Today's Features

    • Energy Concepts Solar will hold a free Solar Financing Workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 at Charlie’s Spic and Span. The workshop will focus on how people can finance solar upgrades for their homes. To RSVP and for more information, email ben@eccsolar.com or call  454-0614 ext.1.

  • Submitted by the Optic

    The Wagon Mound School community gathered earlier this month to witness the naming and dedication of the Wagon Mound Public School Administration building in honor of two long-time educators, Zack and Eloisa Montoya.

  • Amadeo Padilla was a well-known Mora barber. His shop still stands across the street from Pacheco Oil and Gas in downtown Mora. It is the red building with a tree growing in front of it now. For years it was the place to go to get your hair cut and have a nice chat with Padilla while he worked. Many people did not know about his background but he was well-known  for his skill in making men look neat and well-trimmed.

  • Community Calendar
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — First Fort tours, 150th anniversary of Civil War, Fort Union National Monument
    10 a.m. — Mora Cross Country, Pecos, away
    5 p.m. — Mora 7th and 8th volleyball vs. Memorial Middle school, home
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Indian School, home, junior varsity and varsity
    4 p.m. — Mora 7th and 8th volleyball vs. Dulce, away

  • A recent advice column that I read in some publication (I read all sorts of stuff!) addresses the proper way one is supposed to be and do as an overnight houseguest.

    The writer of that column may have had my very recent houseguests as her models when she wrote the column.

  • By Jennifer Rowland
    United World College-USA

    Armand Hammer loved a challenge. When Lord Louis Mountbatten wondered out loud how Hammer might succeed in founding a United World College in the United States when others before him had failed, Hammer was confident. “I’d be happy to help you,” he told Mountbatten and His Royal Highness Prince Charles in 1978.

  • By Emily Withnall
    United World College

    Ted Lockwood may have been United World College-USA’s first president, but as anyone who has read his book “Dreams & Promises: The Story of the Armand Hammer United World College” knows, he also played a critical role in the school’s founding.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dora’s Pirate Adventure" by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.
    • Fine Art Print lecture series talk by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of Donnelly Library. For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.


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    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts today.

    Dress up days are: Monday - Super Hero day, Tuesday - Disney Day, Wednesday - Gender Bender Day, Thursday - Class Color Day (Freshman - orange, sophomores - pink, juniors - blue and seniors - purple) and Friday - Green and Gold day.

    A pep assembly is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday at the high school gymnasium followed by a car rally.