Today's News

  • Dear Teacher - Aug. 14

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I want to start applying to colleges. Is it possible to get applications to most colleges now? — Eager to Start

  • Textbook purchases in question

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments over the state’s practice of buying textbooks for private and religious schools, which critics said has robbed public schools of nearly $2 million a year.

    Those who sued the state Public Education Department and its Cabinet secretary, Hanna Skandera, argued Wednesday that the use of public funds to buy textbooks for private schools violates the state constitution, reported The Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 14, 2015

    • Mora/San Miguel County Fair events for Friday, Aug. 14 include a lamb show followed by goats, steers, and breeding stock at 8:30 a.m.; indoor exhibit hall open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Southwest Diary Milking Demonstration at 10 a.m.; Horse Show at 2 p.m.; Watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. and branding iron social at 7 p.m. All events take place at the county fairgrounds located off Hot Springs Boulevard heading toward Montezuma. Free and open to the public.


  • Noticias- August 14, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.

  • Cleveland Roller Mill focus of this month’s talk

    Submitted to the Optic

    For nearly 100 years the economy of the Mora Valley thrived on farming and milling as the primary source of grain and flour for much of the Western United States.

    The Cleveland Roller Mill, constructed near the turn of the century would become one of the largest and most successful mills built during this period, and would continue to operate until its closing in 1940. Today, the three story adobe flour mill operates as a museum dedicated to the rich past of farming and milling on which this place once thrived.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Aug. 14, 2015

    3 to 6 p.m. —  Mora Valley Farmers Market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Southwest Capital Bank in Mora. For more information about the market, call Betsy at 505-220-1845.

    4:30 p.m. —  Benefit dance for the Cleveland Roller Mill, starts with a potluck at 4:30 p.m. followed by music by Mark Eaglehart and Friends and the Rifters. Tickets are $20 per person at the door or in advance. For more information, call 575-387-2645.


  • Palabras Pintorescas: ‘Caming’ and ‘wenting’ cause of great ruckus

    Books have a way of showing up here when I least expect them, and my friends know I like to read and I also like to paint word pictures as well. A recent addition to my reading list is “Welcome to Querecho Flats” by Curt Brummett. What a fun book this is! Brummett is a humorous writer with a gift for painting word pictures, and this book has numerous short stories about his home and where he lives.

  • Appel, Grizzlies silence Topes

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fresno Grizzlies (68-48) right-handed pitching prospect Mark Appel shut down the Albuquerque Isotopes (51-66) for the second time this season Wednesday night at Isotopes Park as the Grizzlies cruised to an 8-2 victory.

    In two outings against the Isotopes on the year, Appel has thrown 15.0 innings with two runs allowed, seven hits, two walks and 18 strikeouts.

  • City leagues: Toxic, Hackers hoist trophies

    It was a highly Toxic summer in the Meadow City.

    The Toxic women’s softball team concluded a nearly flawless regular season by beating up closest rival I’d Hit That 23-13 for the Las Vegas city league championship on Aug. 6.

    Toxic had lost only once this summer — a 14-13 nailbiter to Budlight on July 23. But the team coasted to a 3-0 mark in the postseason tourney, clobbering Pitches Be Crazy 20-3, then winning twice over I’d Hit That, 17-7 and 23-13.

  • Silver medal: Three Vatos give aid to Barbarians

    Three members of the Vatos rugby squad helped a Denver club make a deep run in the USA Rugby National Sevens Championship tournament earlier this month in Des Moines, Iowa.

    The Denver Barbarians achieved the silver medal out of 16 regional qualifiers in the national club tournament, which was streamed live over the Internet. A side from Seattle emerged victorious against the Denver team.

    They got an assist from Ke’Von Williams, Celester Asegua and Jeremy Misailegalu, all players for the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos outfit.