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  • Graduate geology student conducts research on Santa Fe River

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    A New Mexico Highlands geology graduate student will conduct a hydrogeology research study of the lower Santa Fe River that aims to measure the quantity and quality of the water as it flows into the Rio Grande.

    Ryan Mann, a 41-year-old Albuquerque native and Santa Fe resident, received a grant from the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute to fund his study.

  • NMHU professor will attend largest women’s conference in its field

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands computer science professor received a faculty scholarship to participate in the world’s largest gathering of women computer scientists.

    Jessica Johnsen competed with applicants from across the globe to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston from Sept. 26 to 28.

  • Classics on display

    Carmelita Sanchez photos/For the Optic

    A car-club rally that came through both Mora and Las Vegas last weekend is part of the Trans-America Challenge 2018, traveling from Charleston, S.C. to Seattle.

    A 1936 Ford and a 1957 Chevy were among the cars seen in Mora.

  • WLVHS, Highlands grad headed for UNM Biomedical Sciences doctoral program

    Rebecca Sena aims to delve into the mysteries of the brain and neuropharmacology during her doctoral studies in biomedical sciences at the University of New Mexico.

    “I have always had a fascination with the brain,” Sena said. “At Highlands, I became intrigued with the fundamental neurobiology of mental health disorders. My long-term goal is to perform research in neuropharmacology and gain insight into drugs that will treat psychiatric disorders.”

  • Good dads and reciprocal blessings

    SANTA ROSA — Call me a fortunate son. I had a very good father.

    Despite his busy life, he was fully engaged in mine. He supported me when I was down and swelled with pride when I got up. He was a role model who stood on principles and faith, and he knew how to laugh at life while still caring about everybody who crossed his path.

  • County approves opioid education program

    The San Miguel County Commission has discussed several aspects of opioid abuse and prevention in the past couple of years. Tuesday, at its regular monthly meeting, the Commission voted to spend funds to help combat the problem.

  • Mayor: director positions could be filled next week

    Wednesday evening, Las Vegas' City Council approved some needed infrastructure items to be added to the consent agenda for next week's monthly council meeting. However, it was a brief discussion at the end of Wednesday's work session that covered a topic on the minds of many city residents.

  • Shiny for summer

    Luna Community College’s 14th Annual Car Show, held Saturday on the LCC campus, brought hundreds of visitors to the Las Vegas area.

    Some showgoers, such as Chantel Sedillo, who was looking over this 1969 Camaro, owned by David Archuleta, were able to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather and examine vehicles from many eras.

    Some cars were driven in to the campus on their own, while others — especially mint-condition show cars — were brought to Luna in special trailers.

  • Sullivan pleads guilty in 2016 killing

    A Las Vegas man faces seven to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his onetime friend in the summer of 2016.

    Daniel M. Sullivan, 28, appeared in district court on Monday to accept the agreement, which stipulates that in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Steven Marquez, he will serve no more than 10 years behind bars.

    Second-degree murder charges carry a maximum sentence of 15 years, not counting any enhancements.

  • Calculations at the Complex

    After years of hearings, studies, legal motions and long-term interruptions in construction, work has finally resumed on the Mora County Complex.
    Construction crews recently began completing the current phase of construction on the Mora County Complex.

    Last week, after returns showed Paula Garcia’s run for the New Mexico House District 40 seat was going to be unsuccessful, it was natural to revisit one of the main projects Garcia has focused on as Mora County Commission Chairwoman, where she has about six months left in her term.