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Today's News

  • Editorial Roundup - April 4, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on religious freedom challenge to Affordable Care Act (March 30).

    Religious freedom is a personal freedom, not an employer choice
    It is hard to imagine anyone, from conservative to liberal, who would want their employer’s religious beliefs imposed on their workforce or insurance coverage. Religious freedom is a personal freedom, not an employer choice.

  • Army: Gunman showed no previous violence

    By Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    FORT HOOD, Texas — The soldier who killed three people before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009 had shown no recent risks of violence, authorities said Thursday.

    The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez by Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon. He wounded more than a dozen others.

  • Educational adventure - Highlands students to present on home countries

    A small glimpse of Pakistan will be available for the public on Monday. New Mexico Highlands University students Ejaz Karim and Yawar Hayat Kuan, both of Pakistan, will host an information session about their home country as part of a give back portion of The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • H.U. singers to present Dido and Aeneas opera

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir presents a production of the Dido and Aeneas opera at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Dido and Aeneas is a tragic opera written by Baroque era English composer Henry Purcell that was performed for the first time in 1688. It tells the stormy love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas.

  • Que Pasa - April 4, 2014

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • Habitat for Humanity Spring Blossom Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at Sala de Madrid on the NMHU campus. Spaces are available. Contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 454-4434 or 505-652-6973 for more information.

    SUNDAY
    DOMINGO
    • The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir’s production of the Dido and Aeneas opera at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora-Colfax Head Start seeks applications

    A lot of good things go on in the Mora/Colfax Head Start in Holman. They are recruiting students for the remainder of this school year and have applications ready for parents to signup for next year.

    Pauline Espinoza of the Head Start said, ”The Mora/Colfax Head Start Program is still looking for your little sweet hearts to come and join our other children in the Head Start class rooms.”

    They will be recruiting and assisting families with “Enrollment Applications” starting in April.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 4, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    TBA — Mora Track Team at Santa Fe Indian School Invitational, away
    11 a.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. Tucumcari, doubleheader, home
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Peñasco, home
    Sunday
    1 p.m. — Seed Exchange, pot luck picnic, Tapetes de Lana and St. Gertrude’s Community Room bring seeds to exchange
    Tuesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs McCurdy, away
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Pecos, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The impacts of Dr. Alan Thal, Ralph Hanks

    Yes, there are times when I pick up the Optic and suddenly get my chain jerked, as they say.  Mora County has just lost two incredible individuals, Dr. Alan Thal and Ralph Hanks.

  • Robertson stumps Pojoaque

    It wasn’t Robertson’s finest offensive exhibition, but the Cardinals scored a solid victory nonetheless in their district opener Tuesday against Pojoaque Valley.

    The Redbirds (9-4) won a pitchers’ duel by a 4-1 count amid windy conditions at dusty Whorton Field.

    “We didn’t hit the ball particularly well,” said RHS head coach Kenneth Sandoval.

    “The dust and wind affected us, but I won’t put it all on that.”

  • Benefit run honors late Pecos native

    Area residents are invited to take part in the fourth annual Amanda Lynne Byrne Memorial Run and Walk set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Pecos High School.

    The event, which benefits a scholarship fund for Pecos High School seniors, is held in tribute to Byrne, a Rowe native killed in a January 2011 accident.

    A 10-kilometer run, a 5K run, a 5K walk and a quarter-mile kids’ run will all be open to competitors. Entry fee is $20 for the adult events.

    “This is a good way to honor Amanda,” said Pecos cross country coach Victor Ortiz.