Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (HPWA) is offering a fly-fishing workshop for beginners or experienced anglers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Gallinas Canyon.

    Fly-fishing, like hunting, helps keep us connected with reading the land and water ways. Discussion will focus on whether the river is healthy enough to support trout and how to enhance the river’s ability to sustain a healthy trout population.

    • Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Jaquin Amador of The Loadn Fund and Bernadette Lujan of Balanced Health Acupuncture, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at El Fidel Hotel. Open to the public. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

    • Tierra y Montes Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the U.S. Forest Service building. For more information, call 425-9088.


  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents a Brush Up Your Shakespeare concert Sunday with professional musicians singing musical compositions based upon the Elizabethan playwright and poet’s work.

    The concert is at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

    The concert features Christina Martos, soprano vocalist, Carlos Archuleta, baritone vocalist, and Debra Ayers, pianist.  

    • A city wide clean-up will take place on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. Volunteers are asked to show up at 9 a.m. both days at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

    • The Tri-County Farmers Market is opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the 6th and University parking lot next to Semilla Natural Foods. There will also be an afternoon market on Wednesday, May 20 at Mallette’s Feed and Supply. For more information, call 426-1468.

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    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.


    TBA— Celebration of Learning awards ceremony at Mora Elementary
    TBA— Mora High School senior banquet

    3:30 p.m. — Mora school board meeting, board room
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League, Yankees vs. Rockies, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Dodgers, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League T-Ball, Angels vs. Rockies, Field 1, and Giants vs. Padres, Field 2


  • My aged copy of the Chicago Daily News, dated Aug. 18, 1970, had a headline story about the many hippie communes that had sprung up in Northern New Mexico. Last week’s column quoted from this story, and I think yet another column should be written about our own experiences with these foreigners, mostly young adults, who came from a city environment and who thought they could just live off the land in this rugged part of New Mexico.

    The commune that took over the meadow at the high end of Morphy Canyon was right across from our north line fence.

  • With wildland fire season upon us the CHET fire station has organized a Wildland Interface Summit starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Mora Elementary School gym.

    Shawn Alvey, a captain at CHET Fire Department near Cleveland, said the event will include presentations by representatives of the state forestry department, National Resource Conservation Service, the National Forest Service and Mora County officials.

    They will discuss fire, defensible spacing, and funding available for landowners pertaining to cross fencing, thinning and farming.

    • The West Las Vegas Band will be having its Spring Concert starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at Ilfeld Auditorium. They will be featuring guest artist Pancho Romero from NMSU (WLV alumnus), Emily Maestas (WLV alumna), Arnell David Arellanes (WLV alumnus), and Yasmin Flores. They are also inviting all Litra Romero students to participate in the event by playing Adelita at the concert. Stop by the band room or call for more information.