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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 9, 2015

    Congratulations to UWC-USA for raising more than $1 million as part of a fundraising challenge issued by college benefactor Shelby Davis. He pledged to donate $1 million for a scholarship fund for the school if UWC-USA could raise another $1 million. The college announced Tuesday that it had met the goal. The United World College-USA in Montezuma is a jewel, and we’re excited to see the success it is having raising money for its amazing programs.


  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 9, 2015
  • Another Perspective - Why health insurance is important

    By Chris Wolf

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 9, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on college ratings system (Jan. 2):

  • Close call in Cruces

    Kendrick Nichols smiled like a kid on Christmas morning as soon as his shot ripped neatly through the twine, then trotted gingerly upcourt, the infectious grin impossible to remove.

  • St. Mike’s too much for RHS

    Continuing a hearty non-district schedule, the Robertson girls’ basketball team fell at St. Michael’s 52-30 on Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

    The Lady Horsemen, off to an 11-2 start and riding an 11-game win streak, limited Robertson to four points in the first quarter and one on a single free throw in the third.

    St. Mike’s led 16-4 after one period and 26-14 at halftime as RHS battled back for an evenly played quarter. But the home side outscored the Lady Cards 16-1 in the third period to grab a 42-15 lead.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 9, 2015

    • NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • Robertson boys, girls, West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Lovington, 5 p.m., Lovington
    • NMHU at Gut Check Duals, TBA, Olympia, Wash.

  • Hypothermia suspected in death

    A 52-year-old Las Vegas man died in his Montezuma Street home on New Year’s Day, and authorities suspect he succumbed to hypothermia.

    Las Vegas police identified the victim as Frank Ortega, who was well known around the city. He used to work at Walmart but retired a few years ago.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said investigators were waiting for the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque to release its autopsy results, including cause and manner of death.

  • Gearing up for a new semester
  • UWC-USA meets $1M challenge

    Las Vegas Optic

    UWC-USA is starting 2015 with a bang, announcing Tuesday that it has raised more than $1 million and as a result will receive a matching $1 million gift from a benefactor for a scholarship endowment.

    The fundraising challenge was issued 11 months ago by philanthropist Shelby Davis, who wanted more people to support UWC-USA and those who were already supporting the school to contribute more.