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  • ‘Forever Cowboy’ took skills to Central American nations

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last in a series of honoree profiles that coincides with Highlands University’s 2018 Homecoming. Look for profiles of more NMHU award winners profiled in other recent editions of the Optic.

  • Highlands receives grant for science scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Promising New Mexico Highlands science, technology, engineering and math students will receive multiyear scholarships with a special focus on research using data science, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant.

    The five-year $661,868 NSF grant aims to prepare students in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, environmental geology or forestry for academic and career success.

  • HUD officials come to Las Vegas to visit with Housing Authority

    A visit from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development staff who work in Washington, D.C. was just one of the recent developments for the Las Vegas Housing Authority. 

  • Distinguished alum honored for work with orphans

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    In 2011, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu founded Hope For Children Cameroon, a nonprofit that has improved the lives of more than 3,000 Cameroonian children, youth, women and men.

    The nonprofit’s work includes tuition assistance programs, donating school supplies, constructing pit latrines, promoting the rights of people with disabilities, and advancing gender equality.

  • New Mexico House GOP hopeful spurns debate invitations

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Voters for a closely watched southern New Mexico U.S. House race likely won’t get a chance to see a televised debate after the GOP hopeful ignored invites and rejected dates without giving alternatives.

  • Sports editor brings love of photojournalism to the Optic

    Caitie Ihrig developed a love of sports photography while growing up in Rochester, N.Y.

    It's a skill she will be able to use daily in her new role as the Optic’s sports editor.

    For Ihrig, photography is much more than an interest or fleeting hobby. She was born cross-eyed, a condition that causes her eyes to turn toward each other, something that could deter many from ever picking up a camera.

  • Mora School board fires superintendent

    At a special meeting Tuesday, the Mora Schools Board of Education voted 3-1 to terminate the employment of Superintendent Ella Arellano.

    Board Chairman Tranquilino Hurtado and members Lillian Maestas and Michael G. Benjamin voted in favor of the termination; Vice Chairman George A. Trujillo was the only member to vote against it. Board member Dennis Romero was not at Tuesday's meeting.

    Arellano, nor any of the board members who voted in favor of the termination could be reached for comment, as of this writing.

  • Woman arrested for child abuse; boys taken from home

    Two boys were removed from a Las Vegas home and a woman was arrested recently after one of the boys showed up for school with significant injuries.

  • 2018 Highlands king, queen

    No Homecoming football game would be complete without a king and queen crowning. Highlands University’s James Mayden, an MBA student, and Bethany Anidi, a senior undergraduate and a health major, were crowned at halftime of Saturday’s NMHU Homecoming game. The Cowboy football team, later in the game, scored in the final seconds of an exciting come-from-behind, 53-52 win over South Dakota School of Mines.

  • 2018 Highlands University Homecoming

    Highlands University’s marching band was a part of Saturday’s Homecoming parade. The Cowboy football team, later in the day, scored in the final seconds of an exciting come-from-behind, 53-52 win over South Dakota School of Mines in the Homecoming game. See pages 7 and 8, for more on an exciting sports weekend in Las Vegas.