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Today's News

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 13, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    2  to 4 p.m. — Proposed Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area Planning update #2-Laura Shields Science Building, New Mexico Highlands University
    Saturday
    9 a.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. West Las Vegas, JV (DH), home
    10 a.m. — Mora Track, Santa Rosa, away
    Sunday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Book needs to be on ‘must read’ list

    I am happy to report my “catcher’s mitt” still fits, and no, I did not have to use it. My doctor father always told us he had his catcher’s mitt with him when he delivered a baby, and he did deliver many babies as a country doctor.

  • Valdez selected to travel to leadership forum

    Submitted to the Optic

    Tristen S. Valdez, a student at Mora Middle School, will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a People to People World Leadership Forum. Valdez, along with fellow students from around the world, will take part in developing leadership skills, learning about times in American history, meet with important leaders and explore current challenges, practice teambuilding skills, and visit national memorials and historic sites.

  • LCC students come out on top

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Moments after winning his second consecutive first-place finish in the SkillsUSA New Mexico Collision Repair Technology category, Luna Community College student Earl Varela was concentrating on one thing — nationals.

    Varela, along with LCC Dental Assistant Student Amanda Gonzales, will head to the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City in June.

  • BREAKING: Court allows GOP, Demo candidates on ballot

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's highest court is allowing the Senate's top leader and other candidates to appear on the ballot despite incomplete election paperwork.

    The state Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and others will remain candidates although their nominating petitions failed to designate the political district of the office for which they are running.

    A 2011 state law required that information for the first time.

  • Ex-Luna leaders to get contract

    Luna Community College is poised to hire two of its former presidents as consultants to handle grants.

    The college isn’t yet disclosing how much it is planning to pay Leroy “Huero” Sanchez and Gilbert Sena for the work, saying a final contract has yet to be executed. The proposal submitted by the former presidents, however, requests $40,000 for the first phase of the contract, which, according to the RFP, would run through Sept. 30.

  • Ward 3 candidates a study in contrasts

    They may share the same first name and live in the same ward, but Ward 3 candidates Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey have little else in common.

    Herrera, a 1982 graduate of Robertson High School, grew up in Las Vegas and said he has pretty much lived in Ward 3 all his life. The 47-year old is the son of a full-time Army reservist who served in Desert Storm and of an elementary school teacher who taught at West.

  • Southwest Capital Bank goes solar

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank has installed a 15 kilo watt solar system with a battery backup capable of 30 kilo watt hours of electricity.  

    The system was designed and installed by Energy Concepts Corporation, a locally-owned energy company specializing in photovoltaic installations throughout New Mexico.

    “Southwest Capital Bank is excited to make this exciting investment into one of our town’s iconic buildings,” bank President Greg Levenson said.

  • ‘Perfect Grandma’

    Betsy Roybal’s life took an interesting turn last month.

    The 83-year old was chosen as the phase one winner of the Bueno Foods Perfect Grandma contest. On Saturday, Roybal along with representatives from the New Mexico company handed out samples including their traditional “Grandma’s Tortillas” at the local Wal-Mart.

    Roybal’s son Allen Archuleta and his wife, Tina Montoya-Archuleta submitted Roybal’s story to the Bueno Foods Facebook contest.

  • State police officer injured in rollover

    A state police officer responding to a domestic violence call early Monday morning was seriously injured when his vehicle struck an elk on Interstate 25.

    Officer Will Hayoz was pinned inside his vehicle for more than an hour, state police Lt. Craig Martin said. Hayoz was airlifted to St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe once area rescue crews managed to free him from his mangled vehicle.

    Martin described Hayoz’ injuries as fairly extensive, but said that as of Monday afternoon they didn’t appear to be life threatening.