Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 16


    The AAUW, along with the Optic, is sponsoring school board candidates forum for the upcoming Feb. 3 elections. The Las Vegas City School board candidate forum will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and the West Las Vegas School board forum on Thursday, Jan. 22. Both forums take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the NMHU Student Union ballroom.

  • Weather - Jan. 16, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. West wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 56.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.

  • FYI - Sports - Jan. 16

    State police will be conducting DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora Counties during the month of January. State police will also be conducting multiple DWI Saturation Patrols, random Driver’s License and Registration Checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects throughout the month.

  • McCulloch painting exhibit at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant moon floats in a deep blue New Mexico night sky above purple mountains framed by golden autumn foliage.

    Abstract blocks of vivid orange, violet, green and yellow curve across the canvas, hinting at a mountain silhouetted at sunset. These are two of the 30 paintings featured in the “Frank McCulloch 50 Year Retrospective — The Abstract Years” art exhibit that opened on Monday at Highlands University, with an artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.

  • Turner ranch aims to aid ferrets

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A more than half-million-acre ranch that straddles the New Mexico-Colorado border and is owned by media mogul Ted Turner has asked for permission to import endangered black-footed ferrets.

    The carnivores have struggled across the Great Plains, and the Vermejo Park Ranch wants to bolster their numbers as part of a recovery program spanning 12 Western states.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 16, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Flu vaccine not working well

    NEW YORK — As predicted, this year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it’s only 23 percent effective.
    That’s one of the worst performances since the government started tracking how well vaccines work a decade ago. The best flu vaccines were 50 to 60 percent effective.

  • Mora board members receive association awards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Independent School Board received certificate awards and pins for its participation in the Leadership Development Program provided during the 2013-14 school year by the New Mexico School Boards Association.  

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 16, 2015

    • American Association of University Women will sponsor a public forum and buffet luncheon to discuss legislation for the upcoming state legislature from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. n Saturday, Jan. 17 at Charlie’s Spic and Span. Rep. Tomas Salazar and Sen. Pete Campus will present during this forum. Luncheon cost is $12 and features red and green enchiladas. For reservations, contact Sonya Berg at berg.sonya42@gmail.com.


  • Noticias - Jan. 16, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Mora high ‘celebrities’