Today's News

  • Valley students of the month
  • Dear Teacher - May 15

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

     Question: Our 2-year-old daughter leaves the neighborhood children her age in the dust. She is so much more advanced intellectually. Not only is her vocabulary far more sophisticated, she can do simple addition problems without any difficulty. What should we look for in a preschool for our child? — Very Advanced

  • Landowners workshop set

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, the Prizlaff Ranch will host a workshop for private landowners. There will be federal, state, and non-governmental agencies attending the workshop to provide information on conservation easements tax incentives, riparian land management, restoration projects, private landowner’s rights, sustainable thinning of trees and many more conservation programs.

  • Shakespeare-based concert at HU Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents a Brush Up Your Shakespeare concert Sunday with professional musicians singing musical compositions based upon the Elizabethan playwright and poet’s work.

    The concert is at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

    The concert features Christina Martos, soprano vocalist, Carlos Archuleta, baritone vocalist, and Debra Ayers, pianist.  

  • Que Pasa - May 15, 2015

    • A city wide clean-up will take place on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. Volunteers are asked to show up at 9 a.m. both days at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

    • The Tri-County Farmers Market is opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the 6th and University parking lot next to Semilla Natural Foods. There will also be an afternoon market on Wednesday, May 20 at Mallette’s Feed and Supply. For more information, call 426-1468.

  • Noticias - May 15, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Dia de cultura
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 15, 2015


    TBA— Celebration of Learning awards ceremony at Mora Elementary
    TBA— Mora High School senior banquet

    3:30 p.m. — Mora school board meeting, board room
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League, Yankees vs. Rockies, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Dodgers, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League T-Ball, Angels vs. Rockies, Field 1, and Giants vs. Padres, Field 2


  • Palabras Pintorescas: ‘Flower Children’ became educated, responsible

    My aged copy of the Chicago Daily News, dated Aug. 18, 1970, had a headline story about the many hippie communes that had sprung up in Northern New Mexico. Last week’s column quoted from this story, and I think yet another column should be written about our own experiences with these foreigners, mostly young adults, who came from a city environment and who thought they could just live off the land in this rugged part of New Mexico.

    The commune that took over the meadow at the high end of Morphy Canyon was right across from our north line fence.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 15, 2015

    Congratulations to Las Vegas resident Carroll L. Riley, an archeologist who received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony last week. Riley is considered a pioneer in his field. The 92-year-old is credited with establishing the contact between the Southwest and Mesoamerica. The award was bestowed by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.