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Today's News

  • Grand champion
  • Noticias - Sept. 7, 2011

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

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv @gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.

  • Murals restored at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Deal era murals at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium were restored to their original beauty this summer, thanks to a partnership between the New Mexico Chapter of the New Deal Preservation Association and the university.

  • In Brief - News Sept. 7, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Publisher named for magazine

    SANTA FE — Jodi Vevoda, a publishing executive with experience in sales and management at top national media companies, has been appointed publisher of New Mexico Magazine.

  • Officials: 1,000 homes burn

    By Will Weissert
    Associated Press

    AUSTIN, Texas — More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze close to Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.

    Speaking at a news conference near one of the fire-ravaged areas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said more than 100,000 acres have burned in the drought-stricken state.

  • Negotiating disasters

    Flooding is the latest in a line of weather catastrophies that have struck the U.S. this year. Hurricane Irene — which did huge damage to New England even after it had downgraded to tropical storm status — has created yet another disaster, with cost estimates in the billions of dollars.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 7, 2011
  • Work of Art: Wish to friend someone?

    In the past few days, I performed two highly unusual acts: I chose to gift a relative and to friend someone on Facebook. You say this is no big deal?

    Let me explain:

    At the school I attended three-fourths of my life ago, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, our English teacher, Margaret Kennedy (after whom Highlands’ Kennedy Hall is named), drilled into us the notion that there are verbs and there are nouns.

  • Locals among leaders at Lobo meet

    Henrique Chavez and Amanda Ortzow were once leaders of their respective packs — the Mora boys’ cross country team and the West Las Vegas Lady Dons runners.

    At least on Saturday, they weren’t far from the front for New Mexico Highlands University.

    Chavez was the Cowboys’ No. 2 man behind Ismael Samano. He finished the 8-kilometer men’s course at the University of New Mexico Lobo Invitational in 26:17, good for 23rd place overall. Samano was 16th individually with a time of 25:29.

  • Pushing No. 3

    Highlands’ women’s soccer team extended the No. 3 nationally ranked Saint Rose Golden Knights to 104 minutes — the full 90 minutes plus overtime — before falling 2-1 this past Saturday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Derith Fernandes ended the match with a lengthy shot from the right wing after getting a pass from teammate Laura Taylor.

    Highlands came close to a monumental upset in its first match of the season.