Today's News

  • Research day
  • Keyboarding returns to curriculum

    By Lisa Leff
    The Associated Press

    SAN PABLO, Calif. — Seven-year-old Ja’Niyah Smith’s first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and as they do every week practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog’s tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

    The students, their legs dangling off their chairs, fell quiet, the silence broken by an occasional “I did it!”

  • Dear Teacher - April 17

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: As a mother of a 16-year-old, 10-year-old and a 5-year-old kindergartner, I have seen the changes that have occurred in education in the past 10 years. Children now are to know how to read, write, add and subtract in kindergarten ­— all halfway through kindergarten. This makes me crazy. I have no patience to try to teach these things. Yet I have to help the kindergartner.

  • In Brief - Mora - April 17, 2015

    Las Vegas Optic
    Archery winners announced
    On Saturday, the Mora Youth Hunter Education Club hosted a youth archery tourney at the baseball field at Mora High School. Despite the low turnout at the event, organizer Jack Rains said attendees had a great time learning the art and skills of archery.
    Participants were divided by age group and gender into compound bow or traditional bow competitions.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 17, 2015


    4 p.m. — Mora High School baseball vs. Cimarron, away
    3 p.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Tucumcari, double header, home
    3:30 p.m. — Mora School Board meeting

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Community-wide clean-up, meet at Southwest Capital Bank or area fire departments. For more information, call Duane at 575-387-2800.

    4 p.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Jemez, away


  • Palabras Pintorescas: Doc: ‘I’ve been dying since 1924’

    The three-part series on the history of cancer caught my eye and I watched the whole six hours of the program with interest, to say the least. I remember my doctor father talking about the early days of his long medical profession, so I dug up an article written about him in 1985. His story almost parallels the story, the devastation of cancer a century ago.

  • McCaffrey photography exhibit reception Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents an exhibit, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! — Photographs by Joe and Martha McCaffrey, with an artists’ reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Kennedy Hall Gallery.

  • Que Pasa - April 17, 2015

    • NMHU’s Jazz Ensemble in concert starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at Student Union Center Theater. $5 and students free with ID.

  • Noticias - April 17, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are at 6 p.m. every third Thursday in Faith Hall.

  • Judo taking hold in Vegas

    Taking up any type of martial arts may be intimidating for a lot of people.

    Whether it’s the physical exertion and mental discipline required or the prospect of engaging in hand-to-hand combat that spooks some folks, it would seem not to be an activity for everyone.

    Or is it?

    Bob Bell, a sensei who oversees local judo classes with the help of instructor Christian Montaño, contends that judo is something many people — of varying ages, backgrounds and existing physical activity levels — can learn and enjoy.