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Today's News

  • The beginning of a journey

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Graduates at West Las Vegas and Pecos high schools and the United World College-USA in Montezuma walked across stages at graduation ceremonies this past weekend.

    West Las Vegas graduated 100 students, while Pecos had 41 and the World College 107.

    This Friday, graduations in the area wrap up with Robertson High in the morning and Mora High in the afternoon.

  • Awards aplenty at board meeting

    For school districts, the month of May becomes like a horse race, with everyone with a budget concern for the year ahead stretching with all their might toward the finish line.

    New Mexico administrators must submit their next year’s budgets to the Public Education Department in Santa Fe — all while teachers have field trips and tests to complete and principals have to determine if elementary, middle and high school students meet requirements to move on to the next grade, amid sports, activities and preparing for summer.

  • Optic interview: Lt. Gov. candidate Rick Miera

    Note: After State Sen. and Democratic Party candidate for lieutenant governor Howie Morales paid a recent surprise visit to the Optic to take questions, one of his opponents, Rick Miera, asked for the same opportunity. We gave him the same exact questions we gave to Sen. Morales; here are Miera’s responses.

    What can be done to bridge some of the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, both in New Mexico and nationwide?

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Thursday, May 24
    R. Jordan Gendra is the first native-Spanish rabbi ordained in 500 years. He is moving to Albuquerque in July and has authored several books and articles in Spanish. He is speaking from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Leveo Sanchez Auditorium (Room G35). For information, call 505-398-6092 or email animarfin@gmail.com.

    Friday, May 25

  • NMHU group features only U.S. students at German conference

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    A group from Highlands University will represent the only U.S. students participating in a geology conference in Germany in June focused on how ancient mountain ranges and volcanoes grew at the border between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

  • ‘Miss ya, Dennis Mitchell’

    He said “Pvt. Trujillo, everybody in this platoon is out of step but you.”

    As you parse this sentence, don’t even think of construing the drill sergeant’s criticism as a bushel of compliments.

    The sergeant who was so free with the comments, a man by the name of Brewster, actually was referring to someone else, another Trujillo. And besides, by that time I was no longer a private in the Gallup National Guard but what we called an Sp.3, a rank slightly higher than a measly private.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

  • Cowgirl tracksters in Charlotte for outdoor nationals

    The purple caps and gowns are back in storage, and the summer session at New Mexico Highlands is days away.

    But the NMHU women’s track and field team isn’t quite ready to call it a spring just yet.

    The Cowgirls and head coach Bob DeVries are on their way to Charlotte, N.C., for this weekend’s NCAA Division II outdoor nationals, hunting for medals and looking to expand upon more than four dozen All-American honors.

  • DeVries' success is no mystery

    In his 26th year as a head coach at New Mexico Highlands, Bob DeVries has become rather adept at scoring cross country and track and field meets on the fly, while they’re still under way.

    As he coached the Cowgirls in this month’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships in Golden, Colo., DeVries tallied the points his athletes earned in each event, marking their progress to what would be an eventual league title.He even likened the skill to counting cards in the casino, like “Rain Man.”

  • Isotopes inch closer to Bees

    A pair of sacrifice flies — one by Josh Fuentes, the other by Stephen Cardullo — lifted the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 6-4 win over Salt Lake on Monday in the opener of a four-game set at Isotopes Park.

    The win allowed Albuquerque (24-21) to chip into Salt Lake’s lead in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division to start a pivotal series at The Lab. The Bees (25-20) saw their edge reduced to one game.