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  • Stefanics winning in Senate race

    Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics was winning in the race for the District 39 Senate Seat with 32 of 41 precincts reporting.

    If she maintains her lead in the four-way battle for the Democratic nod, Stefanics will go on to face Republican incumbent Theodore Barela in November.

    Stefanics, a 65-year-old from Santa Fe, led the four-way contest with 38.5 percent of the vote. Mike Dale Anaya was second with 22.6 percent. Ambrose Castellano was third with 20.9 percent. Hugh Ley was fourth with  18 percent.

  • Gutierrez pulls off big win in county clerk race

    With all but two precincts reporting, County Clerk Geraldine Gutierrez has staved off a challenge from opponent David Romero to win the Democratic nomination for the county clerk post. Gutierrez took 70.4 percent of the vote compared to 29.6 percent for Romero.

    The only precincts not included in the totals are the ones in Conchas and Trujillo. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place. With no Republican challenger, Gutierrez is all but guaranteed a win in the November General election.

    The three Democratic races for County Commission weren't as close.

  • Woman killed in Monday crash

    Las Vegas police say alcohol was involved in two separate crashes in recent days, a single-vehicle rollover that resulted in the death of a 26-year-old woman and a second crash that left an 18-year-old motorcyclist severely injured.

    Criminal charges have been filed against the drivers in both cases.

    The fatal crash occurred early Monday morning near the 500 block of South Commerce Street.

  • Lottery scholarships to fund about 90 percent of tuition

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

     Despite rising tuition rates at more than a dozen colleges and universities in New Mexico, state higher education officials say about 90 percent of eligible students’ tuition costs will be covered next year by lottery scholarship funding.
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    Still, officials are warning that without reforms, the scholarship program will be affected.

  • Cultural Exchange

    If a year ago we had known the implications of having two strangers long-term into our home and lives, would we have gone through with it?

    This is not a rhetorical question. My wife, Bonnie, and I obviously didn’t realize all that’s necessary when we “adopted” two high school foreign exchange students through the American Field Services program. They joined us in early September and have become welcome additions.

  • UWC hires new president

    Las Vegas Optic

    The board of trustees of UWC-USA has selected New Mexico native Victoria Mora as the fifth president of UWC-USA.

    She will begin her new job on Aug. 1. Currently the senior vice-president for development and alumni relations at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, Mora earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Yale University in 1992 and returned to New Mexico to join the faculty of St. John’s College. In 2006, Mora assumed the duties of dean of the college before leading the advancement and development teams beginning in 2012.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Rock and glass: Ariz. canyons & Chicago skyscrapers

    After a laughter-filled evening with Cousin John, we departed Taylor, Arizona and continued driving “off the route.”

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — June 5, 2016

    lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Barbecue chicken, creamy coleslaw, green beans, wheat roll with margarine, and chocolate pudding with topping

    TUESDAY
    Sweet and sour pork, oriental vegetables, carrots, fruit cocktail, peanut butter cookie, and gelatin with topping

    WEDNESDAY
    Meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with cheese, dinner roll with margarine, cantaloupe, and yogurt

    THURSDAY
    Center closed for training

  • Mora native, Roybal-Mack, receives Pettijohn Award

    Mora native Antonia Roybal-Mack is the recipient of the Henrietta Pettijohn Award for her involvement in her community.
    The New Mexico Women’s Bar Association named her to this yearly honor in late April.

    Roybal-Mack was honored by some 250 family and friends. She also was honored by various judges who came to share stories of how Roybal-Mack assisted others by buying clothes for kids who were trapped in a bad living arrangement.

  • Narrow miss for state cop

    Las Vegas Optic

    A state police vehicle burst into flames early Saturday morning after a semi tractor trailer collided with a pickup on Interstate 25 just north of Las Vegas, forcing the truck to slam into the patrol car.

    Patrolman Roslyn Vigil was outside of her vehicle when the crash occurred, and she escaped injury, as did the driver of the semi, 56-year-old Mark Griego of Los Lunas. State police report that the driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries and was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for treatment.