Today's News

  • 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
  • Honoring parents’ dream

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A $10,000 scholarship to honor her parents has been established by Eloy Gutierrez and Rita M. Padilla-Gutierrez to assist students attending New Mexico Highlands University.

    “My parents, Placido and Crisanta Padilla, yearned to attend college,” Padilla-Gutierrez said.  “That dream was never realized, but through their children, the importance of education was demonstrated.”

  • Mixed reaction to 4-day plan

    The proposal to move to a four-day school week at Las Vegas City Schools is drawing both criticism and praise from parents.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez recently announced that the district is considering implementing the four-day weeks for students next year. To make up the time, students will be in school for longer days. McNellis-Martinez has said that the Fridays students are off would be used for professional development for staff.

  • Finances worry East official

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar questioned the validity of superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s comment that the district will end this fiscal year in the black during a board meeting late last week.

    Salazar, a local banker, said he is not completely sure that her information is correct.

  • Millennium Scholar

    Childhood for Josh Leon’s childhood was anything but spectacular, with his mother dying of cancer and his father being deported to Mexico.

    But Leon, who has attended United World College’s Montezuma campus, didn’t give up, and last month he was notified that he is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar.