Today's News

  • Weather - May 16, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:55 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 16, 2014

    The Rio Gallinas School at Socorro and Chavez Streets sustained significant damage last Thursday when a fire erupted in the school’s kitchen. Authorities found evidence at the scene that suggests arson. We hope that the person or persons responsible are caught and made to suffer the consequences of their outrageous actions.


  • Editorial Cartoon - May 16, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Kearny, Manifest Destiny rode into Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    There were 1,150 people living in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846. It was a Saturday morning. Only 11 years earlier, the 36 original settlers had built their adobe houses around a central plaza. They and others who joined them grazed their livestock on the lush meadows and planted their crops along the Rio Gallinas, and many families had already established their home sites and ranchitos away from the plaza.

  • Graduations, health fair keep valley busy

    Spring is here and all of the great activities that go with it are in full swing. It is a happy, exciting time especially at the Mora Schools.

    Last Tuesday, there was the Annual Health and Transitional Fair at the Joseph Montoya Gym. Many people from the community and the school attended the fair. The Mora/Colfax Head Start Program, Mora Valley Community Health Services, Mora Valley Health Council and School Based Health Centers sponsored the event.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 16, 2014


    9:30 a.m. — Kindergarten graduation, Elementary Gym
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Customer Appreciation Day at Mora Valley Ranch Supply, hot dogs and refreshments
    2 p.m. — VFW Auxiliary meeting, VFW Building
    6 p.m. — T-Ball Cubs vs. A’s, Little League Field, Holman
    6:45 p.m. — T-Ball Angels vs. Orioles, Little League Field

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Barker’s ‘Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer’ a favorite

    A recent letter to the editor in the New Mexican (the Santa Fe daily paper) by Georgia Snead caught my eye. I have known Georgia and her family for a very long time and yes, she is closely related to our famed writers, S. Omar and Elliot Barker. She wonders why Omar Barker was left out of a collection written by Walter Skold, titled “Reviving Dead Poets.”

  • Que Pasa - May 16, 2014

    • Private Landowners Workshop at Pritzlaff Ranch on Saturday, May 17. There will be federal, state, and non-governmental agencies attending the workshop to provide information on conservation easements tax incentives, riparian land management, restoration projects, private landowner’s rights, sustainable thinning of trees and many more conservation programs. The workshop will begin at the Ranch Headquarters at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Debbie Pike 425-3581.

  • Private landowners workshop Saturday at Pritzlaff Ranch

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Pritzlaff Ranch is a 3,300-acre spread located north of Las Vegas. The ranch has been managed with wildlife conservation as its groundwork through the Biophilia Foundation. This foundation is premised on the belief that through private landowner’s efforts to restore and protect natural resources our countries lands will become healthy and sustainable ecosystems.

  • ‘A sacred place of healing and hope’

    By Jonathan Lemire and Jennifer Peltz
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks.