bet against drought.

    In the past when the water situation became dire, previous city administrations would talk, but then it would rain and nothing would get done.

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.      

  • Orgullo del Norte - Connecting our herencia with our heroes

    “Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.”
    — Dick Morris

    Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. Now that Mexico had control of the church, it began to call back all missionaries from El Norte. This move left just a handful of priests to hold mass throughout the many villages. Most rural villages went up to a year without seeing a priest from the Catholic church.

  • Top students
  • HU student heading for France

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University geology graduate student Rhonda Trujillo will conduct field research this summer on extinct volcanoes in the Chaine des Puys mountains of south-central France through Highlands’ exchange program with Blaise Pascal University.

  • Parents making a difference
  • HU media arts students create exhibit for museum

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students developed the bulk of a new cutting-edge multimedia exhibit, “Emergence: A New View of Life’s Origins,” for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

    The grand opening for the permanent museum exhibit is June 30 in Albuquerque.

  • Robertson FFA claims several state titles

    By Sarah Goetsch
    RHS FFA Reporter

    Members of the Robertson High School FFA excelled in several categories at the recent New Mexico State Career Development Events, held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

    There were more than 1,900 FFA members from across the state that competed in the CDE’s this year. Students’ competitive teams claimed a state championship, several seconds, and many individuals received honors and recognition for placing within the top ten in their prestigious competitions.