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Today's News

  • Scholar, Highlands students to strike a pose on the Plaza today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students are working closely with visiting professor and artist Yolanda Domínguez of Spain to develop performance art pieces they will perform around Las Vegas today (Friday) and April 4.

    Domínguez is a well-known  visual and performance artist and social activist who is teaching at Highlands for two weeks, thanks to the university’s Ballen Visiting Scholar Program.

  • Luna students among scholarship recipients

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fourteen Northern New Mexicans have received $1,000 Returning Student/Regional College scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

    These awards help students returning to a formal education for certification or a two-year degree at an accredited regional college. Many of the students receiving these awards are pursuing new careers.

  • Students of the month - March 28, 2014
  • Viles Foundation accepting scholarship applications

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Viles Foundation, Inc., will be accepting Viles Scholarship applications through April 4, 2014.  The five year renewable scholarship is made available to qualifying half orphan or full orphan 2014 graduating seniors from the following high schools in San Miguel and Mora Counties:  Las Vegas Robertson, West Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and Wagon Mound.

  • Que Pasa - March 28, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • The 20th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place on Friday, March 28 in Ilfeld Auditorium with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Advance tickets may be purchased at the KEDP radio station across the street from Ilfeld or at the door the night of the performance. The FDLH thanks NMHU President Jim Fries, Las Vegas Community 1st Bank and the NMHU Foundation for their sponsorship. For more information, call 454-0438.

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 28, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! AN UNFORTUNATE SETBACK
    Roughly a dozen laptop computers and several digital cameras were stolen from Rio Gallinas School over the weekend. The burglar or burglars appear to have pried the front door open. The burglary has created a serious setback for the school and its students. Let’s hope the individual or individuals who did this are caught and brought to justice.
     
    THUMBS DOWN! A TRAGIC END

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 28, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - We settled San Miguel del Bado

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Optic on Jan. 14, 2011.

    In their petition seeking to secure the San Miguel del Bado Land Grant in 1794, the 52 colonists stated as their primary reason that there was not sufficient water in Santa Fe to sustain the growing population and livestock there. (It appears that drought and an adequate water supply were problems even then.) The petitioners also stated that many of them owned small parcels of land in Santa Fe, but they were not sufficient to support their large families.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Augusta Chronicle, on government transparency (March 19):
    The Obama administration has never lived up to the president’s inauguration day pledge to be the “most transparent” in history.
    Sadly, it’s getting worse.
    An Associated Press analysis of federal data found that the administration has grown more secretive over time, last year censoring or outright denying Freedom of Information Act access to government files more than ever since Obama took office.

  • Mora County Notebook - Durán heading to state Spanish Spelling Bee

    Kaitlyn Duran, daughter of Amy and Mario Duran, will be traveling on April 12 to Albuquerque to compete in the State Spelling Bee. She will be representing the Mora Schools as the No. 1 Spanish language speller of the county.

    The students who participated in the spelling bee this year were enthusiastic and worked hard to learn to spell the Spanish words. Rita Sanchez, their teacher, said that they were very motivated and spent extra time practicing.