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Today's News

  • Record number of students at GEAR UP Event

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A record number of approximately 900 middle and high school students from across the state visited the New Mexico Highlands campus Feb. 28 to get a head start on becoming college students.
    The students were on campus for a GEAR UP New Mexico college visit Highlands co-hosted. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

  • Easter and a man who lived long ago

    By Rick Kraft

    I think from time to time, “What if everybody in our community went to church on the same Sunday?” What would that be like? Every seat in every church could be filled and there could be people who would have to stand outside the sanctuaries or be turned away.

    It's Easter weekend. There will be more people in church today than any other Sunday the entire year. Nationally, church attendance will climb an average of 25% on this one day.

  • It’s about Wonder Woman — and me

    At some point during last Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes.
    The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, holding up a handmade sign: “I cannot stand by while innocent lives are lost. ­They had most likely seen Gal Gadot utter those very words as Wonder Woman in the 2017 film, and now they saw themselves in her. What a lift on such a somber day!

  • One sunset, one sunrise

    Saturday, March 24, we witnessed the birth of something spiritual among young students. 

    The following day, a person who symbolized a different type of student struggle passed away.

    The March for Our Lives symbolizes a generation of young leaders taking their future into their own hands, in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and more than 800 other U.S. cities.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Business as usual
    I am writing this in the hopes that you will have the guts to print a letter that expresses disappointment in your lack of coverage of the recent Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer visit to Luna Community College.

    Your failure to cover the efforts put forth by LCC students, staff, faculty and administration is disappointing and, unfortunately, business as usual for the Optic.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 1, 2018.

  • Locals earn all-state and North All-Star acclaim

    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced its all-state and North-South honorees for the recently concluded prepbasketball season.

    North-South eligibility is limited to members of each year’s graduating class, while all-state selection is open to all classes.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 1-4

    SUNDAY (April 1)
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Rio  Rancho, 4 p.m., WLV field
    Softball
    • Robertson JV vs. St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field

  • Growing Isiaha: For onetime Dons point guard, gratitiude is big

    When Isaiha Gallegos was a little boy he told his grandma Josephine that one day when he grew up he was going to buy her a mansion and hire assistants to help her around the house.

    See, Isaiha Gallegos appreciates many things in life. Perhaps he appreciates his grandma and his grandfather Ruben the most. The duo raised Isaiha from the age of one. They also raised Isaiha’s older sister.

  • City moves cleanup date

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to the Easter and Good Friday holidays, the Ward 3 Clean-up and Amnesty Day originally scheduled for March 31 has been rescheduled for April 7 and will happen in conjunction with the Ward 4 Clean-up and Amnesty Day.

    Also, City of Las Vegas offices will close at noon on Friday in observance of Good Friday.