Today's Features

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    • 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.

    • A naturalization ceremony will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Fort Union National Monument. The ceremony is open to the public.
    • Unity celebration for the community featuring poetry and music with poetry reading starting 6 p.m. followed by DJ music by “Big Toes” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Buena Vida Physical Therapy and Wellness located at 601 Lincoln Ave.


  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University named natural resources management professor and Mora native Edward Martínez as Professor of the Year for 2014–15.

    8:30 a.m. — Mora Schools’ Dia de la Cultura, Mora Elementary Gym
    TBA— Mora High School at State Track Meet, Albuquerque

    TBA— Mora High School at State Track Meet, Albuquerque

    6 p.m. — Mora Little League, Dodgers vs. Yankees, Field 1, and Cubs vs. Rockies, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League T-Ball, Angels vs. Giants, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Padres, Field 2


  • So there I was, visiting with my Optic compadres, friends when suddenly the whole press and production staff flew out the front door. Someone shouted “There’s a bear in the tree” and there was a bear in a tree, across the tree, in a big fir tree. The game wardens tranquilized him, and turned him loose in distant mountains.

    • The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1063, the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1547 are sponsoring a cemetery clean up of veteran graves starting at 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 6 at San Antonio Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening tools, hat, and gloves.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

    • The Mora/Colfax Head Start, Mora Valley Community Health Services, School Based Health Center and Mora County DWI/Health Council‘s Annual Transition/Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the Joseph Montoya Gym on the campus of Mora Independent Schools.


    3 p.m. — Mora High School baseball vs. Cimarron, double header, home
    4 p.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Raton JV, double header, away

    11 a.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Wakatowa, double header, away
    3 p.m. — Mora Middle School baseball vs. McCurdy, home

    4 p.m. — Mora High School baseball vs. Questa, home
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Annual Transition/Health Fair, Joseph Montoya Gym