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Today's News

  • Local districts set to crunch PARCC stats

    Standardized testing scores show students across New Mexico scored higher in language and math over previous years, according to results released by the Public Education Department on Thursday.

    Statewide results from the test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, show 31 percent of students scored proficient in language and 22 percent scored proficient in math. These are the biggest percentage gains in the four years the PARCC exams have been administered.

  • Fun in the shade

    Dozens of children showed up for a July 11 event at Carnegie Park.

    The event involved presentations and activities, such as face painting.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Saturday, July 21
    Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia? Do you know someone who is impacted by dementia? Come learn about the disease, caregiving strategies and free resources available at a community information session. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s classroom A/B.  Call 1-800-272-3900 or 505-424-1710 for information.

    Monday-Friday, July 23-27

  • Cowboy art exhibition in Ray Drew Gallery

    New Mexico Highlands Universitypresents a National Day of the Cowboy Art Exhibition in the university’s Ray Drew Gallery, which began on July 8 and ends Aug. 22.

    The exhibit features New Mexico artists who have lived the cowboy way. The artists reception will be Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the gallery, in Donnelly Library at 802 National Ave.

  • Highlights of recent higher-ed honors and degrees

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here are some of the college honors recently sent to the Optic:

    Analisa Chavez, a Mora High School student and native of the Buena Vista area, made the Dean’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma State University for spring 2018 with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.
    Joseph Fine of Las Vegas graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in history in May from Bryant University. He was one of 788 spring graduates from the school, located in Smithfield, R.I.

  • Perfect attendance

    Deaven Baca recently received a bicycle as a reward for perfect attendance throughout his fourth-grade year  at Rio Gallinas Charter School.

    Experts cite attendance as an important component of learning, especially in math and reading.

  • Summer heat sneaks up on you in the mountains

    Suddenly, it is summer. And suddenly it is hot. Yes, it is so hot, even here in our mountains, that our creeks have now dried up. Our mountain meadows are brown.

  • No cause to celebrate

    We could almost hear bands playing as we saw the front page of a recent New Mexico newspaper. On Page A1 was a photo of a parent hoisting his over-joyed toddler who was released from one of the cages reserved for offspring of people trying to make it into  U.S. borders.

    It wasn’t exactly an occasion for endless cheers. Let’s not forget that the many children kept in cages were likely to have been traumatized by being forcibly separated from their parents.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

  • La Plaza Seniors embrace new role as 'Team New Mexico'

    It’s tough enough to win one state championship and advance to regionals one time.

    La Plaza Seniors softball manager Andrew Lucero and four of his players have reached that milestone twice now.

    Lucero was the skipper of La Plaza’s Juniors squad in 2015, when that team captured the state title and went on — as Team New Mexico — to the Southwest regional bracket. That group made a solid run before succumbing to eventual champ West Texas.