Today's News

  • Opening of the remodeled transfer station

    Officials from Mora County and the state of New Mexico officially opened Mora’s remodeled transfer station on Wednesday. The first truck to dump trash in the new bins was the Mora Independent School’s trash truck. Officials and workers took part in the opening.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Sept. 30 2011

    Community Calendar

    7 p.m. - Mora Ranger football vs. Escalante, district game), home (NMHU)
    10 a.m. - Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Springer, 7th and 8th
    9 a.m. - Mora cross country at Santa Fe Indian School, jv, varsity
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Pancake Breakfast, VFW hall building benefit fund
    5:30 p.m. - Mora Valley Community Health Services Board Meeting, administration building of MVCHS

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The cowgirl and the Way of the West

    A long time ago, when I was much  younger, I was hanging around the edges of a conversation between two of our famous area cowboys. We were at a cattle sale, and I vividly remember Dee Bibb and Ike Wiggins talking about someone they both knew. One of them said to the other: “if you want to know a fella, handle money with him.” Those two highly respected cowboys had handled lots of money with lots of fellers, and they knew whereof they spoke.

  • Nine running for Little Miss

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the 10th Annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. The theme for the pageant is Pretty in Pink.

    Nine girls will be competing for the title in four categories of competition: talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question.  

  • Exhibit focuses on jewelry

    From The Associated Press
    NEW YORK  — An enamel black-and-white brooch by Roy Lichtenstein that recalls his pop art designs. A bold gilt-painted necklace twisted into a bowtie by Frank Stella inspired by his sculptural forms and reliefs.

    These wearable works of art are at once different but recognizable as the designs of their creators, and are among nearly 200 one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry pieces in a new exhibition at the Museum of Arts

  • A water system in disrepair

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic begins a six-part series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    When Public Service Company of New Mexico offered to hand over the water utility to the city of Las Vegas for $1 in the early 1980s, alarm bells went off in Alfonso Ortiz’s mind.

  • Bear captured on Harris Road

    Juan Ortiz and his family had a circus of a morning Monday, courtesy of a large bear that showed up in their yard on Harris Road.

    While feeding his pigs, lambs, chickens and other animals he spotted two New Mexico State Police officers with their guns drawn. He questioned their presence, and they informed him there was a big bear in the area.

  • City suing Luna for gas payment

    The dispute between the city of Las Vegas and Luna Community College over a disputed natural gas bill is in court, and a May 1, 2012, trial date has been set.

    The city filed suit against Luna earlier this year seeking to recover $81,000 it says it is owed. The college maintains in a court filing that it has already settled the city’s claim and that it doesn’t owe the money the city is seeking.

  • Education institute aims to help parents

    Parents interested in learning how to get the most out of the education system for their children are invited to attend a daylong event on Saturday that will feature classes on everything from bullying to tapping into federal financial assistance and scholarships.

    Families taking part in the Parent and Community Awareness and Education Institute at Luna Community College will also receive a $20 stipend. Free childcare will be provided.

    The institute will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

  • Lawsuits fly in fight to redraw districts

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s redistricting battle has moved to the courts.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a flurry of lawsuits was filed Monday over redistricting plans.

    Santa Fe’s State Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf and several voters sued in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe over plans drawn up in the recent special session. Meanwhile, three Republican lawmakers, including state House Minority Whip Donald Bratton, filed a separate lawsuit in the 5th Judicial District Court in Lea County.