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Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora High School homecoming successful

    Homecoming Week at Mora High School was a lot of fun and also work for the student government committee and their sponsor, Marco Sanchez. It was a week of extra fun with special days as bad hair day, pep rally, talent show and last the Homecoming Parade and game.

    At the game the queen and king were crowned and the royal court took over the basketball floor to process around the gym. The queen was Destiny Pacheco and king was Quintin Dobbs. The other candidates for the king and queen also marched in the processional.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 31, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    4 p.m. — Middle School Rangers vs. Questa, home

    Saturday
    10 a.m. — Middle School Rangers vs. Santa Rosa, home

    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board Meeting, Administration Building

    Tuesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangers vs. Dulce, away

    Wednesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangers vs. Pecos, home

  • Palabras Pintorescas - What treasures await in what we call junk?

    In the “Are there additions or corrections to the columns” section of the Optic where my “Palabras Pinturescas” column pops up, I need to follow up on some of my recent stories.

    I mentioned the book “He Heard His Brother Call His Name” by Patsy Dorris Hale. I was told it was only available on Amazon, and that was before I visited my favorite bookstore, Tome on the Range. They have copies on order as we speak.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 31, 2014

    THUMBS UP! MAKING A MARK
    Congratulations to John Fernandez for winning the Corrido of the Year award at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association awards show earlier this month. At that same awards show, Robertson High School student Estrella Gutierrez was awarded Youth Song of the Year. And Mariachi Paisano del Valle took the top spot as Mariachi Song of the Year for the song “Quedamos Como Amigos,” sung by Benny S. Ortiz and RHS graduate Marissa Baca. It’s great to see these talented individuals being recognized.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 31, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Students leave building — HU put on trial

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    The scene was somber, the quiet overpowering. To a drum roll and bugle call, some 300 students marched silently out of Rodgers Hall at mid-morning on Thursday, May 28, 1970. The funereal atmosphere was marked by solemn music, accompanied by a lone flute, played by a young girl.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 31, 2014

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the need for Congress to fund a key tax program (Jan. 28, 2014):
    Here’s another example of a budget decision made far away and having a potential consequence to Fairbanks. Congress failed to include funding for the annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes program in the federal omnibus spending bill approved earlier this month.
    The program provided $742,500 to the Fairbanks North Star Borough in fiscal 2013. That’s an amount equal to just less than 1 percent of the property tax revenue raised that year.

  • Hanging on - Lady Dons edge Raton; Trujillo, Gonzales score in double figures

    Joedy Quintana milked 30 critical seconds off the clock and then — after drawing the inevitable foul — made one of two free throws to help West Las Vegas hang on in a 61-56 win over Raton on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Raton missed a final shot with :04 left, and West’s Celeste Trujillo grabbed the defensive rebound to finish the game.

  • National honor for McPherson

    Shanice McPherson, a New Mexico Highlands freshman, was named the NCAA Division II U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week this past Monday.

    McPherson hit the qualification marks for the NCAA Championships in a pair of events while scoring 18 points in helping New Mexico Highlands capture the 2014 Air Force Invitational team title over the weekend in Colorado Springs.

  • No. 9 WSC rolls Cowboys

    His mane of blond curls makes Elliot Copeland a dead ringer for the character Napoleon Dynamite.

    But Copeland is a much better wrestler.

    And that left New Mexico Highlands fans saying, “Gosh!” on Wednesday night.

    Copeland, ranked No. 3 among 174-pounders in NCAA Division II wrestling, won 9-2 against Highlands’ Easton Hargrave and helped the No. 9 rated Mountaineers spoil the Cowboys’ home debut at the Wilson Complex.