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Today's News

  • Weather - Oct. 4, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming northeast 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

  • Storrie Lake reopens to boating

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is reopening two state park lakes for boating after recent heavy rains and flooding.

    State Parks Director Tommy Mutz said boating can resume starting today at Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas and Brantley Lake State Park near Carlsbad.

    Storrie Lake had been closed since June 2011 because of low water from severe drought conditions.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 4, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 20 and Sept. 25:
    Pedro Griego, 31, Adult Probation Office, failure to report change of address/contact with co-defendant
    Navor Garcia, 65, larceny, criminal damage to property, tampering with evidence, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Santa Fe book packed with info.

    If you think that “The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is mostly about Santa Fe, think again.

    The entry on Las Vegas, for example, doesn’t just mention that it was founded more than 25 years before the other Las Vegas or that it is known for its Victorian architecture.  

    It delves into the fact that Las Vegas got its start in the 1820s as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and that it prospered even more when the Santa Fe Railway came through in 1879.

  • Fired CEO files lawsuit

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former top executive of the New Mexico Finance Authority sued Gov. Susana Martinez and one of her cabinet secretaries on Wednesday for failing to release public records requested six months ago.

    Ex-CEO Rick May, who was fired last year in the wake of a scandal over a fake audit, brought a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe against the governor and Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 4, 2013

    Staff and wire reports

    Church to hold blessing for pets
    In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul’s Peace Church will host a community wide Blessing of Pets at its 10 a.m. service  Sunday morning.
    Everyone is welcome to bring their furry family members to the church at Eighth Street and National Avenue for individual blessings. Owners are asked to keep pets under control at all times.

  • Habitat benefit opens Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery presents an exhibit and silent auction featuring potter Paul Volckening’s work to benefit Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity.

    The exhibit opens from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with an auction preview and opening bids. The closing reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Volckening will be at both events at Ray Drew Gallery in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave.

  • Mora County Notebook: Programs help farmers and customers

    Farmers in Mora Valley are working together to encourage one another to improve their ability to raise healthy locally grown food.

    Agriculture has deep roots in Mora Valley and the surrounding communities. Many families in the valley continue to raise gardens.

    One family in Encinal is supporting the effort to “grow more farmers” by offering their ranch as a demonstration site.

    Johnny and Peggy Boney and neighbor, Mabel Medina, are helping provide a place so that local farmers can learn by example.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Oct. 4, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    8 a.m. — Mora cross country, SF Indian School, away
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board, Administration Building
    Tuesday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes volleyball vs. SF Prep, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Thursday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vollleyball vs. Monte Del Sol, home, junior varsity and varsity

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Happiness is having good friends

    Happiness is having what we call “always friends” come by, come back for a visit. Such was the case recently when our long- ago neighbors showed up to talk about our fun old times here when they lived just up the road from or ranch headquarters.