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Today's News

  • Census: NM poverty rate has increased

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico has backpedaled since 2000 on a problem that’s long plagued the state — poverty.

    More New Mexicans lived in poverty last year than in 2000, according to a report released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2012.

    An economist with a social advocacy group mostly attributes the rise in poverty to the state’s economic slide since 2008.

  • Settlement close on jail suit

    The Associated Press
    LOS LUNAS — State correctional officials and nearly 500 former and current inmates have reached a settlement agreement that would pay out $750,000 to inmates allegedly forced to strip down and sit front to back for long periods.
    Court documents show that the agreement was reached after several months of negotiations and two mediations, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 20, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 6 and Sept. 16:
     
    Conrad Ortiz, 24, failure to pay  
    Steve Gallegos, 41, conditions of released revoked  
    Manuel Lujan,. 34, DWI. failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Sandoval County
    Noberto Maestas, 52, failure to pay, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate  

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 20, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • First Fort and Arsenal tours Saturday at Fort Union

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument announced its final First Fort and Arsenal Tours of 2013. The final tours for this year will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the monument located near Watrous.

    Join a ranger for guided programs at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2 p.m. Visitors and park staff will meet at the Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to the program time, then caravan out to the First Fort site.

  • Noticias - Sept. 20, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 20, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • The Mora Motor Vehicle Department will be closed until Friday, Sept. 20. Any questions should be directed to the Mora County Manager’s Office at (575) 387-5279.

  • Defense takes aim at witness in murder trial

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Defense attorneys took aim Tuesday at a key prosecution witness in the capital murder trial of a former Arizona fugitive accused of killing an Oklahoma couple, saying it was the witness who made the decision to target the victims for their pickup truck and travel trailer.

  • Mora County Notebook: Cinderella play a huge success

    Cinderella The Story of Big Foot was a great success. The actors were very professional and spoke their lines without a hitch and they could be heard very well.  The performance was held Saturday night and again on Sunday afternoon at the Mora Elementary Gymnasium. For both performances there were more than a hundred people in attendance. It was a true comedy that kept the audience laughing as the actors did a great take off of the Cinderella story throwing in the fact that she had big feet.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 20, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    8 a.m. — Mora Cross Country, Pecos
    Wednesday
    11 a.m. — ECHO Food Distribution-Helping Hands Inc.

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

    Monday — Chicken strips, mashed potatoes with gravy, honey mustard sauce, asparagus, wheat roll with margarine, and apricots
    Tuesday — Baked fish, with tarter sauce, German stew, mixed vegetables, hush puppy, and banana pudding