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Today's News

  • An education masterpiece
  • Gurule wins scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University business management senior Daniela Gurule was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from MANA del Norte.

    MANA stands for Mexican-American Women’s National Association, a nonprofit that has worked since 1974 to empower Latinas through education, community service, leadership development and advocacy.

    Gurule, 33, is a Santa Fe native who has earned a 4.0 GPA at the Highlands Santa Fe Center. She also works full-time as the dual-credit specialist at Santa Fe Community College.

  • In Brief - Education - Nov. 8, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Students top nation in scores
    BOSTON — Massachusetts fourth- and eighth-graders are leading the country in reading and math scores.
    Massachusetts ranked first in eighth-grade mathematics, and tied for first in fourth-grade reading, fourth-grade mathematics, and eighth-grade reading, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam.
    On all four tests, Massachusetts students scored well above the national average.

  • Scores up, but not all news good

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — Today’s fourth and eighth graders are doing better than their predecessors in math and reading, but even with record scores, it’s too early to celebrate.

    The vast majority of the students still are not demonstrating solid academic performance in either subject, according to the 2013 Nation’s Report Card, which was released Thursday.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 8, 2013

    THUMBS UP! HELPING THOSE IN NEED
    Luna Community College students are sponsoring a coat drive to help people stay warm this winter. The last day to donate a coat and other items like hats, gloves and scarves is Nov. 22. The items will be distributed on Nov. 23. It’s great to see students getting involved in such a worthy cause. Let’s help them out by looking through our closets and donating the coats we no longer use.

    THUMBS UP! MURDER CHARGE FILED

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 8, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Remembering a true believer

    People here still remember my parents. I know because they still ask about them. They may not have lived here long, but they were adored by those they served.

    Well, technically, only my father, the Rev. Charles P. McDonald Jr., “served” the church. For nearly two years in 2005-2007 he was interim pastor for First United Methodist Church here in Las Vegas. But my mother, Lois Lee King McDonald, also served — brightening up the congregation with her inextinguishable optimism and belief, always, in the goodness of everyone she met.

  • Nuestra Historia: At crossroads, Vegas turned to Chief Gonzales

    Unlike most municipal elections before or since, the 1970 election to choose the first mayor and council of the consolidated city of Las Vegas remains uniquely important, marking a momentous turning point for the twin cities — a crossroads which would set the tone and chart the future for a town long divided.

  • Regis 2, NMHU 0 - Cowgirls eliminated from RMAC soccer tournament

    Regis’ stingy defense limited New Mexico Highlands to just four shots on goal — with none finding the net — in a 2-0 win Wednesday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The match was part of the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament.

    New Mexico Highlands and coach Justin Wagar finished 9-7-3 overall and 7-7-1 against RMAC opponents. Regis improved to 9-7-2 and 7-6-2, respectively, advancing to the tournament semifinals.

  • Vegas Bowl - Both teams battered, bruised heading into season finale

    West Las Vegas’ football locker room has looked  an awful lot like a MASH unit this fall.

    Robertson’s has had more than its share of injuries as well as attrition due to other reasons.

    It’s not what either side was hoping for, heading into the last game of the regular season, with the Class 3A playoffs looming just ahead.