Today's News

  • 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.

  • New coach building with frosh

    “We want our players to win on the field, we want our players to win in the classroom, and we want our players to win in the community.”

    It’s first-year New Mexico Highlands University head football coach Jeff Mills’ mantra as he tackles what figures to be a challenging construction project starting with camp this spring.

  • District races shaping up

    Several Robertson softball players shared top billing for their team’s emphatic 20-7 rout at district foe Taos on Tuesday evening.

    Pitcher Samantha Pino limited Taos to three hits.

    She had plenty of run support from the Lady Cardinal offense. Ashlea Lujan smashed two home runs to finish 4 for 4 at the plate. Kendra Duran pushed her season home run total to 10 with two long bombs in going 3 for 4. And Alicia Jaramillo also was 3 of 4 in what has been a fine senior campaign.