Today's News

  • Free concert slated for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

     Highlands University presents the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium.
    Lt. Col. Daniel Price conducts the award-winning U.S. Air Force Academy Band, which is known for the beauty and professionalism of its concerts as well as the musical variety.

  • State GOP extends delegate deadline

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Republican Party of New Mexico is keeping the door open for national delegate applicants amid a push by the Donald Trump campaign to mobilize supporters.

    State party spokesman Tucker Keene announced Monday that consideration will be given for two additional weeks to applicants who missed the April 15 deadline to vie for a delegate seat at the GOP national convention this summer in Cleveland.

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 20, 2016
  • Editorial: Officials must step up

    The resignation of West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez brings an end to an unfortunate chapter in the school district’s history.

    Benavidez had served on the board for more than a year, voting on contracts, policies and personnel matters. But it turns out that Benavidez wasn’t qualified to serve on the board due to a 2002 felony drug conviction.

    Under state law, a felon is not eligible to hold public office unless the individual has received a pardon or has had his or her political rights fully restored.

  • A work of Art: Can one be avauntular?

    Often I appreciate and therefore adopt new words. At a gathering where I ran into a niece, I heard her say, “You’re so avuncular.” The “ular” ending told me the word likely is an adjective, which it is. I’d heard and used the word before, and I’m glad of my specific relationship with Kathy: I’m her uncle, and to her, I’m avuncular, I suppose because I act like an uncle.

  • Looking Back April 20, 2015

    Tuesday, April 19, 1966 — Gilbert Gonzales, 20, has qualified to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., as a midshipman. Gonzales will report to the Academy in June to commence his Naval career. Gonzales is a 1965 graduate of Robertson High School. While there he participated in many school activities and held several offices in the student body as well as being voted the outstanding athlete of the year during his senior year.

  • Weather April 20, 2016


    HIGH 67° / LOW 36°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

    6:25 a.m. to 7:36 p.m.



    HIGH 65° / LOW 39°

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

    6:24 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.

  • Students of the month - April 20, 2016
  • Noticias April 20, 2016

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    •Lions Club Glasses Collection Boxes are at the following locations. Banks: Community First, Legion; Southwest Capital, Douglas; State Employees Credit Union, Mills. Optical: Eye Associates, Infinite Vision, Insight Optical, Walmart, Other: Alta Vista Hospital Gift Shop, Legion. Used glasses are repaired then donated to charity groups serving those in need around the world.

  • Highlands’ Career Fair set for Thursday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students and alumni have the opportunity to meet a record number of employers and recruiters at the university’s annual Spring Career Fair on Thursday.

    The free event requires no pre-registration and will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, 800 National Ave.