Today's News

  • Grant: RMAC track athlete of year

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    Jillisa Grant as been selected as the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Women’s Athlete of the Year.

    Grant is a three-time NCAA Division II national champion in the long jump (outdoor, 2011; indoor, 2012) and 200-meter dash (indoor, 2011).
    She is currently ranked among the top three in the nation in the 100, 200 and long jump. She also runs on Highlands’ 400-meter relay team, currently ranked fourth nationally.

  • Region honors Cowboy slugger

    More honors rolled in this week for the New Mexico Highlands baseball team, which is playing in the NCAA Division II Central Regional playoffs this week in Mankato, Minn.

    Kyle Davis, a junior designated hitter for the Cowboys, was named to the first-team all-Central Region for his work leading up to the national tournament.

    Davis has hit. 396 with 42 runs batted in and 35 runs scored.

  • Isotopes back at ‘the Lab’

    Isotopes and Las Vegas Optic reports

    After some time away, the Albuquerque Isotopes will be back at their own ballpark for a while.

    And so will onetime Isotope Manny Ramirez, albeit in a different uniform.

    Ramirez, now with the Oakland A’s organization, will return to Albuquerque to make a rehabilitation appearance with the Sacramento River Cats when they play the Isotopes on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Go Fish - May 18, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
    Cochiti Lake: May 9, Mike Gianfriddo of Albuquerque caught a 4.5-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a Mepps spinner.

  • Is solar power for you?

    Solar power has been around for decades, but until recently most area residents have seen it as a novelty rather than a real option for their own homes and businesses.

    That view has changed in recent years with Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, and tax credits currently being offered that make converting to solar energy more affordable.

  • Mora County Notebook - Students attend ‘Robo RAVE’

    Several Mora students competed in the Robo RAVE conference earlier this month in Albuquerque. They showed their skill in design and testing of the projects that they had been working on during the year.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 18, 2012

    Community Calendar
    6 p.m. — Mora High School senior class banquet and awards night, Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas
    11 am. — Baccalaureate for graduating seniors, St. Gertrude’s Church
    6 to 9:30 p.m. — Astronomy program, Sun Moon and Stars above the Santa Fe Trail, Fort Union National Monument           
    6 p.m. — Little League baseball, Rangers vs. Angels, Little League Field, Holman

  • Spaghetti dinner huge success

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Valley Community Health Services held a benefit spaghetti dinner in April to benefit the Senior Center and Ambulance Programs. The event raised $1,655, which will help with operational costs in both programs.

    The benefit dinner was organized by the Mora Mountain Mama’s, a women’s group in Mora that dedicates its time to various community issues and organizations. The Mora Mountain Mama’s donated food and time, and MVCHS staff assisted at the event, which was held at the Mora Senior Center.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Faith in the weather gods

    My faith in the weather gods is restored after that big rain — and snow — storm, coming almost on schedule in early May. Hopefully the pattern will continue as La Niña may have dived into the deep of the ocean, for a long time.

    Back in the ‘50s when we still lived in Las Vegas and Jim worked for our Public Service Company, he would always plan his vacation time in early May.

  • Armijo Students of the Month