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Today's Features

  • For the Optic

    Two young boys pressed through the sleepy crowds of the Tri-County Farmer’s Market early one Saturday morning.

    They each carried a handmade loaf of whole grain bread, one long and braided, the other round, earthy, dotted with black and green olives.

    A young baker handed his olive loaf to a woman wearing faded overalls in exchange for a bag of freshly picked salad greens. The woman held the bread to her nose, inhaling its rich, warm aroma through the thin plastic wrap.

  • Surgeon Mario Leyba is another Mora native who has done great things with his life.

    Mora can be proud of yet another young man who grew up in the Mora Valley, went to school here and recently served as the commencement speaker at his alma mater.

    Leyba was the oldest of three children. He has a brother and a sister who both work at the Las Vegas Behavioral Health Institute.

    Leyba gets his versatility from his mother, Bernice Leyba.

    “She taught me everything I know,” he says.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday
    10 a.m. — Stock Holders meeting, Mora School Administration Building
     

    Sunday
    2:30 p m — VFW Auxiliary meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p m — VFW meeting, VFW Hall
     

    Monday
    9 a m — Summer breakfast and lunch for children begins, Mora School Cafeteria
     

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Youth Hunter Education Club competed in the New Mexico championship last weekend.  

    Eight events were contested, marksmanship competition in small-bore, archery, shot gun and muzzleloader, and responsibility competitions in orienteering with map and compass, wildlife identification, safety trail and a written exam on game laws and related information.  

    Even with the exam finished Friday evening, it took from 7 a.m. until nearly 6 p.m. Saturday to complete the courses.  

  • TODAY HOY

    • “El Tigre” Reies Lopez Tijerina returns to Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. to noon — academic panel discussion, Ilfeld Auditorium; noon to 3:30 p.m., community celebration, Plaza Park; 4:30 p.m to 6 p.m., the People’s History of El Norte mural dedication, Old Safeway parking lot. All events free and open to the public. Sponsored by Casa de Cultura, City of Las Vegas, New Mexico Highlands University and Alianza del Norte.

  • WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 8 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, June 4 the Santa Fe National Forest and the Santa Fe Chapter of the Back Country Horseman will host a wilderness trail clearing event in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day. The event will begin at the Aspen Ranch trailhead and will start June 4 and run until June 11.  

  • SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates is recruiting volunteers to advocate for children in foster care. Training starts Saturday,  June 4. For more information, call 454-0223 or go to www.casafourrthnm.org.

    • AAUW used book sale with all proceeds going to scholarships for NMHU women students. The sale starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the corner of Seventh Street and University (pink building).

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • A survivors fund has been set up for the families of Gene Hern and Frank Romero. The following are the accounts: Children of Gene Hern, Wells Fargo account number 7040660958 and the widow of Frank Romero, Wells Fargo account number 7040660941.

    • The city of Las Vegas employee union has set up memorial funds for Gene Hern and Frank Romero at the State Employees Credit Union. The Hern account number is 3001582700 and the Romero account is 3001582710.

  • In a flag raising ceremonial the VFW Post 1131 in Mora showed its respect in honoring those who have gone before them and gave the supreme sacrifice for our country.