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Today's News

  • Chihuahua students in Las Vegas

    Students from Highlands and Chihuahua universities have been sharing knowledge and information during a three-year collaboration, where the goal is to help the exploited and downtrodden on both sides of the border.

    Eight students from Chihuahua and their advisers were welcomed last week as they arrived for an intensive two-week course at the School of Social Work. Students from Highlands have made the trip to Mexico twice, and this is the second time students from Chihuahua have come to Las Vegas for training.

  • Fort Union's Junior Ranger Day

    What did kids do on a sunny day 150 years ago, before the invention of the iPod, mp3 player, X-box or cell phone? Children can find out on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Fort Union National Monument when the National Park Service celebrates Junior Ranger Day. This is in association with National Park Week, specifically “kids in parks” and away from the TV and video games. By celebrating the Junior Ranger program, children are connected to American history and the natural and urban wonders within our parks. The program urges children to explore and protect these resources.

  • Sapello man wins $50,000

    A decision to kill time playing a Scratcher game paid off handsomely for Sapello resident Joe Montoya.

    Last Tuesday, Montoya purchased two “Super Crossword” Scratcher games to keep him company in an auto mechanic’s waiting room. After revealing 10 words such as “claw,” “epic” and “announce,” the 58-year-old rancher left his appointment with a prize-winning ticket worth $50,000.

    “At first, I thought that it couldn’t be true,” he said.

  • Synergy Fest offers darkness and light

    Demogorgon’s music hits the listener’s ears with a surprising mix of melodic electric guitar arpeggios accented by driving drum riffs and a lead singer’s deliberately muffled lyrics.

  • New West official vows to save money

    The West Las Vegas School board has been pushing to hire someone to oversee construction at the district after rising costs of change orders during the construction at Valley School and other schools.

    Jerry Maestas, a former building inspector for the state Construction Industries Division, was hired to watch over all building projects at West. He is also a trustee at Luna Community College.

  • NMHU's Student Art Show

    A ceramic buddha laughs, his skin the hue of weathered copper. He holds a twist of prayer beads below an expanded belly, tiny legs folded on a vibrant purple lotus bud.

    The careful work of NMHU art student Mc Kaila Dorman, the sculpture is on display through May 1 as part of the semiannual Student Art Show at the Burris Hall Gallery.

    “This is something we do every semester,” explains Highlands Associate Professor of Art, David Lobdell. “We try to create a program that gives students the opportunity to be trained professionally.”

  • Organizations come out in force

    Kids were having a lot of fun going from booth to booth Saturday at the Dia de Los Nios event, or “Children’s Day,” at the city’s recreation center. More than 35 businesses and organizations set up booths and provided food, prizes and their time to raise money for children who need homes.

    Tanya Gonzales, Victory Home Health marketing director, said the fair was held to raise money for the state Children Youth and Families Department and will go to kids in San Miguel County who need foster care.

  • Ex-jail guard pleads guilty to bribe

    A former San Miguel County jail guard has pleaded guilty to accepting an offer of a bribe to allow two inmates to have sex. Another guard is facing a charge of raping an inmate.

    Meanwhile, the attorney for the alleged rape victim has put the county on notice that she may sue for her suffering because of the alleged incident.

    The cases have prompted the jail to consider additional measures to prevent such situations from happening.

  • Auditor urges more transparency

    New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas has met with Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez and has made recommendations for better budgeting and more transparent government, he told the Optic on Monday.

    “We recommended a city audit committee and citizen-centric reporting,” Balderas said. “The mayor is supportive.”

    The audit committee would be trained to use auditing for city government oversight and would work with the state auditor’s office to explore areas of concern. Balderas said the committee should consist of a portion of the council.

  • Las Vegas EDC works to stimulate entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship as a means of growing local economies is on the upswing, an official said.

    Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, said the idea of looking at local resources and evaluating local gaps in products and services is one way to build from within.