Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook: Schools celebrate Dia de la Cultura

    Earlier this month, the Mora Independent Schools celebrated Dia de la Cultura with a wonderful program presented by the kindergarten through the middle school classes.
    There was a large crowd filling the bleachers in the gym. Chairs were set up on both sides of the floor to accommodate all of the audience. The gym was tastefully decorated with the Hispanic theme.

    Behind the performers were black curtains to make a “back stage.” On the curtains were hung sarapes, sombreros, guitars and other mementos of the Hispanic culture.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 24, 2013


    6 p.m. — Mora High School Graduation, Joseph M. Montoya Gym
    6 p.m. — Tee-Ball, Angels vs. Pirates, Little League field, Holman
    6 p.m. — Little league, A’s vs. Cardinals, Little League Field #1, Dodgers vs. Rockies, Little League Field #2, Holman
    6 p.m. — Tee-Ball, Pirates vs. A’s, Little League field, Holman
    6 p.m. — Dodgers vs, A’s, Little League Field #1, Cardinals vs. Rockies, Little League Field #2, Holman

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Lessons learned in tornado country

    I think spring in finally here. It is a beautiful May morning and I have just fed some hungry critters. One of our cows gives little milk, so she and her kid are in the corral for a spell, until the baby’s bottle is no longer needed to supplement.

    The three old horses need extra hay as well. Their teeth aren’t good, they are “stove up” as old timers would say, and they appreciate any and all handouts now.

  • Guerin a three-time champ

    Juliana Guerin made history earlier this month, capturing her third state singles tennis championship in dominant fashion, but it wasn’t quite as easy as the scores might indicate. And given the adversity she had to overcome to defend her title, Guerin appreciates this one every bit as much as the previous two she won as an eighth-grader in 2010 and as a sophomore last spring.

    In a post-championship interview, Guerin shared her thoughts about coming back from injury (again), her journey back to the final, and her plans for continued growth on the court.

  • Coaching jobs open at RHS, WLV

    Three major Meadow City head coaching positions — two at Robertson and one at West Las Vegas — recently opened up for applicants, school officials confirmed this week.

    West Las Vegas plans to advertise its varsity boys’ basketball post after opting not to renew head coach Ernie Rodriguez’s contract, WLVS Superintendent Gene Parson said Wednesday.

    “We’re going to open the position,” Parson said. “At this time, we’re choosing to go in a different direction.”

  • Brian Urlacher retires

    The Associated Press

    CHICAGO  — Brian Urlacher wasn’t sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he’s calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

    And what a career it was: Eight Pro Bowl seasons; Defensive Player of the Year in 2005; a trip to the Super Bowl as 2006 NFC champion.

    And now, it’s over. The eight-time Pro Bowler and former UNM Lobo announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday.

  • Go Fish - May 24, 2013

    May 21
    Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout.   
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 67 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using Panther Martins, elk hair caddis, Cimarron specials, Cimarron worms, parachute adams, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes fair using Pistol Petes, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

  • Darling to host camps for hoops

    The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball program has announced several June dates for the annual Tiffany Darling Summer Basketball Camps.

    RMAC Academic Player of the Year Alyssa Lopez and some of her Cowgirl teammates will be helping Darling, Highlands’ head women’s basketball coach.

    The 2013 Tiffany Darling Summer Basketball Camps are scheduled throughout the month of June with different dates for the varying skill levels of the campers.

    The camps begin with the Youth Camp for ages 5-9 on June 3-5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 24, 2013

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Raton, 7 p.m., Raton
    • La Plaza Little League game (see Wednesday, May 22, Optic for schedule)
    • La Plaza Little League game
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at NCAA Division II Outdoor Nationals, 8 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Raton, 7 p.m., Raton
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at NCAA Division II Outdoor Nationals, 8 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.

  • 2 charged in stabbing case

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Two Las Vegas men are behind bars after allegedly stabbing another man at a house party on the 2000 block of Church Street early Saturday morning.

    Joshua Lucero, 23, of the 300 block of Santa Fe Street and Johnathan Vigil, 21, of the 1500 block of Romero Street, both in Las Vegas, are charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy in the stabbing of Keith Tarr, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case at San Miguel Magistrate Court.