Today's News

  • Highlands concert set for Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Music Technology Program presents an Original Music Concert at 7 p.m. Friday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The styles of music featured are as varied as the students themselves, including rock, alternative, folk, hip-hop, singer-songwriter, and more.

    Department of Music professor Edward Harrington directs the Music Technology Program, and the concert.

  • Que Pasa - April 28, 2014

    • Community Education Initiatives Forum, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at Memorial Middle School. State Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera is scheduled to speak at 5:45 p.m. For more information, contact the New Mexico Parent Teacher Association by email at nmpta@nmpta.org.

  • Noticias - April 28, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating 365 nights per year, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From November through March, the shelter is open for overnight stays. Their Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Call 454-1390.

  • A step backward

    Affirmative action suffered a major blow last week with a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that state voters are free to outlaw the use of race and ethnicity as a factor in college admissions.

    Michigan voters several years ago approved a state constitutional amendment that forbids the state’s public colleges and universities to take race into account when deciding who gets admitted. The amendment was challenged, and on Tuesday, the Supreme Court by a 6-2 decision, ruled that voters in each state have every right to ban affirmative action policies.

  • Another Perspective: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

    By Fred Nathan/Think New Mexico

    Prompted by a large decline in federal spending, New Mexicans are now engaged in a healthy and useful dialogue about how best to diversify our economy.

    Think New Mexico would like to offer two ideas that we believe could propel private sector job growth in our state – and that gubernatorial and legislative candidates from both parties should be able to embrace.         

  • RHS tennis dominates prelim

    SANTA FE — Home matches have been a rarity of late for Robertson and West Las Vegas tennis teams, and this past weekend’s pre-district tournaments — technically a Las Vegas event on the calendar — were no exception.
    District teams gathered on the campus of Capital High School, which has a dozen courts (double that of the RHS campus), in order to sort out seeding for the district tournaments.

  • NMHU clinches Plains division

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    PUEBLO, Colo. — It is not often a team gets outhit 11-5 but wins. The Cowboys did exactly that Friday night at Colorado State-Pueblo on their way to clinching the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Plains Division.

    The New Mexico Highlands baseball team (26-16, 23-9 RMAC) saw six of its runs score after reaching on a walk or hit by pitch in the game and recorded 14 free bases for the night in a 11-9 comeback win over CSUP (23-19, 19-12).

  • Going halfers
  • Clippers owner under fire for comments

    By Antonio Gonzalez
    AP Sports Writer

    SAN FRANCISCO — The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling tells his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.

    NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ’s website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive” and said the league would have no further comment.

  • FYI - Sports - April 28, 2014

    Racquetball fest coming

    The Abe Montoya Recreation center is hosting the Meadow City Racquetball Tournament this coming week, May 2-4. For more information, those interested may contact Lucas Sanchez 426-3207, or Gary Mazaroff, 505-321-1110.