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Today's News

  • Little Miss Pageant is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Who would have thought a little girl from Las Vegas would get to live in Spain at a young age?  Ten years ago Cheryl Conway was crowned the first Little Miss Las Vegas at the age of 12, and today she is living and studying in Granada, Spain.  

    “It shows that through vision, hard work and persistence dreams can come true” said Philip Ortiz, executive director, of the Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization.

  • In Brief - Local - Oct. 12, 2012

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    Open house for HU program
    The New Mexico Highlands University RN-BSN Program will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the university’s Engineering Building, 916 11th St., Room 104.
    Registered nurses who have earned an associate degree in nursing and want to learn how to transition to the RN-BSN Program at Highlands are encouraged to attend. Students who are still completing their ADNs are also welcome.
    The open house is free, and light refreshments will be served.

  • West administrators shuffled

    The West Las Vegas School District has undergone a series of administrative changes since the promotion of Gene Parson to the superintendent position last month.

    Former middle school principal Darice Balizan was promoted to associate superintendent, the position previously held by Parson.

  • Hands-on learning

    Students at the West Las Vegas School District are the beneficiaries of a $5,000 grant from Intel.

    The large computer chip manufacture awarded the district the STEM grant to West Las Vegas High School last month. The grants are geared toward promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.

    Etta Bustos, a high school technology teacher, wrote the grant proposal to purchase needed materials for her technology lab.

  • Amendments on general election ballot

    With early voting for the Nov. 6 general election already under way, it’s time to start brushing up on the five constitutional amendments that will greet voters when they show up to cast their ballots.

    Three of the five amendments deal with the state Public Regulation Commission, a powerful state agency that regulates everything from utilities to insurance companies. Those amendments will be covered in a future issue.

  • Acquitted killer facing new charge

    The man acquitted last year for a fatal road rage incident was arrested again late last month in Albuquerque for allegedly shooting at a reckless driver.

    Richard Baca, 24, a New Mexico Army National Guard sergeant, was arrested and charged with a single count of shooting at a vehicle, a felony. He posted bond and was released.

    The latest incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Sept. 29, online court records reveal.

  • NMHU Honorees
  • Looking Back - Oct. 10, 2012

    In 1962
    Thursday, Oct. 11 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Campbell accused Gov. Edwin Mechem Wednesday night of taking “an attitude of almost disdain” toward the needs of New Mexico’s depressed areas. “It is in the best interest of all the state to help residents of these areas raise their economic standards,” Campbell told a campaign meeting in Las Vegas. “They need adequate educational opportunities including vocational and technical training...”

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 10, 2012

    Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant is Saturday
    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization’s 11th annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant will be held at 4 p.m. this Saturday at the West Las Vegas High School cafeteria. Six girls will be competing for the title in four phases of competition. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

  • Weather - Oct. 10, 2012

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. South wind around 15 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

    Friday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Windy.