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Today's News

  • Cubs vs. Red Sox
  • Driver returns to Joplin

    By Chris Jenkins
    AP Sports Writer

    NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray returned to his boyhood home — or at least to the spot where it used to stand. Like much of tornado-ravaged Joplin, it didn’t look anything like the place where he grew up.

    McMurray visited the devastated southwest Missouri town June 2, hoping to lift the spirits of residents trying to put their lives back together and raise awareness of ongoing needs in the area.

  • Lakers welcome new coach, era

    By Beth Harris
    AP Sports Writer

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif.  — Phil Jackson is retired, the triangle offense is out, and Mike Brown is in. And the Los Angeles Lakers are still Kobe Bryant’s team.

    Brown made it clear May 31 during his introduction as Jackson’s successor that Bryant’s role won’t change under his regime. He said his first meeting with the superstar who owns five NBA championships “went very well.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 10, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League will hold its annual board meeting with elections for leaders at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the NMHU Student Center Senate Chambers.
     

  • Feasting at the Farmer’s Market

    For the Optic

    Two young boys pressed through the sleepy crowds of the Tri-County Farmer’s Market early one Saturday morning.

    They each carried a handmade loaf of whole grain bread, one long and braided, the other round, earthy, dotted with black and green olives.

    A young baker handed his olive loaf to a woman wearing faded overalls in exchange for a bag of freshly picked salad greens. The woman held the bread to her nose, inhaling its rich, warm aroma through the thin plastic wrap.

  • Dr. Mario Leyba is another Mora native

    Surgeon Mario Leyba is another Mora native who has done great things with his life.

    Mora can be proud of yet another young man who grew up in the Mora Valley, went to school here and recently served as the commencement speaker at his alma mater.

    Leyba was the oldest of three children. He has a brother and a sister who both work at the Las Vegas Behavioral Health Institute.

    Leyba gets his versatility from his mother, Bernice Leyba.

    “She taught me everything I know,” he says.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - June 10, 2011

    Community Calendar

    Saturday
    10 a.m. — Stock Holders meeting, Mora School Administration Building
     

    Sunday
    2:30 p m — VFW Auxiliary meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p m — VFW meeting, VFW Hall
     

    Monday
    9 a m — Summer breakfast and lunch for children begins, Mora School Cafeteria
     

  • Mora Youth Hunter Education Club competes

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Youth Hunter Education Club competed in the New Mexico championship last weekend.  

    Eight events were contested, marksmanship competition in small-bore, archery, shot gun and muzzleloader, and responsibility competitions in orienteering with map and compass, wildlife identification, safety trail and a written exam on game laws and related information.  

    Even with the exam finished Friday evening, it took from 7 a.m. until nearly 6 p.m. Saturday to complete the courses.  

  • BREAKING: McNellis-Martinez announces principals

    Las Vegas City School interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez announced the selection of principals for the 2011-2012 school year.

    The selected principals are:

    Darlene Ulibarri: Administrator at Robertson High School

    Mike Yara: Assistant Administrator at Robertson High School

    Martina Tapia: Administrator at Memorial Middle School