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  • Looking ahead - News - April 24, 2015

    Mora Chamber holding fundraiser
    Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Luau from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 25 at the Mora VFW. A dance will follow the dinner with music by “Quemoso.”

  • Weather - April 24, 2015

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 15-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.


  • Correction - April 24

    The Optic erroneously identified Presidential Search Committee Chairman Doyle Daves as the head of the Highlands Foundation. Daves’ term as head of the Highlands Foundation ended in October.

  • In Brief - News - April 24, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Commission closer to decision

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The future of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest rests in the hands of state regulators.

    The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday received a briefing from a hearing examiner on his recommendations regarding a plan by the state’s largest electric provider to replace part of the San Juan Generating Station with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

  • State to spend $2.75B on public ed.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Spending on early childhood programs and public schools in New Mexico will top $2.75 billion in the coming budget year.

    That’s the largest amount in state history. It will include funding to implement several new initiatives by the state Public Education Department.

    The majority of the budget, $2.5 billion, goes to the schools based on a formula that takes into account student body size, school size and special education needs.

    The rest of the budget is allocated for specific initiatives.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 24, 2015
  • Another perspective - Luna continues to enrich lives

    By Abelino Montoya

    I would like to take this opportunity to answer some important questions from constituents from Luna Community College’s District 5 and others, and also present an update on the significant progress of LCC.

  • Just a Thought - Don’t worry unless it happens

    By Rick Kraft

    How much of life do you live being anxious? What is not accomplished today because of worrying about tomorrow? How much is your quality of life lowered because the future is unknown.

    A few weeks ago I attended a leadership training session taught by John Garcia of Albuquerque. Mr. Garcia, a former cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Tourism who specializes in economic/business development, presented the group many leadership tools.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 24, 2015

    Kudos to the state Water Trust Board and the city of Las Vegas for changing the terms of the grant/loan agreements for two past water projects. The Water Trust Board had previously given the city a 60 percent grant/40 percent loan for those two projects. Recently, those terms were changed to make the funding 90 percent grant/10 percent loan. The net result is $562,000  in savings for the city utilities department, which can now be used for other water projects.