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  • 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.

  • HU faculty blast president

    Faculty at New Mexico Highlands University took President Jim Fries to task on Friday, publicly accusing him  and his administration of making unilateral decisions without meaningful input from them.

    Maureen Romine, president of the Faculty Senate, presented a letter to administrators and regents outlining the faculty concerns and asking that faculty be included in decisions at the university.

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  • U. S. health worker tests positive for Ebola

    By Nomaan Merchant
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — A Texas health care worker has tested positive for Ebola even though she wore full protective gear while caring for a hospitalized patient who later died from the virus, health officials said Sunday. If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

  • Alta Vista sued over data breach

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital and its parent company, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc. are being sued over a cyberattack in which hackers took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

    Briana Brito, a San Miguel County woman, filed the lawsuit in state District Court in Las Vegas in late September. She and her attorneys are seeking class action status. Judge Gerald Baca is presiding over the case.

  • Highlands, NHCC sign deal

    The Associated Press

    The National Hispanic Cultural Center and New Mexico Highlands University have signed an agreement to strengthen research ties.

    The five-year agreement reached Friday calls for the two institutes to share resources and develop courses focusing on Hispanic culture.

    Under the agreement, the Las Vegas university will create a plan to encourage its professors to use the Albuquerque center’s genealogy program and the center will bring some of its exhibits to the college.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 13, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Oct. 9, 1964 — Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, president of Highlands University, was one of several New Mexico university presidents to protest a recommendation of the Board of Educational Finance to raise out-of-state tuition beginning September 1965. The increase for non-residents would be from $500 a year to $580. Donnelly maintained the BEF acted without input from universities and that the out-of-state increase would discourage many from applying here.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 13, 2014

    Flu shot clinic set for Wednesday
    The San Miguel Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at 18 Gallegos Road. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.

  • Weather - Oct. 13, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 49.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:06 a.m. to 6:28 p.m.

  • HU students help preserve New Mexico’s heritage

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Media arts students from Highlands University helped preserve New Mexico’s rich cultural heritage in 2014 by creating websites, museum exhibits, mobile apps, promotional videos, a book design and more for cultural institutions across the state.

    The 18 students are paid interns in the university’s one-of-a kind AmeriCorps Cultural Technology program, or ACT.