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Today's News

  • The study of anacondas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Four New Mexico Highlands University students joined their biology professors on a two-week research expedition deep in the Venezuelan Llanos to study anacondas and other tropical wildlife.

    In April, biology professors Jesús Rivas and Sarah Corey-Rivas took Lisa McBride, Justin Saiz, Steven Salinas, and Rose Peralta on an unforgettable journey of scientific inquiry into the Llanos, a vast tropical grassland plain that floods seasonally, creating the second-largest wetland in the world.

  • Dear Teacher - May 9

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Special to the Optic

    Question: My son flunked out of college last year after his freshman year. Admittedly, this probably happened because of too much partying. He has been home working at a very low paying job. Now he is getting serious about wanting to return to college. Can he get back into his previous school? Will another college admit him?
     — Flunked Out

  • Students present at conference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University anthropology graduate students Will Marquardt and T’Shawna Span presented their novel bioarchaeology studies at the international conference for the Society of American Archeology in Austin, Texas, late last month.

    The annual conference is the largest gathering of archaeologists in the world, with more than 3,000 in attendance this year.

    Both students are graduate assistants for anthropology professor Warren Lail and he also advises them.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: April winds nearly blew us away

    Yes, we almost blew away in April. Those bitter and ferocious winds kept a lot of us indoors. Just going out to the mailbox on our road was a challenge. That translates into doing indoor chores, and it doesn’t take much for me to get distracted.

  • Honoring linemen
  • Mora Community Calendar

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    8:30 a.m. — Dia de La Cultura, Mora Elementary Gym
    TBA — Mora track team- at State Track Meet, Albuquerque
    1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — First Nationalization Ceremony, Fort Union National Monument
    Sunday
    5 p.m. — VFW regular meeting, VFW Building
    Tuesday
    6 p.m. — T-ball A’s vs. Angels, Little League field, Holman
    6:45 p.m. — T-ball Cubs vs. Orioles, Little League Field

  • Cowgirls second in RMAC

    Led by a record heptathlon performance by junior Salcia Slack, the New Mexico Highlands University women corralled a runner-up finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships, which wrapped up Tuesday in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, amassed 170 team points in the three-day competition. That was second only to host Adams State, a perennial national title contender; the Grizzlies had 192 points to lead the 10 participating schools.

  • Last shot at state

    This past weekend’s District 2-2A tripled the number of Pecos athletes qualifying for the small-school state track and field championships (to be held Friday and Saturday at University of New Mexico’s track and soccer complex).

    Regardless of the performance thresholds needed to make the cut for state in the regular season, a certain number of district meet qualifiers are added to the mix. And that means a golden opportunity for athletes who’d otherwise be on the outside looking in.

  • Cowboys slugging it out in RMAC

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The New Mexico Highlands baseball team (31-18) started its second season on Thursday at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The winner of the RMAC Tournament will get an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament and the South Central Region, which will be at a site to be determined.

  • Cowboys slugging it out in RMAC

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The New Mexico Highlands baseball team (31-18) started its second season on Thursday at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The winner of the RMAC Tournament will get an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament and the South Central Region, which will be at a site to be determined.