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Today's News

  • Cowgirl and Cowboy Pride

    Many Highlands University teams, groups, clubs and organizations participated in the school’s Homecoming festivities, which ran from Sept. 8-17. Here are photos taken by Margaret McKinney of NMHU; look for Theresa Wesner’s photos in Sunday’s Optic.

  • Highlands sends team for hurricane relief

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is sending a 40-member team of faculty, students and staff to Texas to provide aid to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which experts are calling the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall in south-central Texas late Aug. 25 as a category-four hurricane, the highest ranking, with winds topping 130 miles per hour. The hurricane brought heavy rains of up to 50 inches in some areas.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    Friday, Sept. 29

    Pecos National Historical Park invites you to an evening under the stars for a one-time showing of Mrs. Miniver featuring Oscar-award winning actress Greer Garson. Join us on Ms. Garson’s birthday at 7 p.m. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the release of the film. Admission to the movie is free, but due to limited space, reservations are required. Bring a flashlight and dress appropriately for a fall evening in northern New Mexico. For information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

  • Noticias, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

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

    • The Alcoholics Anonymous local hotline is 505-425-3577.

    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • Comedor Soup Kitchen will offer a second evening meal at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall on the Plaza. Join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 4 p.m. for a hot meal and good company. Fresh produce and bread often available, as well as food pantry bags.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Regulators approve solar proposal

    SANTA FE — Residents in some of the most remote corners of the Navajo Nation will have access to phone and internet service under a plan approved by New Mexico utility regulators.

    The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to a plan by Sacred Wind Communications to use the New Mexico Universal Service Fund to help pay for individual solar units that can be used on homes without electricity.

  • NMHU Distinguished Retired Staff: Darlene Chavez

    NOTE: This is part of a series of profiles of the eight 2017 Distinguished Alumni and others being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Darlene Chavez retired from Highlands in 2016 after 25 years of service in business-related management positions. For the last 15 years of her Highlands’ tenure, Chavez was the development finance officer in the Advancement Office, which includes the Foundation and Alumni Offices.

  • Coyote Ranger District plans prescribed burns

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE — Fire managers in the Coyote Ranger District of Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between late September and Dec. 31, 2017.

    Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:

    • The French Mesa treatment area (5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina);

  • American Cardinals

    Theresa Wesner/ For the Optic

    It’s Homecoming week at Robertson High School, meaning the usual theme days leading up to Friday’s assembly, parade and 7 p.m. Homecoming football game against Taos.

    Monday was “American Day.” RHS freshmen CeCe Barela, Ashlyn Trujillo and Kyle Conway and sophomores Aaliyah Apodacaand Remijo Chavez seemed to enjoy dressing for the ocassion.

  • Homecoming showdown

    Homecoming, indeed.

    One Robertson High School alumnus is returning to his old stadium, and he’s hoping his team — not the host Cardinals — will be flying high when Friday’s Homecoming game is done. While it’s not Taos head football coach Art Abreu Jr.’s first antagonistic encounter with his alma mater, this figures to be his best chance yet to lead the Tigers to an upset.

    Like Robertson, Taos is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in District 2-4A. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps ratings right behind the No. 2 Cardinals.

  • Roundup: Spikers ace another test; Lady Dons get 2nd win

    Ranked second in Class 4A, Robertson volleyball (9-1) has had a robust early schedule this season, having already played three other teams in the top five.

    The latest of those matches came Tuesday night: a straight-sets win at No. 3-ranked St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

    Game scores were 25-12, 25-16, 25-22.

    Brandee Fulgenzi led Robertson with 13 kills and 23 digs. Alianza Darley had 13 kills and seven blocks. Lauren Fulgenzi logged 33 assists. Ashlea Lujan and Taylor Jackson combined for 35 digs.