Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon - February 14, 2016
  • Editorial: Time to enact reforms

    There’s no question that Jose and Denise Encinias failed the two mentally ill men they took in as boarders.

    Those men, Cochise Bayhan, 56, and Alex Montoya, 61, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a backyard shed where they were being housed after being released from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in 2013.

    But this tragic case has also brought to light a major flaw in the system, one that lawmakers need to fix as soon as possible.

  • Another Perspective: Campos fix would help teachers

    The test-based focus of House Bill 2, the “budget bill,” must be ended.

    Students are at the center of our existence at the National Education Association — New Mexico. Student success is best supported when every student has a high-quality professional education team there for them. House Bill 2 as sent by the House to the Senate moves our state in the wrong direction.

  • Choosing to avoid the victim mentality

    I have trouble with the “victim” mentality. There I said it.

    If I have offended someone, I am sorry. I really am. My comments to follow are not designed to minimize those reading this who have the right to be called a “victim,” because these individuals exist among us. I just think that too many people live their lives justifying their failure to do what they need to be doing by stereotyping themselves as a victim.

    So please hear me out, because I don’t want to come across as being insensitive.

  • Some accidents become death sentences for elderly

    A week before Mom turned 95, she lost her balance and broke her hip.  For many elderly, this kind of accident is a death sentence.  In fact, when I found her on the floor, she said “What a way to go”!

     But that is not what happened. Our family learned some things during her stay in the hospital and nursing home.

  • Learning Community Foundation makes $10K gift to HU campaign

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Learning Community Foundation of Albuquerque donated $10,000 to a Highlands University campaign to raise $250,000 to increase high-impact practices like undergraduate research that boost student success.

    Viola Martínez, a Highlands School of Education alumna and president of the Learning Community Foundation, made the gift to the Highlands Foundation.

  • Dear Teacher - Feb. 14, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Has the importance of legible handwriting diminished since keyboarding has become so popular? Are there any real benefits to having good handwriting? I have always had what others consider to be very attractive writing. What will happen in the future? Will no one write by hand? — For Legibility

  • High school students thrive at coffee bar

    By Leah Ulatowski
    Sheboygan Press Media

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis.  — The staff of Sheboygan Falls High School’s Falcon Java Roost, composed entirely of students from the school’s special education program, functions like a well-oiled machine.

    At this school-based coffee bar, an abundance of pats on the back, high fives and praises are exchanged between the workers, as well as the occasional fit of giggles.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu — Feb. 14, 2016

    5 p.m.
    The Rangers of Mora Middle School will face off with the Peñasco Panthers in Peñasco.

    4 p.m.
    The Rangers of Mora Middle School will battle with Memorial Middle School in Las vegas.

    3:30 p.m.
    The Rangers and Rangerettes of Mora High School will face the Bobcats of McCurdy at home.

    4 p.m.
    The Rangers of Mora Middle School will compete against the Tigers of Taos at home.

    4 p.m.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Winter brings 86 inches of snow­—and counting

    As I write this, very early in February, the weather forecast  was for snow showers in the mountains. It is snowing so hard I can barely make out the small cabin south of my picture window. This Gascon weather station has had 86 inches of snow so far this winter. The high mountain tops have had at least twice that amount so hopefully we will have fast running streams this summer.