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Today's News

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 28, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Irish stew, stewed tomatoes with green chile, cornbread and margarine, pears, and oatmeal cookie

    TUESDAY
    Chicken salad, creamy coleslaw, glazed carrots, crackers, and cherry cobbler

    WEDNESDAY
    Pork asada, buttered new potatoes, hominy, flour tortilla, and stawberry shortcake

    THURSDAY
    Taco burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, Mexican salad, broccoli and cheese, and strawberries and bananas

  • Indoor river teaching tool for school students

    By Jessie Ponds
    The News & Advance

    LYNCHBURG, Va.  — Grain by grain, sediment began to build up in the reservoir behind the tiny dam, as anticipation built on the faces of the high school students watching.

    Diana Duckworth, a teacher with the Summer Residential Governor’s School Program in Mathematics, Science and Technology had a model river rigged up in her classroom at Lynchburg College. A hose pipe provided the water, which wound up in the sink at the end of its run. Connected metal channels provided a sloping path for the flow.

  • Dear Teacher - Aug. 28, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: My son has been absolutely addicted to Minecraft this summer — playing it for hours at a time. Most of his friends share this addiction. Why is this game so popular? What are the positives and negatives of playing this game? — Gamer’s Parent

    Answer: There is no question that Minecraft is extremely popular with children. It may be because it is an extension of things that children like to do: watch television and play computer games and play with LEGOs.

  • Group stands with breast cancer victims

    Angela Najar’s life changed dramatically when she learned that she had breast cancer during the summer of 2014.

    After her diagnosis, she faced surgery after surgery. But perhaps even more daunting than the operations was the fear of the disease itself.  

    This was not her first go-rounder with breast cancer. She had witnessed her mother battle the disease twice. And while her mother had managed to conquer the cancer, her grandmother wasn’t as lucky. Breast cancer took the life of her grandmother.

  • Many area schools see improvement

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    More New Mexico public schools earned “A’’ or “B’’ grades last school year, but more than a third still received “D’’ or “F’’ grades, according to results released Wednesday by the state Public Education Department.

    In the Las Vegas area, eight schools improved, with Las Vegas City Schools’ Early Childhood Center showing the most improvement. It jumped three letter grades to secure a “B” rating.

  • Interviews for finalists scheduled for Sept. 3

    West Las Vegas students have already returned to the classroom, but the position at the district’s helm has yet to be filled permanently.

    The school board is, however, inching closer to hiring a new superintendent.

    During a meeting on Wednesday evening, the board scheduled interviews for the finalists for Sept. 3 and reached unanimous agreement on 12 questions that will be asked of each of the applicants.

  • State confronts budget shortfalls amid oil bust

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    RED RIVER — The full extent of New Mexico’s budget crisis came into sharp focus Wednesday as state economists described an 8 percent plunge in revenues during the fiscal year that ended in June and warned state lawmakers of a looming budget deficit during the current year.

  • Video leads to officer’s arrest

    The Associated Press

    GRANTS — Authorities say a 33-year-old police sergeant has been arrested after he unwittingly recorded himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend.

    State police say Grants Police Department Sgt. Roshern McKinney was arrested Wednesday following an investigation requested by the Grants department in July after it discovered the video recording.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 26, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 17 and Aug. 22:
    Gabriel Chavez, 23, hold for court, District Court
    Styles Gold, age unavailable, hold for court, District Court
    Melvin Pacheco, 49, driving on a suspended/revoked license, Mora
    Jerry Gonzales, 27, bench warrant: forgery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Phillip Archuleta 12/7/1992 BW: DWI, No seatbelt. SM Mag.

  • Donors got face time with Clinton at State

    By Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.