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Today's Features

  • Kylie Angelique Tafoya, 8, likes to perform in front of large audiences.

    That’s according to Sara Harris, the mistress of ceremonies at the recent sold-out 16th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad.

    “The bigger the audience the better,” Harris said.

    The young San Juan girl took the New Mexico Hispano Music Association’s Child Artist of the Year Award.

    As Kylie took the stage during the Hispanidad event, she stepped up to the microphone but she couldn’t quite make it. She took a little jump, and her fingers slipped off.

  • Imagine a person who combines the full spectrum of reality and communing with nature with deep convictions of spirituality — a transcendentalist, perhaps — of the 21st century.

    Janice “Jan” Arrott, the embodiment of this combination, was born in October 1932 in Worthington, Minn. She never knew her father, Arthur James, who died two months before Jan was born.

  • As the Lady Dons ended their unforgettable season in the University of New Mexico’s “Pit,” appreciation for coach Jose “Magic” Medina and the team’s achievement’s was only beginning.

    As star players Vanessa Lucero and Miranda Martinez walked off the court, they were invited to try out for the Nike Elite Travel Team. Of the more than 130 young women who tried out, both Lady Dons made the squad.

  • Highlands University student Joni Martinez is seen as someone with an engaging personality. But there’s one thing many people don’t know about her: She is legally blind.

    Other than her family, friends, co-workers and those she gets to know over time, most people apparently aren’t aware of the condition of Martinez’s eyesight.

    Maggie Romigh is Martinez’s boss at Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring program for children.

  • Staff Sgt. Martin David Gallegos is a graduate of Robertson High School, but visited both East and West schools last week to unfurl three U.S. flags flown over war-torn Iraq. 

    The flags were flown by his National Guard unit in a Iraq. With each flag, Gallegos also presented a plaque describing its history. 

    Gallegos is serving with the 515th Regiment out of Belen. The soldiers are stationed at Camp Bucca, a forward operating base about 200 miles south of Baghdad.

  • CASA volunteers help children who have no one else.

    The program’s local director, Barbara Perea Casey, said community volunteers are part of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program and are highly trained individuals who are the voice for children who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

  • Leah Lucero says no teenager should miss their prom night for lack of a dress or tuxedo.

    “No one should have to sit at home on prom night, so I thought if we asked for donations of prom attire, whether it’s dresses, suits, or accessories, we could organize a prom closet. It’s also a good way to get the community involved in one of the biggest school functions of the year,” Lucero said.

    Lucero said she originally brought up the idea at Key Club, where she is  president. But members already had another project in mind.

  • Wherever Martin Sena teaches he makes his students shine, partly because he makes learning fun.

    But mostly when they listen to this master of mariachi, they find themselves at ease on stage because they’re confident in their skills.

    “This is something easy for me to do because the kids like it so much,” Sena said. 

  • Courtney Ferguson was crowned the new Miss Las Vegas 2010, and Erin Scott won the title Miss San Miguel County in the annual pageant -- a prelude to the Miss New Mexico and Miss America stages.

    “I feel amazing, I didn’t think I did well in the interview, but I guess I did better than I thought. It’s just so exciting and a real eye opener -- I’ve never done anything like this, so it was definitely an experience of a lifetime,” Ferguson said.

  • They’ve devoted a lifetime to the care of others and each other. John Sketchley Moore and Edith Turner Moore, pharmacist and nurse, respectively, have more than related professions to explain their almost 61 years’ close-knit relationship.

    One cannot miss the unspoken communication between the two — a good-hearted smirk from John, a quick glance and softening of facial features into a sweet smile from Edith — no doubt about it, there’s something special here.