Today's News

  • HU students receive scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Five New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.

    Ryan Romero – An international business junior from Mora, won the $600 gold scholarship.

    Duong Nguyen – A finance sophomore from Hanoi, Vietnam won the $400 silver scholarship.

    Daniel Hern – An accounting junior from Dilia, won the $200 bronze scholarship.

  • Students of the Month - June 1, 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

    Cassandra Miller, of West Las Vegas High School, was selected Elks Student of the month. Miller is the daughter of Dr. Franklin and Catherine Miller.

    At West, she participates in National  Honor Society, is yearbook editor, class president, cross country, and track. Some of her awards include being in the top five percent of the class and principal’s distinction. She holds a 3.97 GPA and recently graduated from the high school.

  • ACLU suit targets English learning

    By Christina Hoag and Gosia Wazniacka
    The Associated Press

    DINUBA, Calif. — A group of teachers, parents and students sued a small Central Valley school district Wednesday, alleging its program to teach English to young elementary school children is ineffective and violates the students’ constitutional rights.

    Three chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union in California and other civil rights organizations filed the lawsuit against Dinuba Unified School District in Sacramento County Superior Court.

  • Mora County Notebook - Farewell to the 2012 graduates

    Thirty-eight Mora High students graduated on Friday and are ready to take on the world. It was beautiful evening for the great occasion as parent grandparents and the community gathered to honor their graduates.

    The Mora High School band played the processional as the students marched in. The boys had the traditional school colors of green while the girls wore the white gowns.

  • Mora Community Calendar - June 1, 2012

    Community Calendar
    7 p.m. — Lecture by Thomas Linzeym writer Las Vegas Community Rights Ordinance, Luna Community College’s Allied Health Lecture Hall
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board, Administration Building
    6 p.m. — Little League Baseball, Little League Field in Holman
    6 p.m. — Angels vs. Dodgers
    6:45 p.m. — Rangers vs. Pirates

  • Palabras Pintorescas - What was said in those graduation speeches?

    Unless one lives up on Hermit’s Peak as the hermit did so long ago, one can’t help but be aware that graduation time is here.

    Yes, I can say I have been there and done that a couple of times.

  • In Brief - News - June 1, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Insurance rate hike approved
    SANTA FE — A proposed raise to monthly premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders in New Mexico has become official.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini approved the 6.9 percent increase Tuesday, which will take effect Friday.

    State officials say the change affects more than 30,000 people who are not part of group plans or employer-based programs and have purchased individual health care policies.

  • Gila fire largest in country

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A giant wildfire in the Gila National Forest that is already New Mexico’s largest ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles.

    Fire officials said Thursday that the erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 190,000 acres and is spreading in all directions, as officials in the western U.S. prepare for what will likely be a busy wildfire season.

  • City receives clean audit

    After two years of negative audit opinions, the city of Las Vegas has received a clean audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, and city officials say they are on track to meet the deadline for the 2012 audit.

    The audit, which was conducted by the independent accounting firm of Moss-Adams LLP, became public this month. And while the overall picture it paints of the city’s finances is positive, it does reveal that city gas customers were overcharged, a mistake that the city plans to fix by providing refunds.

  • Honoring the Fallen