Today's News

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - March 2, 2012

    Community Calendar

    6 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball (District Champs) vs. Jemez Spring, first round of state tournament

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Chocolate cravings and diet studies

    The happy days, known as holidays, do have a way of catching up with us. Just one more piece of Mom’s special fudge or that last piece of chocolate pie does have a way of ending up as a pound or two of extra weight we all end up carrying around. The ever-present news media don’t let us forget it, either.

  • Regents fire contractor

    The New Mexico Highlands University Student Center was supposed to have been completed this past December, but nearly three months later the massive glass structure sits unfinished at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street.

    On Monday, the Highlands Board of Regents voted unanimously to immediately terminate the general contractor overseeing the construction and to turn the project over to Franken Construction. President Jim Fries said the university is now hoping that the building can be completed sometime this fall.

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  • Tree work at parks criticized

    An effort to prune and remove trees at several city parks hit a speed bump Monday when a local business owner raised concerns about the project.

    Manuel Martinez, who operates Plaza Burger, says some of the trees being removed are perfectly healthy, and he reached out to the mayor who has granted a temporary reprieve for Plaza Park.

    The tree project is being undertaken through a grant and is being done primarily for safety reasons. Pruning and tree removals are planned at Lincoln, Carnegie, Plaza, Keyes and South Pacific parks.

  • Mora officials pleased with $1.5M

    Mora County officials are still waiting to see whether the $1.5 million approved by lawmakers for the stalled courthouse project is going to survive the governor’s veto pen.

    If it does, County Manager Thomas M. Sanchez said, the county expects it will be able to complete work necessary to move some county offices into the now vacant shell.

  • Redistricting to lump House candidates

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The longest-serving member of the New Mexico House will be paired with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a newly consolidated north-central New Mexico district under a redistricting plan ordered Monday by a state district court.

    The latest map ordered by retired State District Judge James Hall meets a deadline set by the state Supreme Court for revamping a redistricting plan he developed last month but that was overturned by the justices.

  • Ribbon-Cutting
  • In Brief - Local News - Feb. 29, 2012

    Optic and wire reports

    Murder suspect death a suicide

    The Albuquerque man who allegedly gunned down his neighbor and then fled to Mora County where he rammed his vehicle into a parked Mora County sheriff’s unit on Feb. 7 committed suicide, according to state police.

    Wesley Brannon, 44, died of a gunshot wound, though authorities initially weren’t sure if he was killed by police or if he committed suicide.

    “It was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lt. Robert McDonald told the Optic.