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Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    ‘Tapia’ film to make debut
    ALBUQUERQUE — A documentary on the rise and fall of world champion boxer Johnny Tapia will make its Albuquerque debut next month.
    “Tapia” is scheduled to be shown Feb. 13 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
    The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and was shown at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October, where it won the Grand Jury Award for best documentary.

  • Caretaker: Child’s death avoidable

    From the Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The family that helped raise a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who died after police say his biological mother kicked him repeatedly claims the child’s death could have been prevented.

    Police found Omaree Varela unresponsive in his family’s home Friday. His mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, 38, was arrested after telling police she got angry and kicked him. She’s facing a charge of child abuse resulting in death. It wasn’t clear if she had a lawyer yet.

  • Mora County Notebook: Party honors UNM grad Angelica Abeyta

    A graduation party honoring Angelica Abeyta was held on Saturday at the VFW Hall. A large group of friends and family attended to congratulate Angelica and to wish her well.

    They enjoyed dinner, visiting and dancing to the music of the Quemoso band.

    The hall was decorated with Christmas and University of New Mexico colors. The family had made copies of Angelica’s graduation photos and attached them to glass tiles and then put decorations around them, for the centerpieces of each table.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 3, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday and Saturday
    TBA — Mora Rangers, NRG Tournament, Pojoaque, varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes, NRG Tournament, Pojoaque, varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes, Wagon Mound Tournament, junior varsity
    Tuesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangers vs. West Las Vegas, home, seventh and eighth
    Wednesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangers vs. Pecos, away, seventh and eighth
    Thursday
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangers vs. Clayton, away, junior varsity and varsity

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Auctions are always great social events

    I still meet people who say they were at the Valmora auction and/or the auction we had here at the ranch, way back in the early 1990s. Valmora was my family’s tuberculosis sanatorium established in 1904. Obviously when a place collects almost 90 years of “stuff” the only way to move it out is with a sale.

  • Prof talks about benefits of friendships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands health education professor Ruthy Watson spoke at the TEDxABQ Women 2013 event in early December about the important wellness benefits of women’s friendships.

    TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit that formed in 1984 as a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers and speakers.

  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 3, 2014

    he Associated Press

    Work on new school set
    NEWTOWN, Conn.  — Newtown officials say demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School is finished and construction of a new school on the same site will begin in the late summer or early fall.
    Officials say the property where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed more than a year ago has been graded and stabilized for the winter.

  • Alta Vista CEO leaving

    After just 11 months at the helm, Alta Vista Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Cahill has decided to call it quits.

    Cahill confirmed to the Optic Monday that she submitted her resignation earlier this month. She is leaving her post the second week of January.

    Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital, has named Elmer Hyde to take over as interim CEO after Cahill leaves. According to Cahill, the company plans to launch a national search for her permanent replacement after the first of the year.

  • Year in Review - Flood, fatal crash top 2013 local stories

    Editor’s Note: Below are the stories the Optic Editorial Board voted as the top area stories of 2013.
     
    The gentle rain had been falling constantly for days, but it wasn’t until the night of Sept. 12 that there was any indication of what was to come.

    On that night, some parts of San Miguel County began to experience mudslides, an indication that the saturated ground had had enough.

  • Alleged DWI driver charged

    Las Vegas police arrested a repeat drunk driver on Christmas Eve for crashing into another motorist while allegedly drunk.

    Angelo K. Aragon, 26, of the 2300 block of Calle Bonita, has been charged with criminal damage to property over $1,000, a fourth-degree felony and with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated, third-offense, driving with a revoked license and following too closely. Online court records indicate that Aragon spent Christmas in jail but was able to post bond on Friday. Online records state that his bond was set at $7,000 cash.