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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 5, 2012

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas vs. Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Fort Lewis, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Metro State, 7 p.m., Denver
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Bernalillo, 3 p.m., Bernalillo
    • Memorial Middle School vs. Valley, 4 p.m., TBA

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU alumni home run derby, etc., TBA, Brandt Park
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Oklahoma Panhandle State, 10 a.m., Goodwell, Okla.

  • Sapello resident, mother of four, receives scholarship

    By Billie Blair
    LANL Foundation

    Sheila Montoya of Sapello juggles a family including her husband and four children, classes at Luna Community College and clinicals in Las Vegas and Santa Fe to pursue her dream of becoming a registered nurse.

    Her life is “crazy,” she says, but “good crazy.” During a weekend of planning for her daughter and son’s birthday party, homework from Luna and readying for Sunday Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish, she took time to reflect on the path she has chosen to achieve a lifelong dream.

  • In Brief - Education - Oct. 5, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Couture to get salary, $454,000
    ALBUQUERQUE — Departing New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture will be paid nearly $454,000 when she leaves her post in January.
    That’s on top of the salary she’ll earn while on paid administrative from now until she officially leaves at the end of the year. At an annual salary of $392,700, she’ll earn about $100,000 for the next three months leave.

  • Nora Lopez celebrates 80th birthday

    Chacon is a very good place to live. Many people there make it to 80 years and beyond.

    Nora Lopez is one of them.

    Her children and grand children held a surprise birthday party for her on her 80th birthday last week.

    The family and many friends and neighbors from Chacon and Mora gathered at the VFW hall to honor her with the big celebration. She was happily surprised as she was escorted into the building and found that they had completely fooled her on the reason for the ride to Mora.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Oct. 5, 2012

    Community Calendar
    Saturday
    10 am. — Mora cross country, Santa Fe Indian School
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Dulce, away junior and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home, junior varsity and varsity
    TuesdaY
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commission meeting, Wagon Mound
    4:30 p.m. — Mora Mutual Water and Sewage Board, MW&S office
    Wednesday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Gathering ‘Palabras Pintorescas’ for future columns

    The calendar says it is fall. That means it should be getting cold, and the winds (and hopefully, storms) of winter should not be far behind. Many of us are securing a stack of firewood, often between baling the last of the hay fields that produced just average yields this year.

  • Refuge will be a research ‘mecca’

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lauded New Mexico Highlands University for its environmental research at the Wind River Ranch during the dedication of the property as the new Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge last Thursday.

    “This place will become a mecca for environmental education and research in New Mexico and the U.S. through Highlands University and other partnerships,” Salazar said. “Today we are taking a very significant step in creating the 21st century conservation agenda.”

  • West coach killed in crash

    A single-vehicle accident Sunday night claimed the life of a 35-year-old man who devoted his life to coaching students both on and off the field.

    Josh Garcia, West Las Vegas Middle School’s football coach, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, about 100 yards north of Louden, on the city’s northwest side, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    “He was pinned in the vehicle, and it took about an hour to extricate him,” the chief added.

  • Police investigate stabbing

    A 19-year-old man was stabbed early Saturday morning during a brawl outside of a home on the 900 block of Tilden.

    A Las Vegas police officer came upon the scene at 1:24 a.m. Saturday while patrolling the area. He saw at least 15 people on the street and what appeared to be a fight, according to a preliminary police report on the incident.

  • More frosh at Luna - Highlands has 2 percent drop

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    Officials at both Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University are seeing mixed results when it comes to their fall enrollment numbers.

    Enrollment at Highlands is up on the main campus but down at several of its centers. Total enrollment at Highlands is 3,659, a 2 percent drop from last fall.

    Enrollment at Luna Community College, meanwhile, is down slightly from last fall, but the number of incoming freshmen is up by 63 percent.