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Today's News

  • Dear Teacher - June 11, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Kindergarten is looming on the horizon in two months for my daughter. She still handles pencils rather awkwardly. I know they seem challenging with their length and skinny bodies. Do you have any suggestions that will make writing with a pencil easier for her? — Writing Skills

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Classical pianist was guest at Gascon Ranch

    I learned long ago that it is a small world out there, in so many ways. I have been a Rotarian for 20 years, and I have yet to hear a boring program at a meeting. Last month’s meeting was yet another reminder of that.

    The director of accreditation for Highlands University, E.J. Choe is a classical musician and an unbelievable pianist. The upright piano got a workout and then some at the Plaza Hotel during our lunch-hour meeting there.

  • Mora students attend Boys and Girls State

    Submitted to the Optic

    Five Mora High School students have been selected to attend New Mexico Boys and Girls state. They are: Alonzo Aragon, Eloy Roybal, Luzia Manuel, Adriana Alcon and Mariah Garza.

    Aragon is the son of Frank and Cindy Aragon; Eloy Roybal is son of Cindy Branch. The two are attendimg Boys State at the Eastern New Mexico University campus from May 28 to June 2.  

    Girls State was held on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Girls State took place from June 4 to June 9.

  • Fracking a tough choice in Maryland

    This editorial was published by Capital News Service on June 2.

    Allegany and Garrett, Maryland’s two westernmost counties, tend to be lumped together as “Mountain Maryland,” their problems similar, their prospects equally muddled.

    But the two counties’ economic issues — and their approaches to solving them — differ starkly.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 11, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Ten things you will someday regret

    By Rick Kraft

    What is your biggest regret?  If you could go back and do it all over again, what would you change?

    The word “regret” is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as “sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one’s control of power or repair.” The key elements in this definition are “sorrow” and “beyond one’s control.”

  • Babbling Brooks - Plenty of room for two farmers markets

    This editorial was published by Capital News Service on June 2.

    Allegany and Garrett, Maryland’s two westernmost counties, tend to be lumped together as “Mountain Maryland,” their problems similar, their prospects equally muddled.

    But the two counties’ economic issues — and their approaches to solving them — differ starkly.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - With Father’s Day approaching: lessons I learned

    When I walked into Joseph Baca’s office at KFUN, I was struck by a piece of furniture standing quietly in the corner of the office. It was a squat blond console that I later learned housed a turntable.

    On the front was the original RCA logo. I told Joseph he’d be reading about his record player because my father was the inventor of it. Well, maybe that’s not exactly right, but Daddy was surely instrumental.

  • Mom, daughter triumph

    The mother-daughter duo of Stacy and Brandelyn Fulgenzi played conquerors this past weekend, winning the United States Tennis Association’s national indoor mother-daughter championship.

    The tournament, held June 2-4 in Vancouver, Wash., drew women’s doubles teams from across the nation.

    In advancing to the championship final, the Fulgenzis upset two pairs who are nationally ranked in the mother-daughter division.

  • Chihuahuas win 5-4

    Like the often evasive little dog that is its namesake, the El Paso Chihuahua baseball team again squirmed away from host Albuquerque on Thursday night, leaving town with a 5-4 comeback win and a three-games-to-one series triumph.

    The host Isotopes carried a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning and hadn’t trailed.

    Christian Villanueva’s solo home run in the eighth chopped the lead to one run.