Today's News

  • College Night coming up for Luna

    Luna Community College is presenting a college night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the John A. Wilson Complex on the Highlands University campus in Las Vegas.

    The event is open to high school juniors, seniors, parents and anyone interested in obtaining college information.

    Faculty and staff from both institutions will be available to discuss admissions, financial aid, registration, certificate and degree programs, scholarships and transferring of courses.

  • ‘The Perk’ gets new name

    Buildings that dot the Highlands University campus usually bear the name of an exemplary person who contributed — through public works, outstanding service or financial donations — to the institution.

    This column will by no means attempt to provide a history of naming buildings; rather, it concerns actions, some of which bear explanation.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, October 17
  • Looking Ahead: Sports, October 17-19


    • Memorial Middle School vs. Taos, 4 p.m.


    • Memorial Middle School at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex


  • Soccer: Cardinal boys hang on for big district win

    The Robertson boys soccer team doesn't want to always have to rely on its top scorer — but it sure is nice when he comes through.

    Musah Dumbia scored the only goal of Saturday's exciting 1-0 Cardinal home win over Sandia Prep. The win made the Cards 11-3 and 5-1 in District 2-1A/3A, and sets up an 11 a.m. showdown Saturday with district leader St. Michaels (6-1 in district) at RHS.

    The Cardinals were set to play at Oak Grove Classical Academy in Albuquerque on Tuesday after Optic press time.

  • Horsemen are next foe for both Dons and Cards

    Both the West Las Vegas and Robertson high school football teams have the same opponent next on their schedule. 

    After facing that foe — St. Michael's — the regular season winds down, with the Dons and Cardinals will facing each other in the final week.

    West (4-3 overall, 1-0 in District 2-3A) had a bye last weekend, coming off its district-opening, 60-21 win at Raton on Oct. 5. The St. Michael's Horsemen visit the Herrera Complex on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Dons. 

  • Woman arrested on battery, property damage charges

    A Las Vegas woman who has faced criminal charges many times in various New Mexico counties has had a mental competency evaluation ordered after two new recent arrests.

  • County approves three CDBG finalist projects

    At its monthly meeting last week, the San Miguel County Commission heard about priorities for a block grant application.

    Three priorities will be reviewed by the New Mexico Department of Finance Authority to determine qualifications, and one will be chosen by the Commission at its Nov. 13 meeting.

    A Community Development Block Grant Program public hearing was held Sept.5 in the Commission chambers to gather public comment for possible projects for a CDBG application.

  • Council: New Animal Coalition contract placed on agenda

    A long-awaited longer contract between the City of Las Vegas and the organization that runs one of the few animal shelters in northern New Mexico has been completed and is up for City Council approval this week.

  • Luna searches for ways to boost enrollment

    At some of its recent meetings, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees has discussed ways to boost enrollment. 

    While there are a few natural hurdles the college must clear in terms of getting the entire institution above board with both state authorities and with its accrediting organization, there are several programmatic and functionality plateaus the college must reach in order to return to being an attractive draw to potential students.