Local News

  • UWC hires new president

    Las Vegas Optic

    The board of trustees of UWC-USA has selected New Mexico native Victoria Mora as the fifth president of UWC-USA.

    She will begin her new job on Aug. 1. Currently the senior vice-president for development and alumni relations at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, Mora earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Yale University in 1992 and returned to New Mexico to join the faculty of St. John’s College. In 2006, Mora assumed the duties of dean of the college before leading the advancement and development teams beginning in 2012.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Rock and glass: Ariz. canyons & Chicago skyscrapers

    After a laughter-filled evening with Cousin John, we departed Taylor, Arizona and continued driving “off the route.”

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — June 5, 2016

    lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Barbecue chicken, creamy coleslaw, green beans, wheat roll with margarine, and chocolate pudding with topping

    Sweet and sour pork, oriental vegetables, carrots, fruit cocktail, peanut butter cookie, and gelatin with topping

    Meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with cheese, dinner roll with margarine, cantaloupe, and yogurt

    Center closed for training

  • Mora native, Roybal-Mack, receives Pettijohn Award

    Mora native Antonia Roybal-Mack is the recipient of the Henrietta Pettijohn Award for her involvement in her community.
    The New Mexico Women’s Bar Association named her to this yearly honor in late April.

    Roybal-Mack was honored by some 250 family and friends. She also was honored by various judges who came to share stories of how Roybal-Mack assisted others by buying clothes for kids who were trapped in a bad living arrangement.

  • Narrow miss for state cop

    Las Vegas Optic

    A state police vehicle burst into flames early Saturday morning after a semi tractor trailer collided with a pickup on Interstate 25 just north of Las Vegas, forcing the truck to slam into the patrol car.

    Patrolman Roslyn Vigil was outside of her vehicle when the crash occurred, and she escaped injury, as did the driver of the semi, 56-year-old Mark Griego of Los Lunas. State police report that the driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries and was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for treatment.

  • Rec center to close for repairs

    The Abelino Montoya Recreation Center will shut down on July 1 so that crews can move forward with extensive repairs to the building’s swimming pool area.

    The recreation center’s pool has been closed since May of 2014 when winds ripped off a portion of the building’s roof.

    ince then, city officials have been trying to figure out how to cover the cost of the work needed at the rec center, which as of last August was estimated at $3.6 million.

  • Exploring the heavens

    Perched atop the Ivan Hilton Science and Technology Building on the Highlands University campus is a telescope that gives visitors to the  observatory the opportunity to explore our solar system.

    Last month, the telescope provided Highlands students and instructors with an amazing view of Mercury passing in front of the sun. It also gives visitors an up-close look of such wonders as Saturn’s rings and craters on the earth’s moon.

    Best of all, the observatory is open to the public for free on Friday evenings, beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Trump U model: Sell hard, demand to see a warrant

    By Jeff Horwitz
    and Michael Biesecker
    The  Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The manual for the staff at Trump University events was precise: The room temperature should be 68 degrees. Seats should be arranged in a theater-style curve. And government prosecutors had no right to see any documents without a warrant.

  • Youth Farm-to-Market program kicks off season Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The El Valle Youth Farm to Market program will kick off its 2016 summer season with a Summer Farm Festival and Community Meeting this Sunday at the El Valle Community Center in Villanueva.

    The event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature an afternoon of presentations, activities and round-table discussions focusing on “Agriculture in El Valle ­— Past, Present and Future.”  

  • Obama warns Air Force grads not to succumb to isolationism

    By Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — President Barack Obama implored the next generation of U.S. military leaders Thursday not to give in to isolationism or pull back from U.S. leadership in the world, drawing a contrast with a foreign policy vision that’s been laid out by Donald Trump.