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Today's News

  • Visual and performing arts wearable arts show Sat.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the second annual Wearable Arts Show on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the university’s Student Center Ballroom, 903 Baca Ave.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 4, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the children’s area of the pubic library. Free and open to the public.
    • Seventeenth Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Hillcrest Restaurant Flamingo Room. Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 kids, 10 and younger. Proceeds used to support local youth programs. For more information, call 505-718-6655.

  • Noticias - Feb. 4, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Mora board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Mora Independent School Board of Education. Election Day is Tuesday.

    Position 1

    Victoria “Vicky” Lovato
    (Resident of Holman; a life time resident of Mora County)

  • Education chief OKs online school despite opposition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education chief Hanna Skandera overruled the state Public Education Commission this week, and will allow a new all-online charter school to open in the fall.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports  that the school will be called New Mexico Connections Academy and will contract with the online, for-profit curriculum company Connections Academy. The school aims to serve students in grades K-12 from around the state.

  • The school elections

    Tuesday’s a big day for area schools. It’s election day. At stake is who will lead the districts in Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and elsewhere into the future.

    At this juncture, we have two hopes: One is that you’ll take the time, if you haven’t already, to cast your ballot. The other is that the Optic, through its reporting, has helped to inform and prepare you to make the most responsible decisions regarding the contested races for school board positions and bond requests that the districts are placing before you.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 4, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Save the drive-in

    Seems that for the past few years there’s been concern about how much longer the Fort Union Drive-In Theater will be able to remain open. And yet, year in and year out, owner Jeanna DiLucchio manages to produce another season of good movies starting on or near the Memorial Day weekend.

    Each year, however, it gets more and more challenging, because the movie industry is moving away from the 35 mm celluloid films that Fort Union depends on. In fact, according to DiLucchio, the industry has set 2013 as a cutoff year for such films. Instead, they’re going digital.

  • Amanda wins battle of the Boom Booms

    Las Vegas boxer Amanda Crespin scored a unanimous decision over Brenda Gonzales on Friday night at Crowne Plaza hotel in Albuquerque.

    Crespin improves to 7-4-1 as a professional, and she has now won three consecutive fights.

    In beating Gonzales, who shares Crespin’s ring nickname of “Boom Boom,” the 21-year-old Crespin took down a solid foe whose mettle has been tested in mixed martial arts as well as boxing.

    Gonzales, 30, a native of Moriarty, falls to 2-1 as a pro boxer.

  • Homestand continues for Cowboys - Cowboy wrestlers take four vs. Chadron

    A surge in the upper weight classes almost tipped Thursday night’s dual meet in favor of New Mexico Highlands, but it was visiting Chadron State that held on for a 22-15 win.

    The Cowboys were to continue their homestand with a Saturday afternoon dual against Colorado School of Mines, then head out to Amarillo, Texas, for a Tuesday meet with Wayland Baptist. The team wrestles in its home finale Wednesday against Colorado Mesa.

    NMHU lost 30-12 to Adams State on Wednesday in the Cowboys’ long-awaited return to the Wilson Complex.