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Today's News

  • Clifford out as NMHU A.D.

    Bob Clifford is reportedly out as New Mexico Highlands University athletic director.

    University spokesman Sean Weaver confirmed that Clifford had submitted his resignation Tuesday, although it is unclear whether he is leaving on his own terms. The resignation was made effective immediately on Tuesday.

    Craig Snow, who is Highlands’ men’s basketball coach, has taken over as interim athletic director. No details on any severance package or contract buyout – if any -- were immediately disclosed.

  • Funeral director gets license

    Submitted to the Optic

    Dwight J. Torres, Sr., of Las Vegas, recently attained his Funeral Service Provider License.

    Torres joins the ranks of approximately 100 active licensed funeral directors in the State of New Mexico and is one of about 6 active licensed funeral directors within the City of Las Vegas.

    Torres retired from the New Mexico Department of Transportation in June of 2009. Prior to retirement, he joined the staff of Nelson Funeral Home, doing evening and weekend transports and cemetery set-ups.

  • For those who served

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    Darren Cordova y Calor were the headliners of Sunday’s Fourth Annual Salute to the Troops, which brought hundreds of spectators and dancing music fans to Las Vegas’ Plaza Park.

    Cordova and his band were joined by the artist Gonzalo, who joined with Abby Sanger for helping organize the event, along with Cuarenta y Cinco and others, in entertaining the crowd.

    Gonzalo and others thanked the City of Las Vegas for allowing an all-day closure of the plaza and Bridge Street and helping the event run smoothly.

  • In Brief - Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    The Associated Press

    GOP: Aid for Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON — The top Republican leaders in Congress are promising help for devastated Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with Speaker Paul Ryan calling it a “humanitarian crisis.”

    Both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that they are working with the Trump administration and awaiting word on what resources and disaster relief will be needed. Hurricane Maria has left millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico without food, water and housing.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Wednesday, Sept. 27

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Center, in participation with the City of Las Vegas Museum, will be hosting a guest lecture at 6:30 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management will be discussing National Preparedness Month and the need for emergency preparedness. The event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Contact the City of Las Vegas Museum at 505-426-3205 for information.

    Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Noticias, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

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

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

    • The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers to Prepare and serve lunch on Thursdays. It is an ecumenical ministry. All are welcome. Call 425-7283 for information.

  • Highlands on list of ‘best bang for the buck’ institutions

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    New Mexico Highlands University is a leading college in the best bang for the buck category, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

    In a study published in August 2017, Washington Monthly ranked Highlands 74th in the Western United States for colleges that help non-wealthy students attain a marketable degree at affordable prices. Highlands earned the highest ranking of any public college or university in New Mexico in Washington Monthly’s “bang for the buck” category.

  • Cross Country: Royal welcome at Kings Stadium

    Nothing was going to stop Natalia Marrujo from having a great race — her first home meet as a collegian — on Saturday morning at Kings Stadium.

    Not rain. Not mud. Not a killer hill that had mere mortals swearing in broken breaths (but had cross country pain-lovers vowing to return for more).

    Marrujo, who won a state championship for Mora last November, raced to sixth place (20:05) and helped New Mexico Highlands’ women to third as a team.

  • Football: Dons, Cards win big

    Antonio Bustamante turned Friday night’s football game at Pojoaque Valley into his own highlight reel.

    The West Las Vegas junior ran for six touchdowns and a 2-point conversion as the Dons (3-2) took a mercy-rule-shortened 52-0 win in the District 2-4A opener.

    West’s defense stuffed the Elks consistently and didn’t give up a first down until the second quarter. In the meantime, Bustamante had run for twin 24-yard touchdowns, and John Balizan had connected with older brother David on a 32-yard strike to make it 20-0.

  • Weekend roundup: State final preview?

    Reaching a tournament title match for the second weekend in a row, the Robertson volleyball team this time got a close look at Sandia Prep, one of the favorites to win state.

    The Lady Cards, having finished as Class 4A runner-up last November, are also in that category. In fact, MaxPreps has the Sundevils and Lady Cards as No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. But Sandia Prep, host of the weekend tourney, came up with a straight-sets win, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23, on Saturday evening in the Sundevil Invite.