• From Pecos to Australia

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    Eight Students representing Pecos Middle School and Pecos High School will travel to Australia from Nov. 11 to 25, 2008, to participate in RACV Energy Breakthrough Competition.

    The Pecos Independent School District has been selected by the Center for Relational Learning to participate in the RACV Energy Breakthrough program in Maryborough Victoria, Australia.

    The event will focus on innovative energy competitions that include categories such as, Innovations in Technology; Pushcarts;

  • Chief Gold to speak at Luna

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    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold will be the featured speaker at Luna Community College’s “A Conversation with the Community” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the LRC Auditorium. Gold, District Attorney Richard Flores and Sgt. Carlos Mendoza of the New Mexico State Police will talk on the topic of “Drugs and Gangs.”

    They are part of several lecturers who have or will speak at Luna Community College in September, October and November.

    All lectures are free and open to the community.

  • Seeking past scholars

    The Viles Scholarship Foundation Inc., who awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Las Vegas Robertson, West Las Vegas, Wagon Mound, Pecos and Mora High Schools, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary (1958-2008) on Oct. 24, during New Mexico Highlands University’s Homecoming.

  • Highlands float wins in SF Parade

    A group of Highlands University students from the rodeo team, student ambassador program, and student senate won first place in the cowboy float category at the Santa Fe Fiestas Parade Sept. 7.

    The recruitment office at Highlands coordinated the Cowboy float in both the Santa Fe Fiestas Parade and the State Fair Parade Sept. 6 in Albuquerque.

  • Luna's voice acting classes

    Introduction to Voice Acting Class, offered through Luna Community College on Monday, Sept. 29, will open the door to just that opportunity.

    Today, people just like you use their voices professionally for commercials, audio books, training videos, educational material, the Internet and more. Getting Paid to Talk is an adult education class taught by the voice acting professionals from Voice Coaches, an industry leader in voice acting training with students all over the country.

  • Local man attains master's

    Christopher Jason Trujillo, 26 of Phoenix has completed his master‘s degree program at Grand Canyon University. He is the son of John Trujillo Sr. of Las Vegas and Christine Serna of Phoenix, also younger brother to John Trujillo Jr. of Phoenix.

  • Highlands gets grant for water testing

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    New Mexico Highlands University received an $82,529 National Science Foundation Grant that will enable natural sciences students and faculty to use in-house instrumentation to conduct water quality research and analysis.

    One instrument is for field use in streams and lakes and measures real-time water quality parameters like temperature, conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen.

  • Area sophomores gear up

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    More than 100 high school sophomores from Espaola, Pojoaque and Santa Fe attended a GEAR UP for College Camp at New Mexico Highlands University July 28-30.

    GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Highlands’ 10-year-old GEAR UP works to increase high school graduation rates and enrollment in college. Students are enrolled in the program from seventh grade through high school. Highlands has GEAR UP offices on the Highland’s campus and in Espaola.

  • Accepted to NMMI

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    Ryan Aragon has been accepted to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

    He has attended West Las Vegas Schools from Head Start through 10th grade and maintains a 3.67 GPA and is ranked seventh in his class.

    His goals are to graduate from NMMI and attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He enjoys playing basketball and spending time with family and friends.

  • LCC awards scholarships

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    The following students have been awarded a $1,000 Horizon Scholarship: Bernadette Aragon, Brenda Calderon, Lila Fresquez, Bennie Gallegos, Amado Gonzales, Shannon Gonzales (Martinez), Justeen Griego, Shirley Griego, Britany Hamilton-Tatum and Elizabeth Herrera.

    Douglas Lopez, Felicia Lovato, Rebecca Morales, Amanda Padilla, Anna Padilla, Allison Sanchez, Barbara Travis, Jessica Travis, Thurston True, Vanessa Valencia, and Alexandra Vigil.