Today's News

  • Progress made in cleanup

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — State and federal officials are becoming increasingly confident they’ll be able to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque before it reaches drinking water wells.

    First detected in 1999, the leak at a fueling station at Kirtland Air Force Base was believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled have ranged from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

  • Plenty of fun on tap - Fiestas take place this weekend

    Mora will be a busy place this weekend as the annual Fiestas de Santiago y Santa Ana will be taking place. Hundreds are expected to partake in this year’s fiestas.

    This year’s event includes a parade along NM 518 on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Helping Hands. It will be followed by plenty of entertainment behind the buildings housing the county offices Plenty of vendors are expected at this year’s fiestas. They will be selling food, toys and other items. Public restrooms will be available near the entertainment behind the county offices.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - July 24, 2015


    4:30 p.m. —  Mora Fiestas mass and procession honoring Santiago and Santa Ana at St. Gertrudes Church with procession to follow on Hwy. 518 towards the Mora Post Office.
    3 to 6 p.m. —  Mora Valley Farmers Market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Southwest Capital Bank in Mora. For more information about the market, call Betsy at 505-220-1845.

    8:30 a.m. —  Free breakfast, across from Pacheco Oil

  • Palabras Pintorescas: A fort built in the middle of tall hay crops

    The storms of summer and the warm weather brings on incredible plant growth, as in both weeds and hay crops. Our hay meadow just across from our front gate has timothy hay that is higher than the fence and the gate as I write this. The seed pods on all of the grasses, and weeds are huge as well. That translates into good winter feed for many animals, and reseeding where it has almost become barren in some places here in our mountains.

  • Ceremony to honor Korean War veterans Monday

    A local Vietnam veterans group is inviting the public to a ceremony and reception on Monday to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the end of the Korean War and to honor the people from northeastern New Mexico who served in Korea.

    The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Las Vegas Veterans Park on Mills Avenue. A reception will be held after the ceremony at the Miguel Encinias Veterans Center at 917 Douglas Ave.

    The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1063, which is based in Las Vegas, is hosting the event.

  • Noticias - July 25, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - July 25, 2015

    • Municipal Court closed through Friday, July 24.  Staff will be attending Conferences throughout the week. Court will re-open on Monday, July 27.
    • Mora Fiestas and rodeos will take place from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26 in Mora. The fiestas include live music, dancing, rodeos, and plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information, call 575-387-0237. See page 7 for schedule of events.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 25, 2015


  • Editorial cartoon - July 25, 2015
  • Editorial Roundup - July 25, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on Donald Trump (July 20):

    Donald Trump’s conduct merits public repudiation
    A Republican gut check is in order regarding pursuit of the White House. The fact that billionaire Donald Trump ranks at the top in poll popularity among 16 presidential candidates offers a glimpse of the dangers ahead if shock-jock antics are allowed to shape the GOP agenda.