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  • NMHU students receive AAUW scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Three outstanding New Mexico Highlands University students received scholarships from the Las Vegas chapter of the American Association of University Women.

    Samantha Urioste, Brittany Dutton-Leyda, and Jennifer Smith each received $1,000 scholarships.

    “These three outstanding women impressed the scholarship committee with their strong determination to complete their education while juggling many challenges,” said Donna Rivas, co-president of the Las Vegas AAUW chapter.

  • The pride of City Schools

    The Robertson Lady Cardinals were recognized at this week’s board meeting for their historic achievement of winning the Class 3A blue trophy, the first time a Las Vegas team has won a state basketball championship. The board room was packed, with many there to see the team honored. Members of the board and the district’s administration joined the Lady Cardinals.

  • Get NMHU transfer information through ‘Transfer Tuesdays’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    College students can get all their questions answered about transferring to New Mexico Highlands at a new virtual information series called Transfer Tuesdays.

  • State agency reps visit Las Vegas

    Wednesday, representatives of two state agencies rolled into Las Vegas hear from and inform the residents of the meadow city.

    State Auditor Brian Colón, pictured above, held a discussion at a Highlands University classroom to let people know that the state auditor’s office is accessible. The newly elected state auditor asked of everyone to hold him accountable.

    “For the people that showed up today, I’m here to talk about partnerships. I’m here to talk about being a resource,” Colón said.

  • Former City Schools super still on payroll

    Though Kelt Cooper is no longer the superintendent for Las Vegas City Schools, he’ll still be paid through the end of the school year.

    According to a letter signed by Board President Dennis Romero that was acquired by the Optic through an open-records request, Cooper will remain on paid administrative leave through 5 p.m. on June 30. Cooper submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 26 and the district’s board of education accepted it on Feb. 4.

  • What lawmakers did, didn’t do in 2019

    By Milan Simonich, Andrew Oxford, Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican

    A capsule view of what happened during the state Legislature’s 60-day session that ended last weekend.

    Not so high: No, New Mexico isn’t legalizing recreational cannabis this year. But Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told reporters she will put it on the agenda next year.

    “We’re going to make that a priority,” she said.

  • Oh, the iron-y

    An iron artist flings molten metal against a wall to create a fiery display at the Feb. 28 performance pour for Highlands University’s Iron Tribe 2019. The biennial Iron Tribe is an internationally known iron art event established by Highlands fine arts professor David Lobdell in 2001. Iron Tribe also includes an art exhibition of contemporary iron artists’ work from across the U.S. and around the globe, a symposium, and an iron casting session in the university’s art foundry.

  • Memorial tourney set for weekend

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    B.J. Gonzales passed away in 2002, but his memory lives on.
    The annual B.J. Gonzales Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held Friday, March 22 through Sunday March 24 at the Gillie Lopez Gym on the campus of West Las Vegas High.

    What started off as what B.J.’s father,  Benedict Gonzales, called a “pick-up” basketball idea, has turned into something bigger. With more than $63,000 raised for scholarships for West Las Vegas and Pecos High School seniors, the tournament is in its 17th year.

  • Taking a fence

    Las Vegas City Schools will be ramping up security by installing a fence around the Robertson High School and Memorial Middle School joint campus perimeter for the upcoming school year.

    The construction is slated to begin next month and be completed in three months, City Schools Superintendent Larryssa Archuleta said this week. The project will cost $380,000 and will be funded with the district’s bond.

    Local contractor Franken Construction will be working on the fence.

  • Second case of rabies confirmed in a fox in San Miguel County

    Submitted by N.M. Dept. of Health