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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - Nuestra Historia begins third year

    This column first appeared two years ago, on Jan. 7, 2011, when Nuestra Historia was introduced with the hope of bringing to life the history of our area. We said we would focus on the social, cultural and political milestones — sometimes tumultuous — which have made Las Vegas and San Miguel County a very special and singular place.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 4, 2013

    The Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance on the National Rifle Association and the gun industry (Dec. 31) — The National Rifle Association claims putting guns in the hands of more people is the way to deal with mass shootings in America. It says only good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns.
    Such was the shameful response of the NRA, one of the nation’s most powerful political lobbying groups, to the Dec. 14 slaughter of 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn.

  • Kanneh headed to NFL showcase

    New Mexico Highlands University defensive back Abdul Kanneh has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the NFL Players Association announced this week in a news release.

    Kanneh will be one of the draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

    Kanneh earned 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division-II Football All-America First-Team and BSN All-America First-Team honors.

  • Sweet 17 - MMS girls roll to 17-1 finish

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School Lady Cardinals eighth grade basketball team completed its 2012 season with a 17-1 record that included first-place finishes at the Los Alamos and Pojoaque Middle School Tournaments.

    After an early-season loss, the Lady Cardinals ran off 16 straight victories — including three convincing December defeats of Raton, West Las Vegas and Mora — to complete their season.

  • Cardinal wrestlers shine in Silver

    Of the nine guys Rico  Montoya pinned en route to a 9-0 mark and an Outstanding Wrestler award at this past weekend’s Silver Duals, eight didn’t make it out of the first period.

    Montoya was one of the top individual performers for Robertson in the two-day event, and the Cardinals managed to win five duals as a team.

    Joe Crespin (220 lbs.), who like Montoya is a defending state champion, also went 9-0.

  • Mora, Pecos lead NRG hoops fray

    More tournaments are under way and in the near future for area prep basketball teams.

    The Northern Rio Grande tournaments, which opened Wednesday, were to wrap up Saturday evening at Ben Lujan Gym in Jacona.

    Mora and Pecos are playing in the girls’ NRG bracket; Mark Cassidy’s Rangerettes, who opened the season on an unbeaten streak before falling at West Las Vegas this last week, are the No. 1 seed. The Lady Panthers and coach Leroy Barela are seeded No. 6.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 4, 2013

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Regis, 3 and 5 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

  • Elected officials take oath of office

    The elected officials of Mora County took the oath of office on Friday Dec.  28 at the Mora Senior Citizens’ Center.

    Probate Judge Edward Aragon presided over the ceremony and swore in the newly elected officials. The senior citizens, family members and county officials were present to witness the officials as they were sworn in. A white Bible was used for the swearing in.

    Those who were sworn in were Joanne Padilla–Salas as County Clerk, Florence Romero as County Treasurer and Alfonzo Griego as County Commissioner.

  • Mora County Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 4, 2013

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

    Monday — Pork posole, salad with dressing, mustard greens, garlic bread and pumpkin spice cookie
    Tuesday — Beef fajita, pinto beans with green chili, salsa, flour tortilla, oatmeal cookie, and peaches
    Wednesday — Baked chicken, wild rice, carrot-raisin salad, biscuit with margarine, and mandarin oranges
    Thursday — Pepperoni pizza, bean salad, pasta salad
    cantaloupe, and oatmeal cookie

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Starting the New Year with good ol’ fruitcake

    Don’t look now, but ... there is a second chapter in the story / column I wrote about fruitcakes. Yes, I know some family members might call me the original fruitcake  because I write about such nonsensical things, but what do they know!

    The day the fruitcake column was published,  my neighbors just down the road near Sapello appeared at my door with a real, packed-in-that-tin fruitcake, made by the monks at Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va., no less.