Today's News

  • Highlands mourns loss of chemistry professor

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Las Vegas Optic reports Highlands University is mourning the Sept. 4 death of Robert Amai, a beloved chemistry professor emeritus.

    Amai taught full time at Highlands from 1962 to 1988, chairing the Chemistry Department from 1969 to 1974. In 1986, he became the first faculty member to receive the Professor of the Year Award and Distinguished Service to the University Award in a single year.

    After retiring, Amai stepped in as needed to teach chemistry classes and lead research projects at Highlands.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

    9.12.2017 TUESDAY Sept. 12

    Highlands University invites you to show your Purple Pride! Decorate your home or business for Highlands Homecoming using purple and white and incorporating the 2017 Homecoming theme, “Highlands Home Field Advantage: Blazing New Trails.” Call 454-3248 to register and be eligible for the contest. Judging takes place on Tuesday.

    9.13.2017 WEDNESDAY Sept. 13

  • NMHU art show slated

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A 15-year-old violinist concentrates on his complex music in Nacho Jaramillo’s painting Virtuoso. Foreboding rust-colored clouds approach in Johanna Keenan’s painting Sand Dunes Before a Storm.

    A Brazilian educator and American linguist, both renowned philosophers, are depicted in Erin Currier’s painting Paolo Freire y Noam Chomsky. Golden aspens shimmer on a sunny day in Priscilla Wiggins’ painting Vances Autumn.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Moms usually have patience for goofy ideas

    By Editha Bartley

    The hummingbird population here at the ranch is now in very full swing. Friends asked me how many hummers I was feeding, and I have to say I have no idea.

    Counting hummingbirds at my four feeders is like counting the legs on a herd of cattle, then dividing by four, as an old timer told me a long time ago. I wish I had stock in a sugar producing company at this time of year. And thankfully we have lots of mountain flowers in full bloom now for these little birds to enjoy as well.

  • You can’t assign someone to care


    Caring — specifically about how well public servants are serving their fellow New Mexicans and if our tax dollars are being used wisely and according to established laws and rules — can’t be taught to anyone.

    It’s an innate interest and enthusiasm that comes from wanting the best for every student, every citizen and every visitor to the area. That kind of caring is one of the many attributes Mercy López-Acosta brought to the Optic during her seven-year stint as a full-time reporter and features editor.

  • A new chapter has started

    Showing Mercy — By MercyLópez-Acosta

    My time at the Optic has come to a close.

    Since my return to the Optic nearly seven years ago, I have written hundreds of articles, taken thousands of photos, and spent countless hours meeting and talking to people. My work has been seen in edition after edition.

    But as of Wednesday, it came to halt as I have since resigned as features editor of the Las Vegas Optic.

  • Stories connecting at this very moment

    Just a thought — By Rick Kraft

    In your life may you positively impact the lives of others you never meet in places you have never been. What is your story? You didn’t just wake up today after being dropped here from a distant planet.

    Where you are today on the path of life is a result of what happened yesterday, the day before, the day before, and so on. I will walk out on a limb and say that where you are today is no accident.

  • Saying no to straws can be a tiny step

    Beth Speaks for Herself — By Beth Urech 

    When I ask for water in a restaurant, I say politely, “Please don’t bring me a straw.”

    More than 50 percent of the time, the server returns with a straw sticking right there in the glass of water. Hardly anyone listens carefully nowadays. Do you agree?

  • Volleyball: RHS wins marquee matchup

    Excelling from the service line, Robertson volleyball looked in midseason form Thursday night, sweeping to a 3-0 win over Mora in the Lady Cardinals’ home opener at Mike Marr Gym.

    It was a marquee matchup — pitting the Class 3A state champion Rangerettes against the Class 4A runner-up Lady Cards — that never lived up to its billing. Robertson did not trail at any point in winning 25-7, 25-10, 25-12.

  • Soccer roundup: Cowgirls battle to tie at WTAMU

     Zinnia Hannig’s goal in the 18th minute — coupled with a strong defensive performance from the team — was enough to secure New Mexico Highlands’ women a 1-1 tie at West Texas A&M on Thursday in Canyon, Texas. Hannig, who was assisted by Abigail Chavez, took advantage of a bad clear attempt by the Lady Buffs.

    WTAMU answered less than seven minutes later when Marlene van Mourik took a shot set up by Shanelle Arjoon and Mackenzie Taylor, tying the match. Neither side could break through again.