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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 29, 2014

    It’s an event that members of this community look forward to every year, and this year’s People’s Faire didn’t disappoint. The fair featured a good assortment of vendors, lively music, activities for the kids and just a fun atmosphere for individuals to enjoy themselves as another summer draws to a close. To the organizers and everyone else who played a role in making this year’s People’s Faire a success, we say thank you.


  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 29, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Why the Jesuits left Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    After thriving here for almost 15 years, the Jesuit College closed in 1888, and the Jesuits left Las Vegas and moved to Colorado. It is noteworthy, however, that instruction at the Jesuit College in El Distrito de las Escuelas was offered concurrently in both Spanish and English, making the Las Vegas Jesuits early precursors in establishing a bilingual curriculum.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 29, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, North Carolina, on public comment to proposed rules governing fracking (Aug. 25):
    After four hours of comments from 85 speakers, the crowd of more than 400 in Sanford for Friday’s public hearing on fracking might agree that the topic raises strong emotions on both sides.
    Policy makers could finish these meetings, say they’ve met their legal obligation to listen, then go ahead with the rules already formulated. But that’s hardly in the best interest of the state.

  • Mora County Notebook - Farmers Market also meeting, greeting place

    For the 10th year in a row, the Mora Valley Farmers Market is open for business. Due to the weather, the market had a late start, but it is now expected to remain open through the end of September.

    One will find a huge variety of vegetables, fruits, fresh eggs, local honeys and beeswax, jams and jellies and several baked goods. The market open from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday in the parking lot of the Southwest Capital Bank.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Aug. 29, 2014


    6 p.m. — Bean cleaning party, Wagon Mound Fire House
    7 p.m. — Street dance, Wagon Mound Fire House
    7 a.m. to 9 p.m. - 104th Bean Day Celebration, Wagon Mound
    7 a.m. - Softball tournament, Wagon Mound High School
    9 a.m. - Veterans memorial service, Veterans Memorial Park
    9 a.m. - Car show
    11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Music in the Wagon Mound park
    2 p.m. - Rodeo, rodeo grounds
    9 p.m. - Dance, Wagon Mound School old gymnasium

  • Famed pianist once taught lessons at Gascon ranch

    Long-time residents of this area are often the best weather watchers around. I just learned from a neighbor that we probably  will have a good snow-pack on our mountains this winter, because the now-blooming (in profusion, I might add) sunflowers are very tall this year.

    The sunflower plants along the roads here are taller than I am. We welcome every flake when it comes!

  • Natives start pharmacy program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas natives and cousins, Megan Martinez and Michael Padilla are part of the 69th pharmacy class at the University of New Mexico. They were formally welcomed into the program earlier this month at the 12th Annual White Coat ceremony held at Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus.

    They began their classes recently and are part of the 81 students selected for the program from more than 300 applicants.

  • $1.2M grant to boost math, science

    The Associated Press

    LAFAYETTE, La. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to recruit and develop math and science majors into highly-qualified middle and high school teachers.

  • HU’s Garza studies volcano in France

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University graduate student Daniel Garza is the first researcher to produce a detailed geologic map of the Puy de Dome in central France, discovering that the iconic volcanic landmark likely developed in two phases rather than one, as scientists thought.

    At a height of 1,465 meters, Puy de Dome is the largest of 80 extinct volcanoes in the Chaine de Puys mountains range. Previous geologic research of the dome was limited to aerial surveys.