• City Schools super still on paid leave

    After convening for more than two hours Tuesday, the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education took no action on Superintendent Kelt Cooper, who is currently on paid administrative leave. 

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    Board Chair Dennis Romero told the Optic he could not speak on the ongoing personnel matters because they are confidential.

  • Benefit dance for furloughed federal workers set for Sunday

    There will be a dance party to benefit local furloughed federal workers Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Highlands University Sala de Madrid building at 801 University Ave.

    Victoria Evans, the anthropology laboratory director at Highlands, is one of the community members spearheading the benefit.

  • Fool(s) for love

    The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is traveling to New Mexico for the first time to perform Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” a 55-minute play. Las Vegas was the site of the film adaptation of this stage masterpiece.

  • Healthcare for Luna students

     Highlands University President Sam Minner, left, Lore Pease, El Centro Family Health CEO, and Ricky Serna, Luna Community College interim president, shake hands after signing an agreement earlier this month that allows Luna students to use the Highlands Student Health Center run by El Centro.

  • City Schools enters union negotiating cycle

    At Thursday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education meeting, a representative of National Education Association N.M., representing a group of 18 staffers, proposed a plan for collective bargaining, which could lead to a standoff between the staff and the school board in coming months. 

  • NMHU lifelong learning topics announced

     A lifelong learning program at New Mexico Highlands kicks off a new year with a slate of faculty presentations designed to engage the university’s staff.

  • Art exhibition features H.S. students’ works

    Highlands University presents an art exhibition, Surreal Interpretations, in the university’s Ray Drew Gallery through Feb. 1.

    The exhibition features artwork created by art students from Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School.

  • UWC student a semifinalist for major scholarship

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    A  United World College-USA student from Chapel Hill, N.C., recently became one of 1,900 semifinalists in the 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program. 

  • NMHU to host opioid forum Jan. 19

    There will be a Community Opioid Forum at New Mexico Highlands University, Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The free public forum will be in the Highlands University Student Center’s ballroom, at 800 National Ave. Lunch will be provided and all ages are welcome.

  • Three from Sierra Vista move on to county spelling bee

    Thirty students competed in the Sierra Vista Elementary spelling bee on Dec. 6.

    The top three finishers — Takuya Ii, who took first place, along with runner-up Jose Salazar and third-place finisher Theodore Williamson — will compete in the San Miguel County Bee this month.

    Sierra Vista thanks eight local businesses for their support.