• The way forward: Advocates for children weigh in on govt. solutions

    Lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills each session that propose to fund programs for children and families. They aim to improve the education system, prevent and punish child abuse, alter the tax code and extend medical benefits to impoverished families.

    New Mexico is now officially ranked as the worst state in the country to be a child, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Some see opportunity in being 50th. Like an addict who has reached rock bottom, there is no place to go but up.

  • Students encounter tough words in San Miguel County Spelling Bee

    Although the winner of the Scripps San Miguel County Spelling Bee clinched the gold by spelling “eviscerated,” the competition was anything but a walk in the park. 

    After Jorge Sotelo misspelled “canapés” in the 11th round, Takuya Ii was crowned champion in the 12th round. 

  • 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.