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Today's News

  • Elks Students of the Month

    Submitted to the Optic

    Brittany Gutierrez was named Elks Student of the Month for October. The West Las Vegas High School senior maintains a 4.1 GPA. She is the daughter of Frank and Isabel Gutierrez of Ribera, N.M.

    Some of her hobbies and extracurricular activities include choir, mariachi, fishing, ranching, spending time with her family and riding horses.

    She is a four-time all stater for choir, has been on the “A” honor roll throughout high school, two-time state champion for choir and a National Honor Society secretary.

  • State proposing new standards

    By Becky Bohrer
    The Associated Press

    JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska officials are proposing new standards for K-12 education, including an emphasis on speaking and listening skills, as they seek to boost rigor and create more well-rounded students.

    Education department spokesman Eric Fry said the proposal would overhaul the existing system. Under the current system, standards stop at the 10th grade, aligning with testing requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

  • Mora County Notebook: Santa participates at Winter Fest

    During the packed Mora Chamber Commerce’s Winter Fest held in the Mora Elementary Gymnasium Santa Claus appeared with lots of toys for the many children who had been awaiting his arrival. The children were lined up all around the gym waiting for their turn to see Santa and receive a gift. Santa’s helpers, the Sangre de Cristo’s bikers, helped him get the gifts from many people who gave to their Toys for Tots program.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Dec. 16, 2011

    Community Calendar

    Saturday
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball at Clayton, junior varsity and varsity
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball at Clayton, junior varsity and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Santa Rosa,  home, junior varsity and varsity
    Wednesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Springer, home, junior varsity and varsity

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Running toward the radiators

    Eight degrees below zero is cold to colder, and hopefully by this time this is printed warmer weather will have returned. This cold is usually reserved for early January, not early December. Global warming not at its best, I’d say.

  • Campbell on All-American list

    For the first time in more than a decade, a New Mexico Highlands University football player is an All-American.

    Jordan Campbell, a junior linebacker, was selected a Second-Team Daktronics All-American, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Highlands noted in news releases issued Wednesday.

    Campbell led the nation in tackles for loss with 28.5, a number that set new school and conference single-season records.

  • Several all-state runners from area

    Five cross country runners from the Las Vegas area have earned all-state recognition for their efforts this fall.

    Each of the five finished within the top 15 in November’s state championships held in Rio Rancho.

  • Young boxers entertain crowd

    They may be elementary school students, but Mateo Gold and Ryan Gonzales already embrace the mentality of veteran fighters and all-around tough guys.
    Asked if they were nervous before taking the ring in this past weekend’s New Mexico Silver Gloves tournament at Crespin’s Gym, they each shrugged and denied even a moment’s weakness.

    “My mom was nervous,” Gonzales said. “I wasn’t.”

  • Rangerettes win NRG; Cards 3rd at Sandia Prep

    Never mind the record, says Mora girls’ basketball coach Mark Cassidy.

    These Rangerettes are still a work in progress.

    Mora stayed unbeaten at 6-0 by winning the Northern Rio Grande girls’ tournament this past weekend in Española at McCurdy High School.

    The Rangerettes beat Dulce 45-38 in the final on Saturday, dropping the Hawks to 2-2 overall.

  • Six MMS grapplers earn titles

    Submitted to the Optic

    Earning titles in six weight classes, the Memorial Middle School wrestling team pinned down a team championship in its own tournament this past Saturday.

    In addition to the six titles, the host Cardinals picked up one second place, one third, and five fourth-place finishes to earn 232 team points.

    MMS was followed by Taos (220), Los Alamos (152), Mora (119), Bernalillo (101), St. Mike’s (93), West Las Vegas Middle School (67) and Pecos (35).