Today's News

  • On to Finals for OKC

    The Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY  — After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish.

    And now, he’s one big step closer to making his basketball dreams come true.

    Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while playing all of regulation for the first time all season, and the Thunder claimed a spot in the NBA finals by beating the San Antonio Spurs 107-99 on Wednesday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 8, 2012

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, 5:30, 7 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park
    • Co-ed city league championship tournament, 5 p.m., Abe Montoya Recreation Center

  • Go Fish - June 8, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ.

    Chama River: June 2, Andrew Coyne of Littleton, Colo., caught a 21-inch brown trout. He was using a nightcrawler.
    Heron Lake: June 2, Micah Faharda, age 9, of Albuquerque caught a 30-inch, 8.5-pound lake trout. She was trolling a silver Panther Martin at 21 feet.

  • Native takes over as executive director

    Julian Barela of Rainsville was recently appointed as executive director of the Mora Valley Community Health Services by its board.

    Barela graduated from Mora High School in 1999.

    In 2003, he graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration on finance.

    In 2004, he received his master’s degree in business administration at NMHU.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - June 8, 2012

    Community Calendar

    10 a.m. — Sangre de Cristo Stock Growers meeting
    2:30 p.m. — VFW Ladies Auxiliary meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. — VFW meeting, VFW Hall
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commissioners meeting, Wagon Mound
    4:30 p.m. — Mora Mutual Water & Sewage Board, office
    6 p.m. — Little League Baseball at the field in Holman, Field #1 Dodgers vs. Rockies, Field #2 Cardinals vs. Braves  

  • Sharing history though pictures

    We just had a fun and educational visit with some interesting folk here at the ranch. I continue to be amazed at how old ranch history just pops up, and this time, the stories were really old.

    Peter Welles called me early in the year to find out what was going on at the ranch, and could he and his wife Anita come for a visit in May … of course I said yes! His family built the third log cabin here when my grandfather started our dude ranch business.

  • Moderate Democrats win

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies flexed their muscle in legislative races by reaching across party lines to help moderate Democrats survive challenges from liberals, but the governor’s favored GOP candidate lost in a Senate contest in eastern New Mexico.

  • Three accepted into research program

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College students Justin Smith (electronic engineering major) and Rachel Ridgeway (physical sciences major) are two of 16 students throughout New Mexico who have been selected to participate in the Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience program for 2012.

    Justin and Rachel will spend a month in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University working as research assistants on a NMSU faculty member's cutting edge research project.

  • Students of the month - June 8, 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

    Victoria Gomez of Robertson High has been selected as Rotary Student of the Month. Daughter of Placido and Maxine Gomez of Las Vegas, Victoria recently completed her junior year at Robertson.

    At Robertson, Victoria maintains a 4.0 GPA and is active in Key Club, National Honor Society, MESA, and on the school tennis team. She also participated in the Supercomputing Challenge and works part-time at Paul D. Henry Elementary as part of the 21st Century Program.

  • Salazar ousts Vigil

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    Former Highlands professor Tomas Salazar ousted longtime Dist. 70 Rep. Richard Vigil on Tuesday, while Dist. 8 Sen. Pete Campos held off a challenge from fellow legislator Thomas Garcia.

    It was an intriguing primary election for area Democrats in particular, as many key seats were contested. And with no Republican opposition in November in most of the races, Tuesday’s results held particular importance.

    Neither Salazar nor Campos are facing Republican challengers.