Today's News

  • It’s North vs. South

    Local fans are invited to check out some of the finest athletes from the high school class of 2012 this weekend for the annual Class 2A-3A North-South games.

    The all-star girls’ basketball game tips off 6 p.m. Friday at the Wilson Complex, to be followed by the boys’ game.

    Then at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, it’s North-South football at Perkins Stadium.

  • Big turnout for camp

    The inaugural Miranda Serna Memorial Basketball Camp for kids 5-16 will take place Monday through Wednesday in Mora, and the camp has reached its 60-player limit, according to organizers.

    Proceeds from the camp benefit a scholarship fund in Serna’s name.

  • Fiesta Run draws nearly 300 participants

    Henrique Chavez set what is believed to be an event record and continued a strong summer by winning the Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run 10-kilometer race with a time of 31:42 on Sunday morning.

    The Mora native and New Mexico Highlands distance runner eclipsed former NMHU teammate Nicaise Kazingo’s time of 32:49. Chavez called Kazingo — an All-American for the Cowboys — his “idol” and “mentor.”

    Chavez added the Fiesta win to his victory in the 5K of the recent Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run.

  • Mora County Notebook - A celebration of the Mora Valley

    Recently, Theaterwork of Santa Fe presented the production “Where Angels Come to Sing: A Celebration of Mora Valley.”

    This production was presented by Mora High School students who worked with David Olson and his staff for a year, gathering stories from the past and present. These are stories of people of the Mora Valley who have walked in this beautiful place for centuries and who walk here today and will walk in the years to come.

  • Mora Community Calendar - July 13, 2012

    Community Calendar

    6 p.m. — Girls North South All Stars State Basketball game New Mexico Highlands University
    8 p.m. Boys North south All Stars Basketball game –New Mexico Highlands University
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Fort Union annual tours of the First Fort Union focus on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Fort Union National Monument

  • Palabras Pintorescas - ‘If the shoe fits, wear it’

    Old saying says: “if the shoe fits, wear it.” I just discovered a column that I wrote for the June 4, 1971 Las Vegas Livestock Journal. This was written for its “This Woman’s World” page and this is editor Brumbelow’s introduction for it:

    “There’s at least one place in New Mexico where there’s been some moisture. Editha Bartley of the Gascon Ranch near Rociada tells you about it.”:

    “Just about the time things are regular around here, and a fellow gets used to something, things have to change.

  • Area schools struggling

    The final 2011-12 grades are in for area schools, and they show that there’s lots of room for improvement at the East, West and Mora schools.

    Indeed, if your child came home with a report card like the ones that area school districts received on Monday, chances are they’d be in for a stern talk and possibly even a grounding.

    Las Vegas City Schools ended up with six Ds and two Cs. The West Las Vegas School District took home a B, five Cs, three Ds, and its charter school received an F.

  • London bound - Locals to perform at Olympics

    The 2012 Summer Olympics begins in just a few weeks and with it comes a rare opportunity for three area natives who will get to showcase their musical talents in front of thousands gathered for the grand athletic event.  

    On July 25, Reynaldo Maestas, Dorothy Lanphere and James Leger will jump on a plane headed to London.

    “It is the trip of a lifetime,” said a beaming Maestas, a Rociada native who now lives in Albuquerque.

  • Murder suspect pleads guilty

    The 47-year-old Las Vegas woman charged with fatally stabbing her husband last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Suzanne Aguilar is to be sentenced to a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 10 years in prison. In exchange for the plea, a charge of tampering with evidence has been dismissed.

    The sentencing range for a second-degree murder conviction is probation to 15 years imprisonment and a $12,500 fine.

  • Garcia out as East finance director

    The Las Vegas City Schools business office has had a revolving door this past fiscal year, with the finance director being suspended with pay and two consultants having been brought in to pick up the slack and get the the district’s finances back on track.

    In January, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez put then-finance director Myrna Garcia on paid administrative leave. Garcia’s contract expired on June 30, and she is out as the district’s finance director.