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Today's News

  • 3 accused of helping bomber

    By Allen G. Breed and Denise Lavoie
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who’d become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television.

    Dias Kadyrbayev, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, texted his college buddy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying he looked like one of the bombing suspects.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - May 3, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Martinez plans review of laws

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says she’s forming a group to recommend improvements in New Mexico’s child abuse laws.
    The Republican governor, who is a former prosecutor, made the announcement Wednesday to mark the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • Mora County Notebook: Chamber holds annual banquet and clean-up

    The Mora Chamber of Commerce held its seventh annual banquet on April 20 at the VFW Hall. It was well attended.

    The main speaker for this year’s banquet was Dora Dominguez of the New Mexico Economic Development Department.

    In addition to Dominguez’s presentation, there was a silent auction with a representation of the work and art of the members. Donations were also made by chamber merchants.

    During the banquet, awards were presented to deserving citizens of the community. New members and new businesses were also recognized.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 3, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    10 a.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Monte Vista at Ft. Marcy
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Community Health Services Board meeting, administration building
    Tuesday
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. Jemez, home, junior varsity and varsity
    6 p.m. — Little League opening ceremonies, Little League field, Holman
    6 p.m. — Tee-ball Angels vs. Pirates
    6 p.m. — Little League, Field #1 Dodgers vs. Rockies Field #2 Cardinals vs. A’s

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Saddle up, cowgirl

    Once in a while I run into a photograph that makes me stop and stare, then burst out laughing. That surely is the case this time. Imagine having that old box camera ready to shoot just as the action takes place. I’d say that photographer should have been given an award of some kind.

    Yes that is my mother, Alice Gellenthien, helping a lady mount a horse. The lady (I don’t know who she is) was probably short, possibly “portly” as my mother would say, and was probably visiting from a far away place, such as Chicago.

  • LCC’s Ridgeway named scholar

    Submitted to the Optic

    Rachel Ridgeway, a student at Luna Community College, has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

  • Local connection - Several area students awarded prestigious LANL scholarships

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eight San Miguel County students have won scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund. The fund awarded $411,500 to 73 students in Northern New Mexico to realize their dreams of attending college.

    Winning $10,000 awards:

  • In Brief - Education - May 3, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • Computer glitches derail school tests

    By Tom Coyne and Tom LoBianco
    The Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS — School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and even determine teachers’ pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators’ computer systems.
    Thousands of students in Indiana, Oklahoma and Minnesota have been kicked offline while taking tests in recent weeks, postponing the testing schools planned for months and raising concerns about whether the glitches will affect scores.

  • Montaño signs with Highlands

    With all the events she’s been competing in — and excelling in — over the last several years, Robertson’s Kristen Montaño has given her supporters plenty to watch during track and field meets.

    Look for her to continue doing so next year — as a member of the New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field program.