Today's News

  • A recipe for success

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    MORA — The interior of the Joseph Montoya gymnasium at Mora High School is filled with athletic banners celebrating state championships and other athletic achievements. On Thursday afternoon, another banner was unveiled in front of hundreds of students at the “Home of the Champions.”

    This time, however, the banner celebrates the school’s academic success.

  • Beth speaks for herself: Our future is just up the hill

    Last February, my husband and I took a tour of Montezuma Castle led by students from Israel, Pakistan, Romania, and The Netherlands. The boys did most of the talking. Even after I encouraged the girls to speak up, they remained reticent. When I asked if UWC-USA taught public speaking, Olaf mentioned the debate club. When I said that I’ve taught speaking skills to international students for years, Jeff exclaimed, “You must come teach us. Soon. I graduate in 2016.”

  • Balderas joins in supporting new drug guidelines

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the top prosecutors for more than two dozen other states have sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking the agency to quickly adopt new guidelines for prescribing opioids.

    Balderas cited a prescription drug and heroin addiction epidemic in New Mexico as a reason joining in supporting the CDC to speedily adopt guidelines that indicate patients, in some cases, can be treated for pain with lower doses or alternative methods.

  • ‘New Mexico Truth’ campaign launched on child poverty

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A Catholic community health organization wants to draw attention to child poverty in New Mexico and is using a parody of the state’s successful tourism ad campaign to do it — prompting an angry response from state officials.

  • Short session, long to-do list

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are confronting heightened concerns about violent crime, a weak economy and lackluster schools as they convene for a 30-day budget legislative session.

    The session begins Tuesday against a potentially acrimonious political backdrop, with the Republican-controlled House and Democratic Senate both up for election in November.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 17, 2016
  • Editorial: A man of peace

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial first appeared in the Jan. 21, 2013 Optic.

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.

  • Another Perspective: The main thing

    For the past several years, as the holidays draw near and the legislative session looms just beyond them, I have written an article outlining the challenges facing New Mexico and trying to map out solutions to them. This year feels different.

  • Just a Thought - Being known as a drum major for justice

    Behind my desk at home is a print of a man standing in front of a desk with his arms crossed. I’ll come back to him. On the wall behind the man is a portrait of another man. The portrait of the man on the wall is Mahatma Gandhi, a major political and spiritual leader during India’s independence movement through nonviolent civil disobedience from 1916 to 1945.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu — Jan. 17, 2016

    4 p.m.
    The Rangerettes of Mora High School will face off with Robertson at home.
    4 p.m.
    The Rangerettes of Mora High School will face off against Melrose at home.
    1 p.m.
    The Rangers and Rangerettes of Mora High School will face off with Mesa Vista in Ojo Caliente.

    Senior Lunch Menu

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