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Today's News

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Nov. 2, 2012

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    3 p.m. — District Cross Country meet, Pojoaque
    Saturday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Pecos,  Pecos, junior varsity and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Community Health Services Board meeting, administration building
    Friday
    5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Presenting of the Colors Ceremony (Flag Dedication), Mora Valley Community Health Services

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

  • Palabras Pintorescas - It’s November; where did summer go?

    Here it is, one of the first days of November, and I’m wondering where summer went. I note one last brilliant gold aspen tree has held on to its leaves as I write this, an aspen that is high up in the mountain, protected by the strong winds that claimed its neighboring trees. Our scientists say all of our aspens are directly related to one root. The show they produced this year was spectacular here. Their genes must be strong!

  • Helping Out - Students help build hogan

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A group of New Mexico Highlands university students spent their midterm break in Fort Defiance, Ariz., working alongside Navajo Nation members to help cut and haul wood to build a  hogan.

    The students, most of them international students, are members of the university’s LIFT Club, an inclusive interfaith group that includes Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims, among others. Carol Litherland is the faculty adviser.

  • In Brief - Education - Nov. 2, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Alabama leader to leave job
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  — The president of the University of Alabama said Wednesday he was quitting after less than two months in office because of his wife’s health.
    A statement released by the university quoted Guy Bailey as saying he made the decision to step down after “much discussion” with wife Jan Tillery-Bailey, but it didn’t disclose what sort of health issues she may be experiencing.

  • Promotion offers chance to win $1,000

    Once again, Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance is sponsoring the Cross the Bridge shopping promotion beginning Nov. 1 and running through Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to join in the effort to promote local shopping and to encourage a shift in shopping habits toward locally owned businesses.

  • Attorneys honored for providing free legal services to needy

    Several attorneys were honored at a luncheon last Friday for their work in providing free legal services to needy people in their community.

    Recognized at the event were David Silva, Suzanne Gaulin, Danelle Smith, Robert Sanchez, Craig Fretwell, Oneida L’Esperance, Wilma Brown, Martin Lopez, Art Bustos, Nick Leger, Judith Kilpatrick and Anna Aragon.

    New Mexico Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maes thanked local attorneys for their pro bono service in the 4th Judicial District, which covers San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

  • East making progress on audits

    Two-and-a-half years ago, as the Las Vegas City Schools District was grappling with scandal over the sexual relationship between former Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana and a student, the district was also dealing with cash management issues.

    During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010, the district didn’t have enough cash in its general fund to cover program overages. As a result, it ended up borrowing nearly $1.7 million from its Bond Building Fund to cover the shortfall.  

  • Vegan treats - Celebrity chef pushes healthy eating

    The smell of sautéed bell peppers, onions and garlic filled the air for a special cooking event on Monday evening.

    Celebrity chef Mark Anthony created a special vegan dinner for roughly 100. The event was held at Luna Community College.

    The menu included Southwest vegan cutlets, textured vegetable protein tacos, chile, watermelon and all the fixings.

    “It is very good and I’m going to try to make it at home,” said Dorothy Gonzales of Sapello.

  • Voters to decide two judge races

    Among the races voters in the Nov. 6 general election will decide are one for state Supreme Court justice and another for a Court of Appeals judge.

    The Supreme Court race pits Republican Paul Kennedy against Democrat Barbara Vigil. The Appeals Court race pits Republican J. Miles Hanisee against Democrat M. Monica Zamora.

    Kennedy and Hanisee are running as incumbents, having been selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill vacancies in the two courts.

  • MEChA hosting leadership event

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University MEChA is hosting the Difference: I AM Leadership Conference for college and high school students Friday and Saturday at Highlands.

    MEChA is a student organization at Highlands and stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán. This is the first time the annual I AM Leadership Conference has been offered at Highlands.