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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia: New Town’s first Hispanic mayor also its last

    A week after the merger of East and West Las Vegas was approved at a special consolidation election, the two towns held their last regular elections as separate municipalities, and on March 5, 1968, East Las Vegas elected its first Hispanic mayor since the rail town was founded almost a century earlier.

  • For good causes
  • Que Pasa - Oct. 18, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Rally to urge San Miguel County Commissioners to extend the Moratorium on fracking in San Miguel County until they can prove it’s safe, 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at Plaza Park. For more information, call 426-1468.

  • State House speaker raises $171K

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Fundraising is heating up for New Mexico’s legislative races next year that will determine whether Democrats hold on to their majority in the state House of Representatives.

    A political action committee affiliated with House Speaker W. Ken Martinez, a Grants Democrat, raised $171,499 during the past six months, but a PAC operated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez collected $313,151 during the same period.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mountain Mamas meet at Hatcha’s

    On Monday a large group of women who belong to the Mora Mountain Mamas converged on Hatcha’s Restaurant.
    They had a great meal and the business taken care of by Peggy Meeks. They also heard other announcements concerning the group.

    The main speaker for Monday’s meeting was Gascon resident, Editha Bartley, who kept the Mountain Mamas spell-bound as she told the story of her life and her life experiences. She is not really a stranger to those who have read her column in the Optic every Friday, normally just below this column.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Oct. 18, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Institute, Mora School Board Room
    Saturday
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Institute continues
    8 a.m. — Mora Cross Country at Santa Fe Indian School
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Dulce, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Wednesday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Monte Del Sol, away, junior varsity and varsity

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

  • Palabras Pintorescas: No, this ranch is definitely not boring

    So what do you do on a ranch? It must be really boring way out there in the middle of nowhere. I don’t think this old ranch fits the definition of boring in any way.

    For example, in the span of one midweek afternoon here (the first week of October) our ranch yard was busy. Now yards in ranches need to be utilized for whatever comes along.

    Son John was baling hay way out there in our big meadow when the shear bolts broke on the baler, and this bent some major working parts of the machine, way in the impossible bowels of this mechanical wonder.

  • Getting Better With Age

    Highlands University

    Originally a teachers college, Highlands University has evolved into a multifaceted institution of higher learning, a reflection of its own multi-cultural heritage. For alumni the real university, and the true story of Highlands was their experience in the classroom with faculty who inspired, nurtured and instilled the sense of curiosity critical to learning and living.

  • First Highlands president was a visionary

    The first president of New Mexico Normal School was an Illinois farmer’s son whose love of learning led him far beyond the one-room schools where he started his education.

    Edgar Lee Hewett, born in 1865, attended local rural schools and graduated at the top of his class.

    He took a county teachers’ examination and qualified for a certificate with near perfect scores.

  • New Mexico Highlands University Foundation - 30 years of making a difference

    Highlands University

    It’s the quiet ones. Quietly raising money for scholarships that not only change individual students’ lives, but that of their families for generations to come.

    Carefully, thoughtfully, and conservatively investing monies to accumulate wealth in order to support the students and the university with special programs and projects.

    Seeking, shepherding and guiding donors who wish to leave a legacy so that future generations of New Mexico Highlands Students can obtain scholarships, grants and awards.