Today's News

  • Healthier take on pie

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    As all-American desserts go, it’s hard to beat apple pie, especially for the Fourth of July.

    But celebrating a big holiday shouldn’t have to involve making a big healthy eating sacrifice. So in honor of our nation’s independence, we decided to create an apple dessert that lets us have our pie and our healthy habits, too.

  • Star Anise: What it is and how to use it

    By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Pretty to look at, but what do you do with it?

    That about sums up how most of us feel about star anise. And that's why it's mostly been relegated to the backwaters of spice cabinets in the U.S. What most people don't realize is that star anise actually is a deliciously potent spice that can do amazing things for your cooking, especially for meat.

  • Mora County Notebook - Youth group places at competition

    The Mora Youth Hunter Education Challenge showed a great improvement at the state meet in Raton, N.M., earlier this month.

    Last year, they placed 12th when competing against other groups in the state. Now in the 2012 meet they raised their scores to place eight. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge is an international event that is held every June at the Whittington Center near Raton every June. The event is sponsored by National Rifle Association, 4H, New Mexico Game and Fish Department, and New Mexico Shooting Sports.

  • Mora Community Calendar - June 15, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Mora Little League baseball at Holman fields
    6 pm. — Field #1: Cardinals vs. Braves
                  Field #2: Dodgers vs. Rockies
    6:30 p.m. — 4-H meeting, Helping Hands Inc.
    Little League baseball at Holman fields
    6 p.m. — Field #1: Dodgers vs.Cardinals
          Field # 2: Rockies vs. Braves

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Fires, fires oh my!

    The dark storm clouds grow as I write this in mid-June. Will they bring rain, or … will they just bring lightning? 2012 has been a bad year for lightning fires in New Mexico.

  • Feds decline dune lizard protection

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A contentious battle over a rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country took a surprising turn Wednesday with federal officials deciding not to bestow endangered species protections on the small reptile.

  • Texas tip led to huge bust

    The drug bust that yielded 600 pounds of marijuana last week was the result of a Texas Department of Public Safety investigation that spilled over into New Mexico, documents filed Tuesday in San Miguel County Magistrate Court reveal.

  • Change orders up remodel cost

    A remodeling project at West Las Vegas’ Tony Serna Elementary School cost nearly two-thirds more than the original bid because of two change orders.

    The original bid from Franken Construction for remodeling the elementary school’s kitchen was for $131,153, but the project ended up costing $208,557, nearly 60 percent more than the original bid.

    Exactly how the district covered the additional costs is unclear.

    Superintendent Ruben Cordova had not responded to an e-mail from the Optic as of press time.

  • Beating the Heat
  • Schools providing summer meals

    Both local school districts are providing free meals to children this summer.

    The West Las Vegas School District is offering both breakfast and lunch. Las Vegas City Schools is providing lunch service for those 18 and under, however, the district is serving breakfast to its summer school participants.