Today's News

  • Special visit with Santa
  • Highlands students’ work to be displayed in show

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts students will showcase their work at a winter show starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    The show is the premiere exhibit in the Media Arts and Technology Department’s new state-of-the-art facility in the Trolley Building at 1183 San Francisco Ave. Tours will be given of the restored historic landmark during the show.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 4, 2016

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    An arts and crafts fair will take place at the Ribera Community Cultural Center. For more information, call Lucia at 575-421-3114.

    6 p.m.
    The Third Annual Electric/Memorial Light Parade will take place in Mora. The parade starts at Helping Hands with lineup taking place at 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m. along Hwy 518. Sponsored by the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 575-387-6072 or 575-455-0237.


  • Students of the month - Dec. 4, 2016
  • Dear Teacher - Dec. 4, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I wanted to write and tell you about the long-term benefits of hosting students from foreign countries in your homes. When he was 14, Pablo spent a summer with our family in a program sponsored by an organization in Spain.
    Everything worked out so well that he spent every summer in high school with us as well as part of his senior year in high school. Our family visited his family in Spain twice, and his visited us twice.

  • Sports of winter 2016-17

    Tuesday, Dec. 6
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Clayton, 4 p.m., Clayton
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    Wednesday, Dec. 7
    • Mora boys (A,B) vs. Pecos, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 4 p.m., Tucumcari

    Thursday, Dec. 8

  • East, Pecos districts improve grades

    By Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Only six of 89 school districts in New Mexico earned an A on performance evaluations by the state, but more districts saw improving grades than declining ones, according to a report released Tuesday by the Public Education Department.
    Most grades issued by the state to school districts have remained the same over the past two school years, the report states.

    Las Vegas City Schools and Pecos Independent Schools saw their district grades increase one letter to C. The previous year both districts received D grades.

  • Aiming for a title

    It’s been almost one full year since the Robertson Cardinals lost a football game.

    That 12-game winning streak, which has brought them a No. 1 ranking and plenty of notoriety across New Mexico, will be on the line Saturday when the team visits Portales for the Class 4A state championship.

    Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at the new Greyhound Stadium.

    “We kind of downplay our record,” said RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez. “As bad as it sounds, if we don’t win this thing (Saturday), it’s all for naught.”

  • Bilingual teachers to be recognized at light parade

    By Lee Einer
    City of Las Vegas

    Representatives of the bilingual/ immersion program will be Grand Marshals of the City’s Electric Light Parade.

  • State struggles with shrinking revenue

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico government revenue streams declined by more than 9 percent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, state fiscal analysts announced Tuesday.

    The Legislative Finance Committee released figures Tuesday that show general fund revenues fell to $1.3 billion for the three-month period ending in September — down 9.4 percent compared with the same period last year. Revenues for the month of September were down nearly 12 percent from a year ago.