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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 13, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A GENEROUS DONATION
    Southwest Capital Bank is donating $3,500 to the Mora schools for its mariachi program. The money will go a long way toward the $5,000 needed to complete the group’s uniforms. We’re glad to see a local business stepping up and helping its neighbors.

    THUMBS DOWN! A SENSELESS TRAGEDY

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 13, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Melody falls, Donnelly reign nears end

    It was a Sunday evening on Nov. 21 1965, when Highlands President Tom Donnelly and the university’s regents gathered for dinner and ceremonies at the newly completed dormitory on the west campus. They were joined by dignitaries from throughout New Mexico, including State Sen. Gene Lusk, who would be the Democratic nominee for governor in just a few months, and State Sen. Harold Runnels, who would become a longtime New Mexico congressman.

  • Editorial Roundup: Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Dec. 13, 2013

    The Glens Falls Post-Star on the difficult process of removing incompetent teachers in New York (Dec. 5):

    The great weakness of New York’s education system has been school leaders’ inability to get rid of ineffective and even incompetent teachers, so it’s news worth celebrating that recent changes in state law have made that process easier.
    After decades of complaints about the unwieldy and expensive disciplinary process for tenured teachers, called 3020-a, New York last year passed reforms that streamlined the required hearings.

  • Interpreter at event: I was hallucinating

    By Alan Clendenning and Juergen Baetz
    The Associated Press

    JOHANNESBURG — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.

  • U.S. files brief on water dispute

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take a middle-ground approach on a water dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande.

    A brief filed Tuesday by the U.S. solicitor general’s office didn’t take sides in the interstate dispute but said the Supreme Court should leave the door open for a quick resolution, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Students of the month - Dec. 13, 2013
  • Deadline Sun. for submissions

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The deadline for submitting entries for the New Mexico Highlands University Picayune Literary Magazine is Sunday.

    Each spring, graduate students in the Department of English graduate produce Picayune, which features national and international submissions of short fiction, poetry, flash fiction of no more than 250 words, and black-line art.

    Literary submissions for consideration may come from students, faculty, staff and others outside the university community.

  • In Brief - Education - Dec. 13, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Colorado prof. suspended

    BOULDER, Colo. — A Colorado university has suspended a religious studies professor whose silent protest against racial bias led to complaints about his refusal to speak during classes.
    Naropa University professor Don Matthews said he launched the protest on the Boulder campus during his classes last week, the Boulder Daily Camera reported Wednesday.

  • Mora County Notebook: Christmas spirit alive in the valley

    The big week-end in Mora started on Friday with the school children decorating the Christmas tree inside of the Southwest Capital Bank. Joyce Romo and Sarah Martinez brought their second graders to the bank to decorate the pine tree on Friday morning with attractive decorations the students made in class.

    Then on Saturday the Winter Fest and pageant was well attended.

    In spite of cold and threatening snow the Winter Fest was a great success. The many local venders were there to show off their wares and sell to those who needed the things they had made.