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Today's News

  • Four HU athletes on all-academic teams

    Four New Mexico Highlands atudent-athletes have been named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic teams for basketball.

    Whitley Coca and Briana Gholston from coach Tiffany Darling’s Cowgirls made the women’s all-academic lineup. Ledreece Smith and Mike Moody from coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys were honored on the men’s side.

  • Graham up to fourth on national list

    New Mexico Highlands University's Angella Graham moved to No. 4 on the national rankings list for the pentathlon with her performance at the University of New Mexico Multi and Classic Track and Field meet Feb. 4-5 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

    The seven-time All American in the multi-events and jumps scored 3,543 points in the five events comprising the pentathlon (60-meter hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, 800 meters).

    It was Graham's first multi of the season and Coach Bob DeVries found reason to be encouraged.

  • LVLL beginning registration

    Las Vegas Little League is announcing open registration for the 2011 Little League baseball and softball season.
    Registration is for all levels of play — tee-ball, Minors and Majors.

    Early registration is encourged. Those who sign up in February will pay a $45 per player fee.

    The fee goes up to $50 a player in March and $60 a player in April.       

  • Mora County Notebook: Annie Vigil celebrates her 80th birthday

    The children of Annie Vigil honored her on her 80th birthday with a lovely family gathering at the St.Gertrude’s Parish Hall in Mora on Saturday, Feb. 5. The large family gathered, bringing much love, gifts, food and music and poems honoring their mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Kathy, her daughter. representing the children, presented her with a dozen red roses, one for each child she bore, and a white rose to honor her late husband, Gabino, who passed away on June 27, 2010.

  • Aunt Elvira’s and my great Egyptian adventure

    It is not one world out there. So many of us who live and work in these more-or-less remote areas of New Mexico tend to forget how fortunate we are to live in such a safe and secure area.

  • Hospital touts quality, service

    In its annual report to the public, Alta Vista Regional Hospital officials said they have a vital, state-of-the-art facility, comparable to any big city hospital in the state.

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who worked in major hospitals for 11 years, said sometimes people take things for granted. For example, she pointed out the new digital mammography capabilities and the 64-slice CT scanner, while most hospitals operate with 10-slice CT scanners.  

  • Ghost Stories

    The history of Las Vegas is dramatic. The Victorian homes, adobe walls, railroad tracks and streets tell compelling stories of the Meadow City.

    For Henry Rik Abeyta and Angel Roybal, the structures and places hold something different.  For them,  these are homes and locations for ghosts. The “ghost channeling” duo tries to capture photos of the ghosts that have been rumored to appear in the different dwellings.

  • Utility defends cutting off gas during storm

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Natural gas service was cut off to thousands of New Mexicans last week because utility officials feared losing control over the company’s distribution system and having potentially dangerous uncontrolled outages across the state, lawmakers were told Monday.

  • Program would put farm food in restaurants

    Submitted to the Optic

    A farm-to-restaurant program is coming to Las Vegas. The program, a project of MainStreet Las Vegas, is made possible by a  grant from the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    The project’s mission is to network local food producers such as farmers and ranchers with local restaurants, and to market and promote local restaurants that demonstrate a commitment to purchasing directly from local food producers.

    Many such programs are cropping up across the United States, from New Hampshire to California.

  • College Night rescheduled

    Submitted to the Optic

    College Night 2011 is rescheduled to Feb. 28 due to a winter storm forecast for Feb. 9.

    New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 12th annual College Night 2011 from 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center on North Grand  in Las Vegas.