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Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook: Native celebrates Diamond Jubilee

    Sister Teresa of the Child Jesus, OCD, of the Monastery of Our Mother of Mercy, Alexandria, S.D., celebrated her Diamond Jubilee of entrance on Oct. 25.

    She had celebrated her renewal of vows at a Concelebrated Mass on May 31 with the Most Rev. John J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D.. as principal celebrant.

    He gave a beautiful homily in which he quoted St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, thanking sister for her years of service to God and His church.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Nov. 8, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    6:30p.m. — District volleyball tournament
    Saturday
    9:30 a.m — Cross Country State Tournament, girls race, Rio Rancho
    12:05 p.m. — Cross Country State Tournament, boys race, RioRancho
    10 a.m. — Sangre de Cristo Stock Growers Association meeting, Tapetes de Lana
    2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Auditions for Christmas Pageant, Tapetes de Lana, sponsored by Mora Community Theater
    4 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Dinner honoring the veterans for Veterans Day,
    Sunday

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The importance of tree thinning

    That old saying that you can’t see the forest for the trees isn’t always true. I had an opportunity recently to see the trees, the forest and now the properly thinned forest first-hand right up the canyon from our ranch headquarters.

    Elauterio and Antonia Vigil, who are our nearby neighbors, were named New Mexico State Tree Farmers of the year, 2013.

  • An education masterpiece
  • Gurule wins scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University business management senior Daniela Gurule was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from MANA del Norte.

    MANA stands for Mexican-American Women’s National Association, a nonprofit that has worked since 1974 to empower Latinas through education, community service, leadership development and advocacy.

    Gurule, 33, is a Santa Fe native who has earned a 4.0 GPA at the Highlands Santa Fe Center. She also works full-time as the dual-credit specialist at Santa Fe Community College.

  • In Brief - Education - Nov. 8, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Students top nation in scores
    BOSTON — Massachusetts fourth- and eighth-graders are leading the country in reading and math scores.
    Massachusetts ranked first in eighth-grade mathematics, and tied for first in fourth-grade reading, fourth-grade mathematics, and eighth-grade reading, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam.
    On all four tests, Massachusetts students scored well above the national average.

  • Scores up, but not all news good

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — Today’s fourth and eighth graders are doing better than their predecessors in math and reading, but even with record scores, it’s too early to celebrate.

    The vast majority of the students still are not demonstrating solid academic performance in either subject, according to the 2013 Nation’s Report Card, which was released Thursday.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 8, 2013

    THUMBS UP! HELPING THOSE IN NEED
    Luna Community College students are sponsoring a coat drive to help people stay warm this winter. The last day to donate a coat and other items like hats, gloves and scarves is Nov. 22. The items will be distributed on Nov. 23. It’s great to see students getting involved in such a worthy cause. Let’s help them out by looking through our closets and donating the coats we no longer use.

    THUMBS UP! MURDER CHARGE FILED

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 8, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Remembering a true believer

    People here still remember my parents. I know because they still ask about them. They may not have lived here long, but they were adored by those they served.

    Well, technically, only my father, the Rev. Charles P. McDonald Jr., “served” the church. For nearly two years in 2005-2007 he was interim pastor for First United Methodist Church here in Las Vegas. But my mother, Lois Lee King McDonald, also served — brightening up the congregation with her inextinguishable optimism and belief, always, in the goodness of everyone she met.