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Today's News

  • Yjastros Flamenco dance company to perform at Highlands

    Correction — A front page story in Sunday’s Optic contained incorrect information on ticket prices for Friday’s Yjastros Vivo Flamenco Concert. Children 12 and younger will be charged $8 for admission.

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    Highlands University presents Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company in concert at 7 p.m., Friday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Yjastros, now in its 31st season, is an internationally acclaimed flamenco company based in Albuquerque.

  • 2 Navajo women may have been first GI Janes

    By Charles Brunt
    The Albuquerque Journal

    While compiling a lengthy list of Sandoval County veterans — from the Civil War through Vietnam — retired Army colonel and amateur historian David C’de Baca made an intriguing find: Two Navajo women who served as scouts with the Army’s 20th Infantry Regiment in the summer of 1886 could be the first women to have officially been enlisted in the U.S. Army.

  • Paying Tribute to Veterans
  • How Trump could affect key areas of economy

    By Josh Boak and Bernard Condon
    The Associated Press

    Donald Trump won the presidency by pledging to restore a vanished and golden economic era, when growth roared, factory jobs flourished and America sat unchallenged atop the global economy.

    Yet he never offered much of a roadmap.

  • Post-election, what’s this strange relationship we’re in?

    By Leanne Italie
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The election is over, so what about all those frayed relationships among loved ones?

    Mothers and sons, sisters and brothers, friends unfriended — it’s been tough for some on opposing sides who must now figure out the way forward. They wonder what their ties will feel like a month from now. A year. What about the holidays?

    Leigh Anne O’Connor in Manhattan already has her answer, and her heart broke.

  • Nepotism at Luna shameful

    The long-awaited audit of Luna Community College is finally complete, and, as expected, the picture it paints of the college’s president and its board of trustees isn’t very flattering.

    Indeed, it’s downright shameful.

    We wish we could say we are surprised by the findings of nepotism, cronyism and favoritism detailed in the audit report, which was prepared by the state Higher Education Department, but the reality is that everybody knew what was happening at Luna.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 13, 2016
  • Another Perspective: Highlands remains affordable

    By Sam Minner

    The College Board recently released its list of most affordable institutions by region. Once again, Highlands University is the most affordable four-year university in New Mexico and the third most affordable four-year institution in the entire Southwest.

  • Just a Thought: Presidential wisdom through the years

    By Rick Kraft

    A few years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend a week in Washington D.C. We enjoyed our visit to the nation’s capitol. While there we visited monuments, museums, the National Zoo, the White House, our Capitol building, Ford Theater, and nearby Gettysburg.

    At a gift shop in a Smithsonian museum, I bought a book entitled “I Wish I Knew That, U.S. Presidents.” The book had a couple of pages on each of our 44 Presidents.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 13, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on why Donald Trump should be a statesman (Nov. 9):
    Congratulations, Mr. Trump. You’re hired.

    The presidency is the biggest job America has to offer, and come Jan. 20, it’s yours. We wish you every success. All of us who live in this great nation depend on strong leadership from you now.