Today's News

  • Longtime prof to serve as parade marshal

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A longtime Highlands University biology professor who has dedicated her career to student success will be this year’s homecoming parade marshal.

    “I still relish the challenges of teaching students,” said Maureen Romine, whose tenure at Highlands has spanned 42 years.

    This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 20  and will run from Fifth Street and Friedman Avenue to the Plaza Park.

  • Homecoming at Highlands is more than just a game

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    There might be a few who say Homecoming is just another game.

    But to those who know otherwise, the combination of marching band music filling a crisp fall afternoon, the company of friends and the excitement leading up to the big match, Homecoming Week at New Mexico Highlands is a long-standing tradition.

    For generations, Highlands’ friends, alumni and their families have returned to the grounds to take part in a community celebration where their journey began.

  • Hilton Award honors Las Vegas couple

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    Highlands University

    The Hilton Award is given in recognition of individuals who support Highlands and the community. That defines Tito and Mary Chavez, who rarely say “no” when asked to donate an item to a silent auction or other fund-raising event. Tito also gives a substantial amount of time supporting causes he and Mary believe in,  including the Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance.

  • Mike Melton tapped for Homecoming Spirit Award

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Mike Melton, regional president for Southwest Capital Bank, never misses a chance to promote Highlands, talking about what his alma mater means to him and the Las Vegas community.

    Melton, B.A. finance, also serves on the bank’s Board of Directors. He was tapped for the homecoming Spirit Award.

    Homecoming week is Sept. 15-20, with a full schedule of the festivities online at http://www.nmhu.edu/homecoming/

  • Levin to give gallery art talk today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Santa Fe Artist Eli Levin will give a gallery talk about the First Invitational New Mexico Painters Exhibition at 2:30 p.m. today (Friday) in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • Plea in fatal DWI crash

    On the day that his trial was to have started, the teen accusing of causing the deaths of two young girls while driving drunk stood up in court and took responsibility for causing those deaths and for injuring another one of his passengers in the early morning hours of April 6, 2013.

  • Vietnam: 50 years later - Local honored for her sacrifice

    La Neel Pierce will never forget the day in April 1969 when she was told her son had died in the Vietnam War.

    Following in his father Ed’s footsteps, her son Lee joined the United States Air Force after college where he studied civil engineering and was active in ROTC. Pierce’s heart shattered when she was informed of her son’s death.

  • New exhibit explores life at Camp Luna

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE — In August 1940, talk of war swirled around Camp Luna near Las Vegas.

    The 1,800 men of New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery Regiment gathered there to train one last time on home soil before heading to the Philippines.

    A photographer was there, capturing images of youth and dedication, young men unaware of the ordeals they soon would face.

    On Sept. 16 through Oct. 12, the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives will mount a special exhibition at the Jean Cocteau Cinema featuring 10 of those images.

  • Most favor higher minimum wage

    The Associated Press

    A majority of likely New Mexico voters favors increasing the state’s current minimum hourly wage of $7.50 an hour, a new Albuquerque Journal poll found.

    The survey conducted for the newspaper found that 68 percent support an increase while one in four — 27 percent oppose a hike, the Albuquerque Journal reported this week.

    Of the overall survey group, 53 percent said the minimum wage should be between $8 and $10, and 12 percent said it should be more than $10.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

    King campaign manager quits
    Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King announced Monday that his campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.
    Keith Breitbach was King’s third campaign manager.
    The Democrat trails Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in a new poll, and he lags far behind in fundraising as the campaign reaches a critical point with early voting to start next month.