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Ice Cube to perform Highlands Univ. on Nov. 9 Las Vegas Optic
Multiplatinum star Ice Cube will perform at Highlands University’s Wilson Complex Nov. 9.

For any longtime fans of a particular legendary rapper, actor and producer, Nov. 9 will be a "Good Day" — in Las Vegas, N.M.

Multiplatinum star Ice Cube will perform at Highlands University’s Wilson Complex Nov. 9.

Tickets are on sale online at or at the university’s radio station, KEDP, Studio 103, at 901 University Ave.

College football: Cowboys win wild Homecoming wit... Las Vegas Optic
Highlands linebacker Eli Schoettmer brings down a South Dakota School of Mines ballcarrier in Saturday's game as Craig McCrae (47) and C.J. White pursue. The Cowboys rallied to win their back-and-forth Homecoming game, 53-52, by scoring and getting a 2-point conversion in the game's final minute.

Go for the tie — or go for the win?

New Mexico Highlands coach Marty Fine and his staff had no hesitation as they faced that situation after scoring a touchdown to cut the South Dakota Mines lead to 52-51 with 40 seconds remaining in the game — go for two and the win.

Cardinal boys fall behind early in 2-1 loss to Ho... Las Vegas Optic
Robertson's Justin Woodlee, center, and Brandon Larrañaga, right, try to keep the ball away from St. Michaels' Esteban Rigales in Saturday's District 2-3A boys soccer match. The Cardinals lost to St. Michaels, 2-1, and will host Bosque School on Friday at 3 p.m. to wrap the regular season.

Robertson boys soccer fell behind within the first two minutes of Saturday's District 2-3A match at RHS and ended up losing to visiting St. Michael's, 2-1.

A red card in the 47th minute, with RHS already down 2-0, meant the Cardinals (12-4 overall, 6-2 in District 2-1A/3A) had to play with only 10 men for the final 30-plus minutes of the match, though Musah Dumbia scored on a drive and cross for T.J. Trujillo with about eight minutes left in the contest to make it interesting.

Dons beat Horsemen for first time since 2003 Las Vegas Optic
West Las Vegas quarterback John Balizan looks to throw during Friday's exciting last-second win over St. Michaels. The Dons, whose 14-13 win was their first victory over the Horsemen since 2003, play at Santa Fe Indian School on Thursday before hosting Robertson to end the regular season on Friday, Nov. 3.

West Las Vegas quarterback John Balizan put receiver Omar Gallardo on notice before what turned out to be the Dons' last play of Friday's game. 

"I told him, 'If we run this play, you better catch the ball,'" Balizan said. "And he did."

A Las Vegas staple Las Vegas Optic
Longtime Las Vegas fixture Popular Dry Goods has been in business since 1947. The well-stocked store is filled with merchandise from brands like Levi, Wrangler and Carhartt.

Walk through the doors of Popular Dry Goods and you’re instantly transported back in time. That’s what customers tell Brenda Manning, one of the managers of the longstanding western wear store on Bridge Street.

“You walk in, you smell the leather, and you just step back in time,” she said. “Like with most of these old buildings, that’s what everyone feels.”

Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting Las Vegas Optic
Around 50 people crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night where Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron sparked a long discussion by asking the district for help in possibly relocating beneficiaries from Samaritan House, a local homeless shelter. No action was taken by the Board.

Residents who live in the areas near Legion Park Elementary School and Memorial Middle School crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night.

The Board of Education took public comment on a proposal by the City of Las Vegas to utilize unused school buildings as a temporary homeless shelter, should the nonprofit homeless shelter Samaritan House need to vacate its current location at 1000 Mills Ave.

NMHU alum is a decorated teacher Las Vegas Optic
Stephanie Gurule-Leyba is the 2018 Highlands University Distinguished Alumnus, being honored as part of NMHU’s Homecoming week.

By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of honoree profiles that coincides with Highlands University’s 2018 Homecoming this week. Look for profiles of more NMHU award winners to be profiled in upcoming editions of the Optic.

Stephanie Gurule-Leyba has taught medical sciences for 22 years at Capital High School in Santa Fe and received the New Mexico Educator of the Year Award in 2017 from the New Mexico Public Education Department.


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