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Today's News

  • Six rising artists in Las Vegas, part 2

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    One positive development for the San Miguel / Mora art community has been the emergence of six young students who  are taking, or have recently taken, classes within the Art Department at Highlands University. It’s  intriguing to find six gifted artists at the small university: Mateo Roybal, Pablo Pekoc, Francisco Cordova, Mary Miller, Daisy Trudell-Mills and Adolfo Castillo.

    In the Aug. 26 Optic, you met Roybal and Pekoc. In this part, you’ll meet the other four.

  • PED grades mixed for San Miguel, Mora districts

    The New Mexico Public Education Department released its letter grades for school districts and sites across the state on Aug. 16.

    No site within Mora Schools district earned higher than a C, with Mora Elementary falling from a B to an F.

    Holman Elementary received a C, down from a B last year. Lazaro Larry Garcia Middle School also scored a C, up from an F last year. Mora High School received a C for a third straight year.

    In Wagon Mound, the elementary school fell from a C to a D, but the high school rose from a C to a B.

  • A celebration of cultures

    Group Josei No Seighien, playing Taiko drums and other instruments, were among the many performers and other artists whose work was on display Saturday at Carnegie Park for the 40th annual Peoples Faire of Las Vegas. Look for more photos in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

  • Luna congratulates 2018 nursing graduates

    Graduates of Luna Community College’s School of Nursing recently gathered for a group photo. In front, from the left, are Kendra Montoya, Kaitlyn Romero, Kayla CdeBaca, Dennika Gomez, Megan Salgado and Shauntae Rivera.

    In the second row are Marie Trigg, Mattie Martinez, Michelle Valdez, Jessica Martinez, Christina Benavidez and Danielle Gurule.

    In back are Andre Shenk, Michael Padilla, Jose Estrada, Corey Muniz and Mandi Ann Casados..

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    Thursday, Aug. 30
    Highlands University will host a public forum at 6 p.m. to receive comment about the university’s Gene Torres Golf Course. The forum is in the university’s Student Center Ballroom at 800 National Ave. For information about golfing at the course, call 505-425-7711.

    Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2

  • Noticias, Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Lions Club Glasses Collection Boxes are at the following locations. Banks: Community First; Southwest Capital, Douglas; State Employees Credit Union, Mills; Optical: Eye Associates, Infinite Vision, Insight Optical and Las Vegas Walmart. Used glasses are repaired then donated to charity groups serving those in need around the world. The Greater LasVegas Lions Club welcomes new and transfer members. Monthly meetings are at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at K-Bobs on Seventh Avenue in Las Vegas. For information, call 454-1073.
  • It’s para-thyroid-doxical

    Is it possible? Is it merely a coincidence that soon after extolling the wonders of green chile (remember: we always end the word with an “e”), the stuff has come back to haunt me.

    Let me explain: Until I came close to my current age, in the 70s, I believed my tummy was ironclad. A belch or two after a meal of green chile I assumed  was merely a mark of good manners. My wife, and before that, my mom, disabused me of that belief and convinced me the eructation after a meal was far from a demonstration of good manners or appreciation of good food.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Strong start: RHS, WLV football teams score dominant wins

    Antonio Padilla scored five touchdowns Friday night to spark a 39-2 Robertson victory against visiting Santa Fe High.

    Switching jersey numbers from No. 2 to No. 82 this season, Padilla looked bigger and stronger with no apparent drop in open-field speed. New quarterback, senior Brandon Lucero, was steady and read the defense with poise in his debut at the position. And both lines, retooled a bit after notable offseason losses, held up well against the outmatched Demons.

  • Cowgirl spikers go 0-4 in Texas tourney

    The New Mexico Highlands volleyball team dropped both of its matches Saturday at the Kathleen Brasfield Invitational, falling to University of Arkansas-Forth Smith 3-0 (25-16, 29-27, 25-16) and St. Mary’s (Texas) 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-20).