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Today's News

  • California school districts sue state

    By Terence Chea
    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO  — A coalition of school districts and education groups sued the state of California on Wednesday, seeking the restoration of more than $2 billion in funding they say public schools are owed under state law.

    The lawsuit seeks the return of $2.1 billion in education funding that was cut from the 2011-2012 state budget. The plaintiffs say districts are owed that money under Proposition 98, a 1988 voter initiative that guarantees California public schools a minimum level of funding.

  • In Brief - Education - Sept. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    Cops: immigrants ride school bus
    DEMING — Authorities say four more suspected illegal immigrants entered the U.S and then boarded a New Mexico public school bus.

    The Deming Headlight reports that Deming Public School transportation office director Ray Trejo says once the four were in Deming, the school bus driver notified the school district which in turn notified the Deming Police Department.

    Police Chief Michael Carillo says the case was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

  • Opening of the remodeled transfer station

    Officials from Mora County and the state of New Mexico officially opened Mora’s remodeled transfer station on Wednesday. The first truck to dump trash in the new bins was the Mora Independent School’s trash truck. Officials and workers took part in the opening.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Sept. 30 2011

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    7 p.m. - Mora Ranger football vs. Escalante, district game), home (NMHU)
    Saturday
    10 a.m. - Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Springer, 7th and 8th
    9 a.m. - Mora cross country at Santa Fe Indian School, jv, varsity
    Sunday
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Pancake Breakfast, VFW hall building benefit fund
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. - Mora Valley Community Health Services Board Meeting, administration building of MVCHS

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The cowgirl and the Way of the West

    A long time ago, when I was much  younger, I was hanging around the edges of a conversation between two of our famous area cowboys. We were at a cattle sale, and I vividly remember Dee Bibb and Ike Wiggins talking about someone they both knew. One of them said to the other: “if you want to know a fella, handle money with him.” Those two highly respected cowboys had handled lots of money with lots of fellers, and they knew whereof they spoke.

  • Nine running for Little Miss

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the 10th Annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. The theme for the pageant is Pretty in Pink.

    Nine girls will be competing for the title in four categories of competition: talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question.  

  • Exhibit focuses on jewelry

    From The Associated Press
    NEW YORK  — An enamel black-and-white brooch by Roy Lichtenstein that recalls his pop art designs. A bold gilt-painted necklace twisted into a bowtie by Frank Stella inspired by his sculptural forms and reliefs.

    These wearable works of art are at once different but recognizable as the designs of their creators, and are among nearly 200 one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry pieces in a new exhibition at the Museum of Arts

  • A water system in disrepair

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic begins a six-part series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    When Public Service Company of New Mexico offered to hand over the water utility to the city of Las Vegas for $1 in the early 1980s, alarm bells went off in Alfonso Ortiz’s mind.

  • Bear captured on Harris Road

    Juan Ortiz and his family had a circus of a morning Monday, courtesy of a large bear that showed up in their yard on Harris Road.

    While feeding his pigs, lambs, chickens and other animals he spotted two New Mexico State Police officers with their guns drawn. He questioned their presence, and they informed him there was a big bear in the area.

  • City suing Luna for gas payment

    The dispute between the city of Las Vegas and Luna Community College over a disputed natural gas bill is in court, and a May 1, 2012, trial date has been set.

    The city filed suit against Luna earlier this year seeking to recover $81,000 it says it is owed. The college maintains in a court filing that it has already settled the city’s claim and that it doesn’t owe the money the city is seeking.