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  • 136 fewer students at HU

    Whether it was the double-digit tuition increase instituted this year, a fairly new requirement that incoming freshmen take the ACT or the slight improvement in the economy is unclear, but whatever the cause, enrollment at Highlands University this fall is down 136 students or nearly 3.7 percent.  

    The decreases occurred at the main campus, which actually has 138 fewer students — a 6 percent drop — now compared to last fall.

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  • West eyes new site for gymnasium

    For more than two years the West Las Vegas School Board has been dealing with the middle school gymnasium project.

    The latest issue to emerge during a recent board meeting was where to put the new gym.

    Superintendent Gene Parson told the board that it may be possible to have another location for the gym as per an email from Karl Sitzberger of the Public School Capital Outlay Council.

  • Reception honors Vegas Harvey Girl

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation will have an open house and reception at 2 p.m. Saturday in honor of Nina Strong, a former Las Vegas Castañeda Harvey Girl.

    The reception will be at the CCHP office, 116 Bridge St., and everyone is welcome to meet her and hear her story on life as a Harvey Girl in Las Vegas in 1941 and 1942.

    The Raton Museum Board will be bringing Strong to Las Vegas for a tour of the Castañeda and Montezuma Castle.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 15, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Oct. 14 — Cowboy coach Jack Scofield figures that the College of Southern Utah will have the edge Friday in Cedar City because of size, experience and the advantage of a home field. The Utah line will be the largest faced by the Pokes this season with but one man under the 200 pound mark. The Thunderbird forward wall will average 211 pounds with a 186 pound backfield. The Cowboy line will average 210 pounds, thanks to big Ronnie McCraig’s 299 pounds, but only McCraig and 240 pound Bob Lee are over 200 pounds.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 15, 2014

    Forum on education and community development
       Ron Brenneman’s public forum on education and community development at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the ballroom of the Highlands University Student Center. He has spent the last 30 years in El Salvador as a humanitarian aid worker and founder of Amún Shéa Center for Integrated Development. Sponsored by UWC-USA, NMHU, Casa de Cultura, the McCune Foundation and the Mission/Peacemaking Committee of Presbyterian church.

  • Weather - Oct. 15, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:07 a.m. to 6:25 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 15, 2014

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

  • Health officials urge hospitals to ‘think Ebola’

    By Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — Federal health officials on Monday urged the nation’s hospitals to “think Ebola” and launched a review of procedures for treating patients, while medical records showed that an infected Texas nurse repeatedly visited the room of a Liberian man as he was dying from the disease.

    The World Health Organization called the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

  • LCC Student Government begins winter coat drive

    Submitted to the Optic

    In 2013, the Luna Community College Student Government collected 150 pieces of winter clothing that were given away in the community. This year, the goal is to reach 200.

    Several boxes will be placed around campus for those wanting to give. Although the emphasis will be on coats, any type or article of cold weather clothing such as hats, gloves, and scarves is welcome.

    Items will be distributed in late November.