Today's Features

  • My aged copy of the Chicago Daily News, dated Aug. 18, 1970, had a headline story about the many hippie communes that had sprung up in Northern New Mexico. Last week’s column quoted from this story, and I think yet another column should be written about our own experiences with these foreigners, mostly young adults, who came from a city environment and who thought they could just live off the land in this rugged part of New Mexico.

    The commune that took over the meadow at the high end of Morphy Canyon was right across from our north line fence.

  • With wildland fire season upon us the CHET fire station has organized a Wildland Interface Summit starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Mora Elementary School gym.

    Shawn Alvey, a captain at CHET Fire Department near Cleveland, said the event will include presentations by representatives of the state forestry department, National Resource Conservation Service, the National Forest Service and Mora County officials.

    They will discuss fire, defensible spacing, and funding available for landowners pertaining to cross fencing, thinning and farming.

    • The West Las Vegas Band will be having its Spring Concert starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at Ilfeld Auditorium. They will be featuring guest artist Pancho Romero from NMSU (WLV alumnus), Emily Maestas (WLV alumna), Arnell David Arellanes (WLV alumnus), and Yasmin Flores. They are also inviting all Litra Romero students to participate in the event by playing Adelita at the concert. Stop by the band room or call for more information.

    • An anti-bullying committee meeting will take place at 5:15 on Tuesday, May 12 at Travelers Cafe on the Plaza. This meeting is open to the public and for anyone interested in serving on the committee.


  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

    • A naturalization ceremony will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Fort Union National Monument. The ceremony is open to the public.
    • Unity celebration for the community featuring poetry and music with poetry reading starting 6 p.m. followed by DJ music by “Big Toes” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Buena Vida Physical Therapy and Wellness located at 601 Lincoln Ave.


  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University named natural resources management professor and Mora native Edward Martínez as Professor of the Year for 2014–15.

    8:30 a.m. — Mora Schools’ Dia de la Cultura, Mora Elementary Gym
    TBA— Mora High School at State Track Meet, Albuquerque

    TBA— Mora High School at State Track Meet, Albuquerque

    6 p.m. — Mora Little League, Dodgers vs. Yankees, Field 1, and Cubs vs. Rockies, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League T-Ball, Angels vs. Giants, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Padres, Field 2


  • So there I was, visiting with my Optic compadres, friends when suddenly the whole press and production staff flew out the front door. Someone shouted “There’s a bear in the tree” and there was a bear in a tree, across the tree, in a big fir tree. The game wardens tranquilized him, and turned him loose in distant mountains.

    • The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1063, the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1547 are sponsoring a cemetery clean up of veteran graves starting at 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 6 at San Antonio Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening tools, hat, and gloves.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.