• By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A 2016 Highlands University graduate with a double major in criminal justice and psychology has her pick of nine top public and private law schools across the U.S.

    Jamie Allen earned a 4.0 at Highlands and will walk the stage at the Highlands commencement on Saturday to pick up her bachelor’s degree diploma. Her minor is in sociology.

  • Friday, May 13, 1966 — The school and convent at Our Lady of Sorrows parish, on New Mexico Avenue, were blessed and dedicated by the Rt. Rev. James Peter Davis, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Fe Thursday. Conrad Hilton, hotel man and philanthropist, gave $100,000 in an outright donation and another $100,000 spread over a 15-year period.

  • Friday

    HIGH 83° / LOW 45°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    Friday might — a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

    5:57 a.m. to 7:58 p.m.




  • Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will offer Compass Placement exam workshops for math and English from Monday, May 16 to Thursday, May 19 at the Las Vegas campus. 

    Many students who are planning on attending LCC or New Mexico Highlands University have to take the Compass Placement exams to determine what math or English classes they will be required to take when they start college. 

  • 5.13.2016

    1 to 2 p.m.

  • •Highlands Alumni Affairs office asks you to nominate an individual in one of the following categories to be honored at this year’s Homecoming Celebration: Distinguished Alum, Distinguished Young Alum, Distinguished Retired Faculty, Forever Cowboy Student Award, and Spirit Award. Follow the link nmhualumni.org/homecoming to read more and to fill out the simple online form. Any questions, call Juli Salman at 426-2155.

  • Thursday, May 12, 1966 — Mary London Walker, a senior from Houston, was crowned Miss Southwest Wind 1966 at the annual pageant in University Hall. Other finalists were Nancy Walkers, Gayle Gallagher, Rita Greene and Olivia Lovato. The judges were Orlando Maes, Jim Grebe, Bill Roush, Stuart Beck and Dennis Mitchell.

  • Wednesday

    HIGH 73° / LOW 40°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

    5:59 a.m. to 7:56 p.m.




  • 5.11.2016

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    1 to 2 p.m.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas resident and retired Judge J. Michael Kavanaugh was honored on April 4 at the 2016 Lifesavers Conference in Long Beach, Calif. 

    Mark Rosekind, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Administration, presented the National Public Service Award to Judge Kavanaugh as part of that organization’s national gathering.

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  • The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Baked chicken, wild rice, carrot raisin salad, biscuit and margarine, and mandarin oranges

    Philly steak sandwich, French fries, broccoli, and cantaloupe

    Stuffed bell pepper, baked beans, carrots, biscuit, and fruit cocktail

    Pork stir fry, vegetables, salad with dressing, wheat roll and margarine, and apple cobbler

  • Sunday

    HIGH 65° / LOW 41°

    A slight chance of showers between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

    6:01 a.m. to 7:54 p.m.



  • Tuesday, May 10, 1966 — The Annual Junior High School Talent Show, at the Patio Gym, directed by Mrs. Sam Goodman, featured a number of winners. They include: Teddy Montgomery and Jerry Babbitt, original duets; Louis Plagge, Claude Leger, David Cook, Joe Strubbar and Billy Bothwell, in a pantomime; Martha McWilliams, piano solo, “The Swan”; David Trumbull, David Conklin and Charles Pace, rock and roll combo; Don Guerin, David Conklin, Scott Gensemer and Mike Edwards, drama; Beverly Sanchez and Kathy Fisher, Spanish dances.

  • Friday, May 6, 1966 — Fifteen tracksters from Robertson High School and West Las Vegas qualified for District 2A championships over the weekend. They are: Cardinals — David Montoya, Mike Craig, Danny Tapia, Bill Leslie, Eloy Garcia, Abelino Montoya, David Montoya, Cary Guerin, Mike Michalski and Billy Mitchell. Dons — Dickie Roybal, Danny Herrera, Frank Sanchez and Sal Esquibel and Wilfred Garduño.

  • Friday

    HIGH 72° / LOW 42°

    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

    6:03 a.m. to 7:52 p.m.



  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents its Original Music Concert  at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in the Student Union Ballroom, 800 National Ave.

    The concert features original works written and produced by Highlands University music students, many of whom are in the Music Technology Program. The musical styles include pop, rock, bluegrass, heavy metal, hip-hop and gospel.

  • 5.7.2016
    9 a.m. to noon
    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, the City of Las Vegas and the NMHU Conservation Club will host a river cleanup. Participants are asked to meet on the River Walk south of Bridge Street near West Las Vegas High School. Trash bags, gloves, and snacks will be provided. For more information, call Katie at 426-7505.