Today's News

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 22, 2015

    6 p.m. — Mora High School graduation, high school gymnasium
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League, Cubs vs. Yankees, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Dodgers, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League T-Ball, Angels vs. Giants, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Padres, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League, Dodgers vs. Cubs, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Yankees, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League T-Ball, Padres vs. Giants, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Angels, Field 2

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Never underestimate the power of a lightning bolt

    Summer is almost here, even though our mountains have had several late snow storms in May, no less. And, the newspapers, radio and television have had some disturbing news lately.

    Back in the day, quite a while ago, we tuned in to KFUN radio because that really was the only source for daytime news in the country where we lived.

    If there was a fire burning in the area, the radio station would immediately let us know where it was. That ultimately had to end because too many folks showed up, mostly just to look.  

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 22, 2015

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers, opened their 2015 home baseball season this week with a game against the defending league champion Santa Fe Fuego. It’s unfortunate that this season, the Pecos League presented the Train Robbers with a truncated schedule, with only 10 home games. But that’s still an opportunity to watch some great baseball. Home games begin at 6 p.m., and the schedules are published in the Optic sports section.

  • Another perspective - Time to invest in our families

    By Jacque Garcia

    Much has been made of America’s crumbling infrastructure. Rusting bridges and crumbling highways are only a part of our neglect.

    A much bigger part, and one that many of us don’t see, is the neglect of inner-city communities, distressed schools and long forgotten playgrounds.

  • Editorial cartoons - May 22, 2015
  • Just a Thought - Take time to enjoy and treasure the journey

    By Rick Kraft

    A few years after graduating from high school when I was home from college, my father sat me down to have a visit.

    With tears in his eyes, he apologized and told me how sorry he was that he did not spend more time with me while I was growing up. He told me it is sad how our lives are laid out; at the same time that we are raising our children, we are working hard seeking to get ahead in our career.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 22, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on demilitarizing America’s police (May 19):

  • Area athletes North All-Stars

    Andy Gabaldon, Mike Ortiz and Adrian Valdez of West Las Vegas have been named to the Class 1A-4A North All-Stars in baseball. So have Nathan Archuleta and Dominic Lucero of Robertson, as well as Joseph Duran and Jason Henderson of Pecos.

    Marissa Archuleta, Alicia Jaramillo and Amber Yara of Robertson and Kianna Gallegos of West Las Vegas plus Ida Valencia of Pecos have earned the same honor in softball.

    The Class 1A-4A North-South All-Star baseball and softball games will be held June 12-13 at Cobre High in Bayard.

  • Purple Invasion under way across NM

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands football team, under the direction of first-year head coach Jeff Mills, announces its “Purple Invasion Tour” to recruit in New Mexico that started on May 11.

    The goal is for the Cowboys football staff to set foot in every high school in the Land of Enchantment.

  • Boxer, 14, headed to regionals

    Las Vegas’ Michael Archuleta, 14, will be among the young boxers representing New Mexico in USA Boxing’s regional competition this coming weekend in Ogden, Utah.

    Archuleta, who fights at 106 lbs., has been boxing for two years and is trained by Las Vegas’ Carlos Crespin.

    He is slated to fight a couple times this weekend, and if he wins, he’ll advance to national competition. The regional features amateur boxers from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.