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Today's News

  • Optic Editorial:Relief work can be done here, too

    There are plenty of charitable causes in the 505 and 575 area codes.

    If there are resources available to send people and/or supplies to the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief, there are dollars and man hours and cans of beans to donate to Las Vegas — or at least within New Mexico.

  • Come celebrate the Gallinas River next weekend

    We’re having a party on Saturday, Sept. 30! Recently, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was awarded $315,000 from the River Stewardship Program at the NM Environment Department to restore healthy conditions to the Gallinas River between Bridge St. and Prince St.

    This $315,000 development is something to celebrate!

    Later in this article, you can learn details about this exciting project, but now let’s get a taste of what to expect when you meander down to the south side of Bridge Street along the Riverwalk between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Maneuvering into and out of storms

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    We are always in one of three spots in our lives: moving into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or moving out of a storm.

    Bottom line, storms happen to each one of us. They come with living life.

    Accept this fact. Some storms are bigger than others. The storms we encounter may arise from our immediate family such as our relationship with our spouse or children. They may arise from our extended family such as our parents, grandparents, or in-laws.

  • All rise —or not — for the United States of Football

    By Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s School of Journalism.

    Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning its 21st consecutive game.

    Shh. I just typed that in a whisper.

  • Letters to the editor, Sept. 24, 2017

    Accidental success

    I need to say something about Brock Long, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Donald Trump, who has been deliberately appointing cabinet secretaries and top officials who are grossly unqualified for their positions and/or philosophically opposed to the missions of the departments over which they hold sway, accidentally appointed someone extremely qualified and dedicated to his mission.

  • Students of the Month: West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School

    Here are the August 2017 students of the month from West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School: kindergartner Rebeka Baza, first-grader Justin Sandoval, seventh-grader Bowen Hebel, second-grader Luvena Padilla, fourth-grader Angel Gutierre, third-grader Xavier Linker, fifth-grader Vespera Benavidez, sixth-grader Faith Lyon, seventh-graders Serenity Racicot and Alyssa Lucero and eighth-graders Mailynn Griego and Isis Lucero.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Outdoor northern N.M. weddings special

    I have been a guest at many weddings during my long time living here in Mora County. Our beautiful Catholic churches become a gentle, yet spiritual gathering place for such a very special event.

    The stained glass windows in many of them make a visit very special in many ways. I was invited to yet another very special wedding recently and this time the church, the site of this wedding was in a mountain meadow.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

    9.24.2017 SUNDAY

    Noon: Fourth Annual “A Salute To The Troops” concert and dance will be held at Plaza Park starting at 12 noon. This is an all ages show featuring bands such as Darren Cordova y Calor, Gonzalo and Cuarenta y Cinco. Free Admission. Call 505-718-1028 for information.

    Upcoming, Ongoing

    Sept. 28

  • Highlands opens new Indigenous Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    A new program at New Mexico Highlands will use a community-based approach to help Native American students complete their college degrees.

    The Community Center for Indigeneity officially opened its doors Aug. 17 in Highlands’ Melody Residence Hall and will host presentations and workshops to help students adapt to college life.

  • EDC's new program trains people to work from home

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you are self-motivated and are looking for an opportunity to work from home or in a collaborative environment where you are an independent worker, EDC’s SoloWork project may be the answer for you.