Today's News

  • 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.

  • Air crews join battle against wildfire

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    RUIDOSO — Air and ground crews used a break in the hot and windy weather Monday to fight a fast-moving wildfire that charred tens of thousands of acres in just three days and forced hundreds of residents to leave their homes in southern New Mexico.

    Although the lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra Blanca mountain range grew by another 1,500 acres, fire officials declared it 30 percent contained by Monday night after the almost 950 firefighters were able to build fire lines on the east side of the blaze.

  • Sunrise Kiwanis’ Outdoor Recreation Show is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Who says you need to leave Las Vegas to have a great vacation?

    If you need to be reminded about the many activities and nature adventures common to our area, Sunrise Kiwanis is sponsoring the second Annual Outdoor Recreation Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Abe Montoya Rec Center.

    The show is a family- oriented event focused on all types of outdoor activities available around the Las Vegas area such as camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, golf and boating.