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  • 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.

  • The Associated Press

    JACKSON, Tenn.  — There’s something special about the stew sold each year by the Three Way Community Club in Jackson.

    According to The Jackson Sun, cars lined the driveway and parking lot of the club’s building on Monday as people dropped by to purchase some of the famous stew that’s sold every Labor Day.

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Take advantage of Jazz Sunday at the Pendaries Community Center when the talented and versatile Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet present their 2012 tone mix from San Miguel County’s ready bounty of acoustic adventures. Their show starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Pendaries Community Center.  Here is what’s in store for you:

  • By Sara Moulton
    For The Associated Press

    Labor Day generally gets people thinking about grilling up the last of summer’s burgers and steaks. Allow me to suggest setting aside tradition in favor of a leaner alternative, namely, a full-bodied fillet of salmon. And topping it off is not a slice or two of cheese, but a robust, chunky, vegetable-packed vinaigrette.

    You won’t be sorry. And you won’t miss the burgers and steak.

  • The Associated Press

    When we think of steaming, we generally think stovetop cooking. And during the heat of summer, that can make this very healthy form of cooking seem very unappealing.

    But the folks at Cooking Light magazine have come up with a simple way to enjoy a delicious steamed dinner without the fuss (or heat) of indoor cooking. For this deliciously spicy shrimp, black bean and corn dish, they use the grill to get the job done. The results are quick and easy, and you don’t need to heat up your kitchen.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Poet John Trudell will join his poet daughter, New Mexico Highlands University student Tara Evonne Trudell, on stage at 5 p.m. this Sunday at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium for an evening of spoken word and poetry.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    This summer, celebrate the power of music through the 29th Season of Music from Angel Fire, the Festival that brings exquisite chamber music to the magnificent mountains of Northern New Mexico.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Music from Angel Fire will present a free concert entitled “The Rejected Masterpiece,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Shuler Theater in Raton.

    The all-too-human professors at the Paris Conservatory made an infamous mistake when they rejected Ravel’s attempt at winning the Prix du Rome with his submission of the first movement of his glorious String Quartet.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Salads can be a great way to pile on the vegetables, not to mention serve as a fine canvas for showing off summer's bounty.

    But sometimes — OK, a lot of times — eating a plate full of greens can be a bit boring. Then there are the toppings. Too often, we are tempted to pile on fatty toppings like cheese, bacon, seeds and nuts, or rich dressings, all in an attempt to amplify the flavor.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Summer makes us long for the grill. But by the end of the season, even our favorite burgers and dogs can feel a bit tired.

  • By Sara Moulton
    For The Associated Press

    There are few foods as simple, delicious and complete as fresh seasonal corn on the cob. When it’s really fresh, I’ll even eat it raw. No boiling, no butter, no salt. It’s perfectly sweet and tender right off the stalk.