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Today's News

  • FYI - Sports - Sept. 23, 2011

    Three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit the Pecos/DC Civic Youth Group will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Pecos gym. Divisions from third grade to adults over 40. Youth entry fee $50 per team if paid before Sept. 23; $75 thereafter. Adult fee is $75 a team before Sept. 23; $100 thereafter. To obtain registration form and further information, call Evelyn Hurtado, 470-2980, or Rhonda Sanchez, 231-0201.

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  • Freed prisoners trek home

    By Brian Murphy and Saeed Al-Nahdy
    The Associated Press

    MUSCAT, Oman — After more than two years in Iranian custody, two Americans convicted as spies took their first steps toward home Wednesday as they bounded down the steps of a private jet and into the arms of family for a joyful reunion in the Gulf State of Oman.

    The families called this “the best day of our lives” and President Barack Obama said their release was “wonderful news.”

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    House kills funding bill

    WASHINGTON  — In a rebuke to GOP leaders, the House on Wednesday rejected a measure providing $3.7 billion for disaster relief as part of a bill to keep the government running through mid-November.

    The surprise 230-195 defeat came at the hands of Democrats and tea party Republicans.

  • Holiday spending expected to increase

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Retailers just got an early Christmas gift: Americans are expected to spend more than they did last year during the holidays.

    Retail sales in November and December are expected to be up 3 percent during what is traditionally the biggest shopping period of the year, research firm ShopperTrak said Tuesday.

  • McHugh, 88-year-old priest, still serving

    At the age of 88, the Rev. John McHugh continues to serve as a priest at St.Gertrude’s Church in Mora and the outlying mission churches. He served as a priest at different places for a combined 58 years.

    Born in Tulsa, Okla., on Aug. 9, 1923, McHugh moved to Oklahoma City with his family when he was 5. He had one sister, Mary Lee. They attended school at Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. He attended St.Gregory’s High School in Shawnee, Okla., and then spent a year studying at Oklahoma University.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Sept. 23, 2011

    Community Calendar
    Friday
    7 p.m. — Mora Ranger football at Capitan, varsity
    Saturday
    9 a.m. — Mora cross country at Robertson. jv and v
    10 a.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Santa Rosa, 7th and 8th
    10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. — First Fort and Arsenal Tours at Fort Union National Monument
    Sunday
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Pancake/egg breakfast at VFW Hall to benefit building fund, $6

  • The bear that isn’t soft and cuddly

    Well, what can I say? Bear with me, because this is a story almost out of ranch-style science fiction, or something like that. This is yet another vent that “just what do you do on a ranch” list — I sometimes keep.

  • Cardinal pride
  • NMHU student awarded scholarship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Faith Toledo was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in memory of the late Bryan “Dutch” Cokeley, a media arts student who died in 2008.

    Toledo, a 24-year-old from Gallup, N.M., is a member of the Navajo Nation. She is a second-year media arts student, and a senior at Highlands.

  • Education News in Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Board president charged in case

    TRENTON, N.J. — The president of Elizabeth’s Board of Education and two others were charged Monday with falsifying information so their children could get free lunches.

    The state Attorney General’s Office said Marie Munn and two others with connections to the district signed their children up for a subsidized lunch program even though they did not meet income guidelines.

    Authorities said the theft cost taxpayers $7,000 over five years.