Today's News

  • Weather - April 25, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Windy, with a southwest wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


  • Jazz group’s concert to honor Duke Ellington

    Submitted to the Optic
    Jazzology, the local jazz vocal group, will perform a birthday salute to Duke Ellington on April 26. The concert is in observance of Ellington’s 115th birthday, on April 29, and in remembrance of the Duke’s appearance at Highlands in 1967.
    The concert will be at 2 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.  
    Suggested donation $5. Students are invited to attend without donating.

  • Que Pasa - April 25, 2014


  • Court: Michigan ban is OK

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 25, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Honduras bound - Silent auction to raise funds for humanitarian mission

    Submitted to the Optic
    The New Mexico Highlands University International Humanitarian Delegation is hosting a silent auction from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday in Sala de Madrid on the corner of Eighth Street and University Avenue.
    All proceeds go toward this summer’s humanitarian mission to Honduras, where the delegation will be working with Habitat for Humanity.
    During the trip, the Highlands Humanitarian Delegation will repair  homes, dig trenches, stucco and add on to homes for indigenous families.  

  • Opera holding auditions for high school students

    Submitted to the Optic
    Young Voices, The Santa Fe Opera’s program for high school students, is holding auditions for the 2014-15 season.  An  opportunity for aspiring singers, there is no charge for Young Voices, but participants are asked to commit to a regular and rigorous training process.
    Auditions in Albuquerque are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Center for the Arts at UNM.
    In Santa Fe, they will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 in The Santa Fe Opera Ranch Lounge.

  • 100-year-old woman receives her high school diploma

    The Associated Press
    HAYWARD, Calif. — A 100-year-old Northern California woman is getting her high school diploma some eight decades after she dropped out.
    Hayward High School in the San Francisco Bay Area awarded Mildred Principe her diploma during a ceremony at the school on Wednesday that included a limousine ride, orchestra music and a cake in her honor.

  • Timofeeva named HU professor of the year

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands chemistry professor Tatiana Timofeeva was named professor of the year for 2013-14 at the 16th Annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet April 9.
    Several chemistry students and professors nominated Timofeeva for the honor. The Office of Campus Life coordinates the recognition event, and a committee of faculty, staff and students selected Timofeeva from other nominees.

  • Mora County Notebook - 75 kids take part in Easter egg hunt

    On Saturday, the Guadalupita Volunteer Firemen Auxiliary hosted an egg hunt and event for the family.  It was well attended and a great success. There were 75 children who took part in the egg hunt. There were many prizes donated by different merchant and individuals.

    Inside Betty Richardson and a group of women manned the silent auction, bake sale and gave out the prizes. Outside James Daring and his crew took care of the food service serving hot dogs, nachos and drinks.