Today's News

  • Upcoming bowl games

    Friday, Dec. 26
    Heart of Dallas Bowl
    Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Quick Lane Bowl
    At Detroit
    Rutgers (7-5) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl
    UCF (9-3) vs. N.C. State (7-5), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

    Saturday, Dec. 27
    Military Bowl
    At Annapolis, Md.
    Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Sun Bowl
    At El Paso, Texas
    Duke (9-3) vs. Arizona State (9-3), 12 p.m. (CBS)

  • HU’s Carney invited to NFLPA bowl

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that punter Patrick Carney of New Mexico Highlands has committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

    Patrick Carney earned four All-America nods for his senior campaign: Daktronics First-Team All-American, USA College Football First-Team All-America, All-America by Beyond Sports Network and Academic All-America by Capital One Academic All-America as selected by CoSIDA. The Chico, Calif., native is majoring in business administration and maintains a 3.75 grade point average.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 26, 2014

    • Stu Clark Tournament (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas boys), 1 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (B,C) at Española tournament, TBA, Española
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Mora, Pecos boys at Tri-Cities Tournament, 2 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Robertson at Silver City tournament, TBA, Silver City


  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 26, 2014


    TBA —  Mora High School Rangers basketball at Tri-City Tournament, varsity, away, Santa Rosa

    TBA —  Mora High School Rangers basketball at Tri-City Tournament, varsity, away, Santa Rosa

    Deadline to withdraw of candidacy and deadline for declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for school board, county courthouse

    TBA —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball at NRG Tournament, varsity, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Another find of treasured memories

    You guessed it . . . I can hear my kids say, “Oh, no, Mom has found yet another old picture.” Yes, kids you are right, and I can weave a whole story around and about this picture.

  • Lovato gets 1 year in jail

    The Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges stemming from a  2013 alcohol related crash that left two young girls dead and several others injured will spend one year locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Celebrating Hanukkah
  • Montaño is new city police chief

    Heeding the recommendation of a vocal group of police officers and representatives of two city unions, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz formally appointed Commander Juan Montaño to the chief’s position at a special Council meeting on Monday.

    City Councilors voted unanimously to confirm the appointment and to approve the one-year, $67,687 contract for Montaño, who will take over for outgoing Chief Christian Montaño. The two are not related.

  • Decades of yuletide decorations

    Alvin and Charlene Jiron are in full Christmas spirit. Their South Pacific home, nestled within large trees, is fully decorated from wall to wall ­— a family tradition for three decades. Roughly 30 fully decorated Christmas trees, nutcrackers of all sizes, Santa figurines of various actions, and the smell of the holidays lingering in the air are what one sees when exploring the Jiron home.

  • Gov selects two as regents for HU

    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday nominated Las Vegas native LouElla Marr-Montoya to the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents.

    Also nominated for the Highlands board was Sandra Turner of Clovis, who is also an alumna of the university.