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Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic

    When Alta Vista Regional Hospital asked former patients to nominate exceptional nurses who exceeded expectations, the community responded.
    The Patient Choice Award recognizes the quality care, comfort and compassion offered by the nurses at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, and honors one nurse in particular. As part of National Nurse’s Week, May 6-12, JoAnn Campbell, RN, was presented with the award at a hospital ceremony.

  • THURSDAYJUEVES
    • Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announced its monthly
    Glimpses of the Past program, “An Unsolved Mystery: The Mail Train Massacre

  • TODAY HOY

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    • 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.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Luna Community College is offering enhanced college credit summer programs for high school students and 2011 graduating seniors. For information, call 454-5377 or 1-800-588-7232 ext. 175. Registration is on-going through June 10.

  • 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.