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Today's Features

  • On Saturday, a large group of Mora County citizens gathered at the Mora School Board Room to hold their first strategic planning session with professional facilitators guiding the work.
    Over the last few decades Mora County has been in the process of planning for the future of the county.

    The Mora Comprehensive Land Use Plan  developed in the early ‘90s is the result of many Mora citizens and officials creating a complete overview of the future needs of the county.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Saturday
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Mora Summerfest, VFW Hall,  arts and crafts games, carnival and more. Sponsored by Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce and VFW-Proceeds go to Mora Valley Theater
    Tuesday
    6 p.m. — Tee-ball, Angels vs. Pirates, Little League Field, Holman
    6 p.m. — Cardinals vs. A’s, Little League Field #1, Dodgers vs. Rockies, Field #2, Holman
    Thursday
    6 p.m. — Tee-ball, Pirates vs. A’s, Little League Field, Holman

  • Smoke from the Tres Lagunas fire billows up in huge clouds as I write this. Yes, it is a long way across the mountain from the Pecos Canyon to Rociada, but fire knows no limits when such high winds blow night and day.

  • FRIDAY VIERNES
    • Ride to Pride’s Raising of the flag for Flag Day, 11 a.m. on Friday, June 14 at 47 Alameda Road. There will be refreshments, and it is open to the public. The Ride to Pride’s veteran program flag designed by Dereck Martinez of Rociada will raise along with the U.S. and New Mexico flag. Zoe Martinez, a fifth-grade student from Señora Valencia’s class at Don Cecilio Elementary took second in the flag design contest.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • UPCOMING & ONGOING
    • Mora Summerfest, 1 to 3 p.m. bingo, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. chile cook-off, 8 p.m. to midnight dance featuring “Nueva Vida,” Saturday, June 15 at the Mora VFW. Proceeds go to “Bring Back the Memories” of Mora Valley Theatre. For more information, call 575-387-2247 or 426-5150.

  • SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • Xplosion Softball Travel team bingo fundraiser, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 at VFW, 148 Mills Ave. There is a $300 jackpot and $5 per ticket. For tickets, call Kathy Duran at 505-617-0759.
    • Grand opening celebration of the Tri-County Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 8 on the market located at the corner of Sixth and University. There will be food sampling, information booths, music, kids activities and farm products.  

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • David, Julian and Joey Martinez of Sheridan lost their home and all of their belongings recently to a structure fire. A donation account has been opened at the State Employees Credit Union for the family. They are also accepting donations of clothing and household items. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information or to drop off donations, contact Jesus at 505-920-8659

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ­— First of Mora County Strategic Planning Sessions, Mora High School Library and Lecture Hall
    Sunday
    2 p.m. — VFW Ladies Auxiliary Meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. — VFW Regular Meeting, VFW Hall
    Tuesday
    6 p.m. — Tee-ball, Pirates vs. A’s, Little League Field, Holman
    6 p.m. — A’s vs. Dodgers, Little League Field #1, Rockies vs. Cardinals Field # 2, Holman
    Thursday

  • Simon R. Fresquez, of the United States Navy CMI/EXW/SW has been awarded the Marvin G. Shields Award for the calendar year 2012.

    This award is presented to recognize the one Sea- bee that has made extraordinary contributions to the naval construction force and has upheld the highest traditions and legacy of U.S. Navy Seabees over the course of the past year.   

  • Memorial Day is always memorable for me, here in our big mountains. Friends, neighbors, actually … and I try to “tour the ranch” as such on our ATVs. Tinta Negra, my old dog decided she would guard this house this time. She’s 12 now and thinks it is best to hold down the back step.

    We start off by going past our ranch cemetery, and we all silently wish those aren’t with us well. May they rest in peace, and this includes our many dear dogs and cats.