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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Oh, those Christmas photo cards

    Time flies when one has fun. Suddenly I look at the calendar, (it is almost December as I write this) and look outside (there are 14 inches of new snow on the ground) and I realize it is about time to search out Christmas cards.

    I might be able to dig out a Christmas card from very long ago if I work at sorting the boxes of photographs I’ve already written about. Our parents fell for someone’s line about how wonderful photograph Christmas cards were when Sweet Brother Bill and I were just “wee tots,” as my grandparents would say.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 6, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    6 p.m. — Noche de Familias, Tapetes de Lana
    Saturday
    10 a.m to 3 p.m. — Winter Fest, Mora Elementary Gym
    4 p.m. — Christmas Pageant by Mora Theater Group after the Winter Fest-Elementary Gym- followed by free hot chocolate and bizcochito bar
    1 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. Dulce, home, seventh and eighth
    TBA — Mora Rangers basketball at Taos Tournament, Taos, varsity

  • Fire training
  • The Big One - Robertson to host Silver in 3A championship game

    After getting even (and then some, given the stakes) with three teams they’d already played once this fall, the Robertson Cardinals must beat a relative stranger if they want to hoist the third Class 3A state football championship trophy.

    The good news is they figure to have plenty of friendly and familiar faces around them for Saturday’s title game, set for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Santa Fe Prep deals Dons their first loss

    A potential game-winning 3-pointer went awry, and so did a subsequent putback that would’ve forced overtime, leaving West Las Vegas on the short end of a 61-59 boys’ basketball tally against Santa Fe Prep on Tuesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    The photo finish was in keeping with the entire game. Neither team led by more than eight points all night, and the lead changed hands 13 times.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 6

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Lakewood, Colo.
    • Mora boys vs. Taos, 7 p.m., Taos
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Ruidoso, 4 p.m., Ruidoso
    • RHS Jamboree (featuring Robertson, West Las Vegas B,C boys), TBA
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Eldorado, 4 p.m., Valley Gym
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Rio Rancho, TBA, Rio Rancho

    Saturday
    Basketball

  • Area man accused of rape

    A 62-year-old Mora County man accused of sexually assaulting another man was released from the San Miguel County Detention Center last week.

    Jason Brunson was released from jail on Nov. 26 after posting an appearance bond, according to online court records.

    He is facing charges of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, fourth-degree false imprisonment, a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery and a petty misdemeanor count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

  • With all the fixings
  • Decking the Halls - Holiday Home Tour set for Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The holidays are fast approaching. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than to go on the Holiday Home Tour?

    The tour will be from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Homes on both sides of the river will be beautifully decorated for the season and will be ready to welcome visitors.  

    The tour includes two homes on the historic west side of Las Vegas, and five homes in “New Town.”

    This is the 12th anniversary of the tour organized by Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation.

  • Faulty motor forces school evacuation

    Students at Paul D. Henry Elementary got a short break on Monday morning after the school’s integrated fire system sounded.

    City of Las Vegas Fire Chief Philip Mares said an overheated heater motor caused the system to alarm. He stressed that no students were in danger, adding that they were evacuated safely.