Today's News

  • Applications being accepted for program

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    The Smithsonian Latino Center is accepting applications for the 2012 Young Ambassadors Program being held June 24 – Aug. 3. The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on  April 9. For information on the application process, visit www.latino.si.edu/education.

  • AAUW scholarships available

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    The Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women is offering scholarship opportunities to New Mexico Highlands University main campus female students.

    The application deadline is April 16. One or more eligible students will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.

    Applicants must have demonstrated that they are capable of and committed to earning an undergraduate or graduate degree from Highlands. They must also live in Las Vegas or surrounding communities.

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  • Submissions sought for ‘Art on the Edge’ exhibit

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    Friends of Contemporary Art, a support group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, announced its biennial juried exhibition, Art on the Edge, to be hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2013.
    Artists based in New Mexico or surrounding states — Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona — are invited to submit work online for consideration. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on April 30, Mountain Time. Information and a prospectus may be downloaded from www.nmartmuseum.org/artontheedge.

  • Que Pasa - March 2, 2012

    • Cineflex at Ilfeld presents “Tower Heist” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Free and open to the public. A concession will be available.

    • The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Tecolote Community Center. For more information, call Joe Herrera at

  • Noticias - March 2, 2012

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

  • State hoops tourneys to begin

    March Madness gets under way beginning Friday and Saturday for teams playing in the New Mexico state high school basketball tournaments.

    On Friday in Class 3A girls’ hoops, Robertson’s seventh-seeded Lady Cardinals host No. 10 Hot Springs at Mike Marr Gym. Meanwhile No. 15 West Las Vegas plays at No. 2 Santa Fe Indian.

    Over in Class 2A girls, the Mora Rangerettes — having earned a lofty No. 2 seed — play host to No. 15 Jemez Valley at Montoya Gym.

  • SPRING 2012 Sports Schedule - Continued

    LCC at Western Oklahoma, TBA, Altus,Okla.
    NMHU at Regis, 3 p.m., Denver
    Girls’ first round of state, TBA

    LCC at Western Oklahoma (DH), TBA, Altus, Okla.
    NMHU at Regis (DH), noon, Denver
    Robertson vs. Pojoaque, 11 a.m., MMS field
    West Las Vegas vs. Socorro (DH), 11 a.m., WLV field
    Boys’ first round of state, TBA
    Vatos at Albuquerque, 2 p.m., Albuquerque

  • NMHU players earn RMAC honors

    Momcilo Latinovic and Alyssa Lopez earned selection to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference basketball teams for the 2011-12 campaign, which ended with Highlands’ doubleheader sweep of Western New Mexico this past Saturday.

    Latinovic, a senior forward from Belgrade, Serbia, averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, shooting 47 percent from the floor, 44 percent from three-point range and 71 percent from the foul line.

    The Cowboys finished 12-14 overall and 10-12 in the conference under coach Joe Harge.

  • NMHU sluggers kennel Hounds

    Josh McMahon and Clay Mohr combined for four hits and seven runs batted in as New Mexico Highlands (6-1) won at Eastern New Mexico 14-10 on Wednesday; it is the Cowboys’ third win over the Greyhounds (6-4) in four meetings this season.

    McMahon hit in both his at-bats, driving in four runs, and Mohr homered in going 3 for 4 with three RBI.

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    Highlands softball took three of four games against visiting Colorado School of Mines over the weekend, winning 5-4, 4-0 and 11-10 before falling in the finale 10-1.