• Armijo Elementary student wins New Mexico True Reading Challenge

    Governor Susana Martinez recently congratulated Alexis Jojola on winning the New Mexico True Reading Challenge 2018.

    Jojola participated in the challenge over this past summer reading over 20 books and writing an essay on why she loves New Mexico.

    As one of the winners, Jojola received New Mexico State Fair tickets for her and her family.

  • It’s not spelled ‘R.J.’

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Arjay E. Ortiz, Robertson High School Class of 2018, has been selected as the recipient of the 37th Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a LV Robertson HS student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.  

  • Las Vegas businessman praises college instructors

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Cordy Tafoya is a non-traditional student. He is 40 years old and runs a successful business.

    Yet, in the fall of 2017, Tafoya looked at Luna to help solidify his business. Tafoya is a barbering major and is expected to finish his certificate in December.

  • Las Vegas artist donates sculpture to Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    An 11-foot-tall steel tree sculpture depicting the total solar eclipse of 2018 is planted firmly in the earth in front of New Mexico Highlands’ Burris Hall, thanks to a donation from a fine arts student.
    The university’s Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve Mary’s Miller’s Celestial Tree sculpture installation in front of the fine arts building.

  • Highlands graduate student lands social policy internship

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands social work graduate student landed an internship aimed at helping develop social policy in New Mexico through the lens of global social justice.

    Katrina Ortiz is a second-year Master of Social Work student at Highlands who will complete a fall 2018 and spring 2019 internship at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations.

  • We’re all ears

    It’s Homecoming week at Robertson High School.

    Freshmen Amanda Bustamante and Nevaeh Lujan had their Minnie Mouse ears on during “Disney and Nickelodeon Monday.”

    Other fun themes are scheduled throughout the week. Friday’s parade is set for 1:30 p.m. and will run from the RHS campus area through downtown Las Vegas.

    The Homecoming queen and king will be crowned at halftime of the Cardinals’ 7 p.m. game against Socorro.

    West Las Vegas High School is set to celebrate Homecoming next week.

  • STEM: Luna Community College

    Luna Community College STEM instructor Geno Castillo explains the fossilization of ripple marks on a piece of sandstone to Luna student Joshua Aragon. For information on STEM, e-mail Castillo at gcastillo@luna.edu.

  • Robertson High 2018 Homecoming events

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here’s the Robertson High School 2018 Homecoming schedule. This year’s theme is “TV favs.”

    Sunday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m:

  • West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month

    Students of the Month from West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School show off their awards.

  • Charter schools: Why are they effective?

    By Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico

    Sara Tafoya never pictured herself as one of New Mexico’s at-risk students. She came from a supportive, college-educated family in Albuquerque, had once earned good grades, and entertained dreams of going to college and becoming a physical therapist.