Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook: Joshua Garcia receives prestigious scholarship

    Joshua Garcia and six other northern New Mexico recipients were honored at a luncheon this month where they received the Pete Domenici Scholarship funded by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Garcia, son of John and Ann Garcia, is a 2011 graduate of Mora High School. At the luncheon recipients had a chance to sit and visit with Domenici.

    The students selected for the scholarship were chosen because of their outstanding academic achievement as well as outstanding leadership skills and community service.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - May 27, 2011

    Community Calendar

    6 p.m.  - Senior class graduation, Mora High School Gym                                           

    7 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Huge yard sale and bake sale, Mora Senior Center
    10 a.m. - Senior class graduation, Wagon Mound School

  • A math wizard — Willie Sanchez

    A recent KFUN radio program that Jesus Lopez hosts had an old friend of mine as a guest. Willie Sanchez and I were students at New Mexico Highlands University together a long time ago.

    This was the early 1950s when our veterans from both World War II and the Korean conflict returned and went to school via the G.I. Bill. They came to get a good and useful education so they could move on with their lives. Some of us younger students didn’t have the same work and study habits they had. In other words, they came to get an education and they had little time to goof off.

  • ‘In spirit ... watching me’

    Most of the West Las Vegas High School seniors were beaming with joy during their graduation ceremony this past Saturday, but the day was bittersweet for Stacy Romero.

    Her father, Roy Ortiz, died in a car accident on May 1, the day after her senior prom.

    “I was expecting him to be at my graduation,” an emotional Romero said. After all, he had told her he would be there.

    On Saturday morning, as she and her classmates were receiving their diplomas in the packed Gillie Lopez gymnasium, Romero’s thoughts wandered to her father.

  • New Mexico Highlands University Main Campus 2011 Graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Bachelor of Arts

    Artie J. Allen,
    Human Performance & Sport
    Adam Alvidrez,
    Criminal Justice Studies
    BrynErin Vivtoria Anderson,
    Marco V. Aragon,
    Political Science
    Efuetbejah Atemnkeng,
    Coleen Ruth Avery,
    Criminal Justice Studies
    Navid Babadi,
    Abenicio E. Baldonado,
    Political Science
    Jason Louis Bays,

  • Luna Community College Graduates 2011

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eugene L. Abeyta,
    Drafting Technology-AAS Degree, cum laude

    Janel Alcón,
    Practical Nursing-Certificate

    Jessica M. Aragón,
    Teacher Education-AA Degree

    Marco M. Aragón,
    Sports Performance-AAS Degree

    Danielle Maxine Archuleta,
    Practical Nursing-Certificate

    Dave Armijo,
    Business Accounting-AAS Degree

    Laura A. Armijo,
    Dental Assistant-Certificate

    Amber Baca,
    High School Diploma Equivalency

  • Robertson High School 2011 Graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Desiree Aguilar

    Elise Victoria Almendarez

    Rhiannon Celeste Altimore

    Ashley Lee Aragon

    Demi Kathleen Aragon

    Dillon Archuleta

    Dominique Dolline Archuleta

    Nicholas Stephen Archuleta

    Charlie Cruz Armijo

    Marcus John Armijo

    Angelica Yolanda Baca

    Cameron Scott Basler

    Dezi Rae Tina Benavidez

    Estevan Benavidez

    Brianna Lynn Bourbon

    Amadeus Omar Brister Boydston

    Peter Samuel Campos

  • West Las Vegas High School 2011 Graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Reanna Alderete

    Steven Alvino

    Nicholas Aragon

    Corey Archibeque

    Mario Archuleta

    Augusta Arellanes

    Seth Armijo

    Joey Avila

    John-Nathan Baca

    Kevin Baca

    Brandy Benavidez

    Gabrielle Benavidez

    Alex Branch

    Jesus Caro

    Stephanie Carrillo

    Lizseth Castaneda

    Julio Castillo

    Marissa Chavez

    Angelina Chavez

    Patricia Chavez

    Teresa Chavez

  • Family Partnership 2011 Graduates

    Submitted to the Optic
    Alires, Richard P.

    Caro, Jesus M.

    *Gómez, Jerry James

    Killian, Justin Raymond Earl

    *Mares, Jaime Estrella

    Medina, Mark J.

    Melchor, Leslye Elissa

    Moreno, Joseph Robert, Jr.

    Nickson, Tiana Nicole

    Padilla Jacqueline Stacy

    *Padilla, Julie A.

    Raines, Nicole Leslie

    Rubio, Ryan Ramon

    Salazar, Michael

    Salazar, Nikolas C.

    Sandoval, Brandon Jeremy

    Urioste, Carlos R.

  • Mora High School - 2011 Graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Charles B. Alcon

    Franceska Jo Alexander

    Eric Zachary Casados

    Joey Chavez

    Derek J. Cordova

    Manuel J. Duran

    Margaret Bianca Duran

    Monique Marie Duran

    Tempra Rose Fields

    Samantha S. Gamel

    John Garcia

    Joshua Daylon Garcia

    Sonya Cheyenne Gonzales

    Adam Steven Laumbach

    Andrew M. Lesse

    Jessica Monique Lucero

    Adam Jared Maes

    Jeremy Martinez