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Today's News

  • Searchers scour gas explosion rubble

    By Verena Dobnik
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Rescuers working amid cold, gusty winds and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

  • Ex-cop also texted in movie theater

    By Tamara Lush
    The Associated Press

    DADE CITY, Fla. — A former police officer accused of killing a man in a movie theater during a dispute over texting had used his own phone to send a message to his son moments before the incident, according to documents released Thursday by Florida prosecutors.

  • HU students design cultural center exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University media arts students designed the Getting Up Pa’L Pueblo exhibit that opened late last month to acclaim at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

    The exhibit features woodblock prints and stencils created by the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca or ASARO, a contemporary artists collective in southern Mexico. The University of New Mexico owns the ASARO art collection featured in the exhibit.

  • Mora County Notebook - Watershed Alliance conducts study

    The Mora Watershed Alliance began the three-part study of the Mora Watershed Threats and Opportunities earlier this month. Edward A. Martinez, an associate professor at New Mexico Highlands University in the Department of Natural Resources, Watershed Management class were present. They will study the data collected and report their findings at the last class in May.
    About 40 people participated in the study held at the Buena Vista Fire Department.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - March 14, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Wednesday
    6:30 p.m. — Mora 4-H Meeting-Helping Hands Inc.
    Thursday
    7 p.m. — Glimpses of the Past, “Conflict on the Prairie:” The Red River War of 1874,” 116 Bridge St., Las Vegas

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU
    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.
    Monday — Closed, Presidents’ Day
    Tuesday — Tamale, vegetable salad, pinto beans, whole wheat tortilla, mandarin oranges

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Childhood memories of the Castañeda

    Newsworthy items pop up daily around here. With a good radio, two or three newspapers and a television, not much gets past us way up here in the mountains. Some of the news is exciting,  to say the least.

    Our beloved, sleeping Castañeda is about to awaken once again! I have so many fond memories of long-ago times spent at that grand hotel. A trip to town from our Valmora home was always an event, particularly for sweet brother bill and I in the 1940’s.

  • Dons make Final Four

    Dons fans, celebrate — your team is headed to the Final Four.

    And Cody Najar is making up for lost time.

    The West Las Vegas senior, who transferred to the school from Mora but missed a chunk of the regular season in an eligibility dispute, exploded for a team-high 26 points Wednesday night, leading the Dons past Ruidoso in the Class 3A boys’ basketball quarterfinals.

  • Luna softball continues homestand

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College baseball team took one game from Odessa College on the road this past weekend.

    The Rough Riders beat Odessa 4-0 in the third game of the series. They lost the other games 4-2, 12-7 and 4-2.

    The team takes on Clarendon College on the road this Friday and Saturday.

    The Rough Riders are now 7-16 overall and 3-5 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 14, 2014

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Clarendon (DH), noon, Clarendon, Texas
    • NMHU at Metro State, 3 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson JV vs. Capital, 3 p.m., MMS field
    Basketball
    • Class 3A boys’ semifinal: West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian, 9:45 a.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 2A girls’ state championship, teams TBA, 5:30 p.m., The Pit
    • Class 3A girls’ state championship, teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Western Texas (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • Campos reverses course

    Eight months ago  — amid continued deteriorating relations with the board — Luna Community College President Pete Campos announced that he planned to retire when his contract with the school expired on June 30, 2014.

    Then in February, Campos rejected an offer from the school’s board of trustees to stay on an extra year to help get Luna through its accreditation process.

    But with a little more coaxing from some on the board, Campos has changed his mind.