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Today's Features

  • Imagine a bovine alien in your garden. His eyes don’t mimic almonds, his body doesn’t don the silver suit of a galactic wanderer.

    Rather, he stands on vertical hooves, his exposed trunk an expanse of weathered coil and spring.

    He is the nightmare of a thousand childhood sci-fi movies. He is the height of a gnome, the monster under your bed. His head carries the ragged antennae of a sideshow bull’s horns. He looks cute, terrifying, an oil-pitch sentry. He is the somehow living recycled hothouse buffalo man of Las Vegas sculptor Debbie Morse.

  • Jim Terr loves Las Vegas and what makes Las Vegas unique:  our local independent merchants.  

    He produced a video, “Mama Don’t Send Me to the Big-Box Store,” which is receiving lots of notice: more than 5,900 references on Google, when you enter the title in quotes.

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    The Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant was held on Sunday March 27 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  

    Kayla Gonzales was crowned Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen 2011 and Daniela Montoya was named first runner-up. After the pageant it was revealed that Gonzales would be ineligible to compete at the Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen Pageant because she is a high school graduate.

  • Mora School students have been enjoying a new National Archery School Program sponsored by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. 

    Tyson Sanders of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department has been teaching Mora students how to use the bow and arrow in archery for sport and hunting.

    Jeannie Abeyta, Mora High School physical education teacher and coach, is also teaching archery. She has gone through training to be certified as a teacher of archery.

  • Community Calendar

    Friday
    1 p.m.to 2:30 p.m. - Bake sale at the Senior Citizen’s Center
     

    Saturday
    Wagon Mound Pee Wee Basketball Tournament
    Wagon Mound at the State Chess Meet
    9:30 a.m. - Mora Track and Field at Fort Sumner
    Noon - St.Gertrudes Credit Union Annual Meeting, Helping Hands Inc.
    5:30 p.m. - Mora Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, VFW Hall

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    The school publications staff at Wagon Mound High School will be attending the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association’s spring convention.

    This year Wagon Mound’s school publications staff members are Corey Muniz, Amber Maestas, Charlene Trujillo and Darlene Trujillo.

    Muniz, Maestas and Darlene Trujillo are all in the 11th grade. Charlene Trujillo is a 10th-grader. Their advisor is Eddie Lujan.

  • We’ve heard of guns and roses, and in my family it actually is guns and a Christmas tree. Yet another box of very old files from my father’s collection brings back another memory from long ago.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

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    Area residents will be coming together Saturday, April 9 at the Luna Community College cafeteria to meet, share heirloom seeds, and exchange knowledge about local agriculture.

    The free event, titled “Compartiendo Semillas, Sembrando el Futuro,” (Sharing Seeds, Planting the Future) is sponsored by several local organizations including Casa de Cultura, Las Vegas Barter Hours, Luna Community College and the Tri-County Farmers Market.