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Today's News

  • LCC tops SkillsUSA

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College students Crystal Rae Martinez and Earl Varela brought home gold medals from the state SkillsUSA competition held in Albuquerque last month.

    Martinez, a senior cosmetology student from Las Vegas, wowed the judges depicting the cast of the heavy rock group KISS on the nails of her model Victoria Perea. Martinez competed in nail care.

  • West student third in contest

    Submitted to the Optic

    Three New Mexico high school students will go to college with a little extra money in their pockets and some legal writing experience for their resumes as winners in the James T. Sperling High School Essay Contest, offered by the State Bar of New Mexico and sponsored by the Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris and Sisk law firm since 1997.

    This year’s topic was Symbolism and Freedom of Religion, which asked students to address personal freedoms in the school environment. A record 224 entries were received.

  • HU prof’s sculpture at festival

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University fine arts professor David Lobdell’s fire sculpture was featured on April 30 at the Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    The Beltane Fire Society established its modern Beltane Fire Festival in 1988. The society selected Lobdell’s fire sculpture proposal for inclusion in the festival that attracts 12,000 people each year.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora County has annual clean-up

    Last Friday’s windstorm left lots of trash for the annual clean-up crew. Making the Mora Chamber of Commerce annual Clean-up Day a great success.

    People stopped at the parking lot to pick up bags and safety vests. The volunteers then picked up trash and cleaned the main highway right-of- way and some side roads.

    Those who could not work on Saturday planned to pick up trash on Sunday but could not do so because of the snowstorm that passed through town.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - May 6, 2011

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    9 a.m. - State Track and Field meet, Albuquerque

    Saturday
    State Track and Field meet continues, Albuquerque

    Sunday
    Happy Mothers’ Day

    Tuesday

    10 a.m. - Mora County Commission meeting, Mora School Board Room                        

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The book that brought life to memories

    I am lucky! I have friends in many places who consistently keep me informed about going’s on in the big world out there.        

    Many of us are avid readers and we share and promote any good read we encounter. A recent call from a friend down our road told me to hurry down to our favorite bookstore, Tome on the Range, and pick up a copy of “Appetite for America” by Stephen Fried.

  • 4 East finalists left jobs early

    Four of the five finalists for the Las Vegas City Schools superintendent post were shown the door by their previous employers before their contracts expired, and at least three of them continued to receive their superintendent salaries even though they were no longer carrying out their job responsibilities, the Optic has learned.

    Finalists Marc Space, Eric Martinez, Sheri Williams and Paul Gregory Rockhold were each stripped of their responsibilities as superintendents at the schools they previously led.

  • ‘Justice has been done’

    By Adam Goldman
    and Chris Brummitt
    The Associated Press

    Americans awoke on Monday to a world without Osama bin Laden, and many felt jubilation, a surge of patriotism and a sense that their prayers had been answered and that the U.S. had finally avenged the nearly 3,000 people killed that bright September day nearly a decade ago.

    “Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said late Sunday from the White House in an announcement that seemed sure to lift his own political standing.

  • Coop: Too late to add voting site

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s District 4 election slated for May 10 will move forward as planned with only one voting site because it’s too late to provide proper notice of changes, the coop’s governing board decided Monday.

    “A decision was made to move forward with the Tecolote election,” coop General Manager Abran Romero said.

  • Local group starts Gallinas project

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several residents from the Gallinas, Tecolote and Sapello valleys have formed the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to address watershed health in the Las Vegas area and surrounding communities.

    “Our water comes from the mountains,” said Alliance director Lea Knutson. ”If we want to make sure we have good water, we need to take care of the mountains and streams.”