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Today's News

  • Phillies clinch playoff spot

    HOUSTON — Roy Halladay pitched his 20th career shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to reach the playoffs this season with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

    The NL East leaders clinched at least a wild-card berth and will appear in the postseason for the fifth straight year. Philadelphia won the World Series in 2008 and took the NL pennant in 2009.

    Once the club signed ace Cliff Lee last winter to round out a dominant rotation, another playoff berth for Philadelphia seemed a foregone conclusion.

  • Vatos feeling sentimental?

    The current edition of the Vatos rugby club may have scored a solid runner-up finish in the recent Santa Fe 10s Tournament, but the Vatos alumni — a gathering of fellows from 20 years of competition — showed they still have plenty of fight left too.

    More than 50 current NMHU Vatos and alumni took part in the Sept. 4 event. “It was a good day of rugby,” said founding coach and adviser Dick Greene.

    In the College Division the Vatos A side defeated UNM 28-10, Santa Fe 24-0 and NMSU 32-12. They again defeated UNM 33-5 before losing in the finals to New Mexico Tech 15-10.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 16, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, SEPT. 13

    COYOTE CREEK: The flow is 1.4 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout.

  • Gym dedication
  • Martinez awarded Marr scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    Daniel Martinez, a 2011 Robertson High School graduate and one of the top student athletes in the state, has been selected recipient of the 30th Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson High School student athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.

  • NMHU partners with school board

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Forestry and Watershed Restoration Institute and the Alamo Navajo School Board created a successful ongoing partnership in 2010 that combines job creation with forest restoration.

    The Institute trained an Alamo Navajo forest crew to thin piñon and juniper forests near their remote reservation 57 miles southeast of Socorro.

    Thinning improves forest health and helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. The forest worker jobs are helping reduce poverty on the Alamo Navajo Reservation.

  • Mora County Notebook: Tony Pacheco celebrates his 89th birthday

    Juan Antonio “Tony” Pacheco recently celebrated his 89th birthday with his brothers, their wives and their families, nephews, nieces and grand nephews and nieces at the Tilford Memorial building in Chacon. The memorial building was a fitting place for his celebration as he and his family were born and raised in Chacon and spent their early years at the Mission School.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Sept. 16, 2011

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    4 p.m. - Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Questa - 7th and 8th
    5 p.m. - Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Questa, varsity and junior varsity
    7 p.m. - Mora Ranger football vs. Laguna Acoma at NMHU Perkins Stadium

    Saturday
    9 a.m. - Mora cross country at Pecos, away, boys and girls varsity and junior varsity
    10 a.m. - Mora Rangerette volleyball at Santa Fe Prep, 7th and 8th

    Monday
    4 p.m. - Mora Rangerette volleyball at Memorial Middle School, 7th and 8th

    Wednesday
    5 p.m. - Mora Rangerette volleyball at Springer, 7th and 8th

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Good things really do come in small packages

    Our kids often heard that old expression: “Good things often come in small packages.” Yes, good things do come in small packages, and in this instance it is a book by a local author, and it is hot off the press, as they say.

  • West policy upsets advocate

    A policy passed unanimously by the West Las Vegas School Board late last week has Raychel Hosch in complete and strong disagreement. The policy prohibits the use of video or audio recorders during Individual Educational Program meetings at the district.

    IEP meetings are held to determine what services are needed by a special education student.