.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Features

  • By Anne D’Innocenzio
    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.

    The world’s largest retailer is throwing its doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. It’s also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

  • By Mark Jewell
    AP Personal Finance Writer

    BOSTON — Thanksgiving could be an opportune time to talk turkey about family finances, rather than merely eat the bird and prepare for the next big holiday. A detailed discussion could prove to be worthwhile, given the strong likelihood that older parents and their adult children have conflicting expectations about issues such as elder care, retirement security and inheritance.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    ALBUQUERQUE – For Justin Montoya and his mother, Rosemarie Montoya, winning a New Mexico Lottery prize was a scream.

    The Las Vegas residents won $50,000 playing a $5 “Diamond Mine 9X” Scratcher that they bought after stopping for gas.  Justin Montoya, who paid for the ticket, let his mother play the game while he drove. 

    When his mother revealed the five-figure prize, he said she erupted.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization held its 11th annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant last month at West Las Vegas High School.  Six beautiful and talented little girls competed for the title in four phases of competition: talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery features the pictorial history exhibit, New Mexico’s African American Legacy – Visible, Vital and Valuable, with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

    The Ray Drew Gallery is in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15, 2013. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • By Lindsey Tanner
    AP Medical Writer

  • From The Associated Press

    Suit brought over ‘death’

    CHICAGO — The parents of an 8-year-old boy who has had severe brain damage for years have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging that doctors pronounced their son dead, keeping him off his ventilator for hours, even though relatives continued to insist that the boy’s eyes and body were still moving.

  • By Lauran Neergaard
    AP Medical Writer
    WASHINGTON — Freezing human eggs can be successful in treating infertility, but guidelines issued Friday still urge caution for women hoping to pause a ticking biological clock.
    Egg freezing had long been labeled experimental, but the American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared that’s no longer the case. The group cited studies that found younger women are about as likely to get pregnant if they used frozen-and-thawed eggs for their infertility treatment as if they used fresh ones.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University presents journalist and author Stephen Fried in a free public talk Oct. 23 about the local Harvey Houses at the Montezuma Castle and the Castañeda Hotel.
    The talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Burris Hall Room 129, 903 National Ave.

    Fried is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of five books, including the 2010 nonfiction Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West One Meal at a Time.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Who would have thought a little girl from Las Vegas would get to live in Spain at a young age?  Ten years ago Cheryl Conway was crowned the first Little Miss Las Vegas at the age of 12, and today she is living and studying in Granada, Spain.  

    “It shows that through vision, hard work and persistence dreams can come true” said Philip Ortiz, executive director, of the Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lauded New Mexico Highlands University for its environmental research at the Wind River Ranch during the dedication of the property as the new Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge last Thursday.

    “This place will become a mecca for environmental education and research in New Mexico and the U.S. through Highlands University and other partnerships,” Salazar said. “Today we are taking a very significant step in creating the 21st century conservation agenda.”

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents a faculty lecture series on a wide variety of topics  Oct. 4-5 during homecoming week. The lectures are free and open to the public.

    The Oct. 4 lectures include:

    Belinda Laumbach, Ph.D., education professor, presents on “The Latest Middle School Drama: New Common Core State Standards and Research” at 10 a.m., Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Parents of New Mexico Highlands University students will have the opportunity to get a taste of campus life during Parents Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

    “This is going to be an informative, fun and festive weekend for parents,” said Yvette Wilkes, housing director. “First, they’ll learn about academic expectations and all the support services we offer students on campus. Then, the parents will get to relax and enjoy some of the social aspects of campus with their student.”  

  • By Jennifer Rowland
    United World College-USA

    Armand Hammer loved a challenge. When Lord Louis Mountbatten wondered out loud how Hammer might succeed in founding a United World College in the United States when others before him had failed, Hammer was confident. “I’d be happy to help you,” he told Mountbatten and His Royal Highness Prince Charles in 1978.

  • By Emily Withnall
    United World College

    Ted Lockwood may have been United World College-USA’s first president, but as anyone who has read his book “Dreams & Promises: The Story of the Armand Hammer United World College” knows, he also played a critical role in the school’s founding.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts today.

    Dress up days are: Monday - Super Hero day, Tuesday - Disney Day, Wednesday - Gender Bender Day, Thursday - Class Color Day (Freshman - orange, sophomores - pink, juniors - blue and seniors - purple) and Friday - Green and Gold day.

    A pep assembly is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday at the high school gymnasium followed by a car rally.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    VAULT, an internationally acclaimed aerial dance company, is coming to Peñasco Theatre this Saturday and Sunday.

    The brainchild of Amy Ell, a performance artist with more than 20 years of dance and theatre under her belt, VAULT tours nationally and internationally and challenges the conventions of contemporary dance.

  • By Sara Moulton
    For The Associated Press

    Toward the end of every summer, my family and I abandon New York City for my parents’ Massachusetts farmhouse, where the fields out back are lined with blueberry bushes. Some years the crop is tiny. Other years it is so good we are overwhelmed, calling up visions of Lucille Ball wrapping chocolates in the candy factory.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Lemonade and iced tea are two of the most refreshing summer beverages. Mixed together they offer the best of both beverages. This punch uses a base of black and mint teas combined with freshly squeezed citrus juices and a touch of sugar to create the perfect barbecue accompaniment.