Free tickets offered for NMHU Matanza 

New Mexico Highlands University will host a free Matanza at the Cultural and Melody parks on campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

Food will be served at 1.

A limited number of free tickets are available to ensure COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols. Each person can get two tickets. They will be given out on a first-come first-served basis at the Communications Building, Room 111 or Douglas Hall, Room 136.  

Tickets will include eating times to coordinate food service and social distancing.  

Attendees must wear masks. 

A schedule of events can be found at

LCC building to be torn down

The former Child Care Retention & Training building at Luna Community College will be torn down.

A one-time childcare center, the building is vacant and no longer functional, said LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos. Nothing will be built in its place.

In related matters, Luna expects to receive $750,000 in funding for making sidewalks, roads and restrooms compliant with the Americans Disabilities Act. The ADA of 1990 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.

Luna expands search for director

Luna Community College President Dr. Edward Martinez told trustees’ during a recent meeting that search would be widened for a new director of the humanities and business departments.

 “Luna is currently exploring options on broadening our advertising in regards to employment opportunities,” said LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos.

The college advertised the position on its website, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the employment website Indeed, its Facebook page and in The Luna Light, which LCC’s biweekly newsletter. 

The former business and humanities director Dr. Anita Roybal retired on Sept. 30 after 41 years in education. Faculty member Rick Baca is the interim director.

Qualifications include having a master’s in a related field and at least five years of experience, including one year of experience teaching in higher education, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Fishing report

The Pecos River above the town of Pecos was stocked on Oct. 13 with 2,250 rainbow trout, according to New Mexico Game and Fish.

The Pecos ran well this summer thanks to monsoon rains. The stream-flow at Pecos is lower than last week and near normal. The fishing has been fair for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout, according to Game and Fish. 

The Gallinas River near Las Vegas is running a little lower. Some good-sized holdover trout have been caught. The Gallinas River and Gallinas Ice Pond were both stocked on Sept. 8 with 1,000 and 200 rainbow trout, respectively.

Morphy Lake State Park near Mora closes Oct. 31 for the season. The park opened March 1 after being closed for more than a year. It has been heavily stocked since reopening, including on Sept. 20 with 2,720 rainbow trout, Game and Fish reported. There are some cutthroat trout here. Only two cutthroat trout may be kept per-day as part of a five-fish limit.

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