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Today's News

  • Noticias - Sept. 27, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 27, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Group backs higher wage

  • Postal board seeks rate hike

    By Andrew Miga
     The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter.

    The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the agency’s “precarious financial condition” and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress.

  • A ‘Richter’ scale for wildfires

    By P. Soloman Banda
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Federal researchers have been working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires — similar to the way officials use the magnitude scale for earthquakes and other tools to rate and evaluate tornadoes and hurricanes.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora Farmers Market in full swing

    The Mora Valley Farmers Market has been in full swing since the beginning of July. Any time one going along Main Street in Mora on Friday afternoon will see many people crowded around booths at the Southwest Capital Bank parking lot, buying fresh produce grown on the local farms and ranches.

    At the beginning of the season there was plenty of early summer produce as lettuce, other greens, peas and radishes.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 27, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    8 a.m. — Mora cross country, Robertson
    Wednesday
    Noon — Headwaters Food Security Project organizational meeting, Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Lunch will be served at noon
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes volleyball vs. Santa Rosa, home, junior varsity and varsity

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Prayers for moisture were answered

    Yes, it was “water, water everywhere, and nary a drop to drink” as we say goodbye to September. Prayers surely were answered here in our mountains and we watched, with lots of other folks, as drops soon and suddenly became inches of rain.

    I love walking through our nearby forest; it is such a thrill to see our stately pines absolutely soaked; their bark is a glowing dark brown now and hopefully the visiting bark beetles will finally meet their match. Yes, if you want to see a very sick and dying forest, just drive down Mountain View Drive.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 27, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! DRUG DEALER GOT WHAT HE DESERVED
    Anselmo “Chemo” Ortiz, 22, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for dealing crack cocaine and distributing prescription narcotics. Drug dealers prey on the vulnerable in our community, getting them hooked and then profiting off of their misery. As such, they deserve no mercy when they go before a judge for sentencing, and we’re glad that this guy is going away for a long time.

    THUMBS UP! PROMOTING LAS VEGAS  

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 27, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Encinias, Martinez & King nixed consolidation

    In March 1967, when the House of Representatives voted on Sen. Junio Lopez’ bill to consolidate East and West Las Vegas, the lower chamber deadlocked 34 to 34, and Speaker of the House Bruce King would break the tie.

    Already considering a run for governor, King wanted to ruffle as few feathers as possible in Las Vegas, and his tie-breaking vote was against consolidation. (Three years later, King was elected New Mexico’s 23rd governor, defeating then Albuquerque City Commission Chairman Pete Domenici.)