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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - June 18, 2017

    MONDAY
    June 19
    New Mexico Highlands University Swimming pool will offer swim lessons for children ages 4 and older, starting June 19. The lessons will run Monday through Thursday, at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at a cost of $30 for eight lessons. Registration will take place until Monday, June 19 before each session. For more information, call 454-3073.

    6.20.2017
    TUESDAY

    9 a.m.

  • Noticias - June 18, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
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    • First Born program provides services to families in San Miguel and Mora counties. It is a free and confidential home visiting program. To learn more about the program, or to schedule an informational visit, call 454-1343.

    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call 454-0223 or visit the office.

  • Drug prices should be lower — in theory

    This editorial was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 9.

    One issue where most Americans — 76 percent of them — find common ground is the high price of prescription drugs.

    President Donald Trump campaigned on the issue and since his inauguration repeatedly has promised to bring drug prices down. Most Democrats and many Republicans in Congress agree. So why has nothing happened?

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 18, 2017
  • Just a Thought: If you wait to give praise, you may be too late

    By Rick Kraft

    Why is it usually the case that the most positive collection of thoughts ever spoken about a person are shared after the person dies? We always hear such kind words spoken at a person’s funeral. Why do we wait until a person is gone to speak uplifting words about them?

  • Another Perspective: Changes needed at Luna — immediately

    By Joe McCaffrey

    Las Vegas Optic readers have asked, What can be done about the governance of Luna Community College?

    The news is grim, the LCC Board of Trustees seems to be totally out of control. Nepotism and discord seem to be rampant; orderly fiscal procedures are often neglected; there are even reports of potential illegal activities. The Secretary of the New Mexico of Higher Education Department, Barbara Damron, has placed Luna in the NMHED Enhanced Fiscal Oversight Program following a preliminary review of Luna operations.

  • Another Perspective: Here are four critical books all leaders must read

    By Vidal Martinez

    After reading more than one-thousand books, 10 years leading volunteer firefighters, 13 years as a college administrator, a lifelong teacher, parent, and now a manager, I have identified four critical books leaders must read.

  • Students volunteer to teach revolutionary device

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University students are volunteering in Namibia, Africa, this summer teaching medical students and others how to use a revolutionary hand-held portable diagnostic ultrasound device that has the power to save lives.

    Molly Enenbach, a 2016 Highlands biology graduate who begins medical school in August, and James Foster, a Highlands biology senior, are demonstrating how to use the low wattage device the size of a smartphone or computer tablet that is used to diagnose disease and trauma conditions.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Summer is a fun time at Gascon Ranch

    Suddenly it is summer. Spring here in the mountains comes and goes quickly. The ranch chores and the farming chores keep all of us busy. Thankfully the days are long and warm so the work gets done without many complications.

  • All-state teams

    One last set of postseason honors poured in earlier this month for the state’s top prep baseball and softball players — including five from the Meadow City.