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Today's News

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Our pickers agree: The Patriots are gonna win!

    Since the NFL season kicked off in early September, dozens of our readers have participated faithfully in Optic Power Picks, predicting weekly winners of pro and select college football games.

    In an upcoming issue, we will present final standings for 2011-12, our fourth full season since we opened the picks to the public.

    For now, we present a sampling of the Optic Power Picks participants who favor New England in Sunday’s Super Bowl. (And on Page B3, we show those who say it’s going the other way.)

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Brady wary of New York’s ferocious pass rush

    The Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS  — It’s no secret how to stay out of trouble against the New York Giants.

    Doing it, however, is another matter.

    The Giants have perhaps the best pass rushers in the NFL, a group Brady knows all too well. He absorbed five sacks and was hit nine times when the New England Patriots lost to the Giants 17-14 in the Super Bowl four years ago. Brady was only sacked twice when the teams met Nov. 6, but one of those miscues resulted in a Giants touchdown one play later.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Unsung heroes often shine in Super Bowl

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — For every Drew Brees and Ray Lewis, there is a David Tyree or Larry Brown. Not only do superstars win Super Bowls, super nobodies are heroes, too.

    And there are plenty of candidates for Sunday’s title game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Our pickers are in a New York state of mind

    A sampling of the Optic Power Picks participants who favor New York in Sunday’s Super Bowl:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 3, 2012

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Luna Community College at New Mexico Junior College (DH), noon, Hobbs
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Robertson girls vs. West Las Vegas (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at UNM, TBA, Albuquerque
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Taos, TBA, Taos

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora High celebrates homecoming

    Last Thursday was a happy day for the town and the students of Mora High School. After the week of preparation for the big day it finally arrived with beautiful weather and a community’s backing.

    The students had their pep rally and talent show.  

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 3, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    TBA — Middle School Rangers basketball, Taos Tourney, Taos
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Saturday
    TBA — Middle School Rangers basketball, Taos Tourney continued, Taos
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Board, Administration Building

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Buggy rides — One of life’s simple pleasures

    Sometimes life’s pleasures come along in small doses. Very recently I had the pleasure of having both Bartley grandchildren here with their parents for several days of revisiting the ranch together. They are now in their mid-20s, and are interested in so many facets of this old place.

    Son John decided it was time for a slide show one night. My collection of slides that date back almost 50 years here paint quite a picture of life on the ranch, which included pictures of them when they were small. There are many pictures of horses and cows, of course.

  • Luna Community College Honor Roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College announced its Fall 2011 Vice President’s Honor Roll.  Inclusion on the Vice President’s Honor Roll requires students to successfully complete, without incomplete grades included, a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with at least a 3.66 GPA or higher.  Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.  

  • Challenge to schools: Embracing digital textbooks

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — Are hardbound textbooks going the way of slide rules and typewriters in schools?

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday challenged schools and companies to get digital textbooks in students’ hands within five years. The Obama administration’s push comes two weeks after Apple Inc. announced it would start to sell electronic versions of a few standard high-school books for use on its iPad tablet.