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Today's News

  • In Brief - Education - Oct. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    UNM grad rate has gone up
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico is crediting an increase in its graduation rates to its decision to hire more student advisers.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the university’s six-year graduation rates rose about a half percent this year and 1.5 percent in 2010.

    Still, the university’s new 45.1 percent six-year graduation rate for full-time students remains well below the national six-year average of 55.1 percent.

  • Mora County Notebook: Gathering stories of the Mora Valley

    Mora High School is starting a story gathering project under the guidance of Theaterwork of Santa Fe. The project is called “Memorias de Mora.”

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Oct. 21, 2011

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Santa Fe Prep, junior varsity and varsity
    Saturday
    11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. — Ranger Talk, Fort Union National Monument
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Logan, Parents’ Night
    7 p.m. — Mora Ranger football at Questa, varsity
    Sunday
    11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. — Ranger Talk, Fort Union National Monument
    Monday

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Hat on for our wonderful state

    I have never been a salesperson, and I probably never will try to sell anything I come in contact with. However, there is one exception to that rule of mine. Ask me about my wonderful state, New Mexico, and I can always get on a “promote New Mexico” bandwagon.

  • Business rival feud escalates

    The owner of Rocky Road Gravel contends that a business rival attacked him over a city job, striking him in the face with a two-by-four earlier this month.

    Not so, says Miguel Melendez, owner of Sangre de Cristo Gravel, who contends that it was Oren Mathews who was the aggressor. Melendez contends that Mathews threatened to kill him and that Mathews hit him in the head with a two-by-four several times.

  • Wells crucial to city water system

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    The year was 1981, and a lack of precipitation over the previous year was forcing PNM to pump four of its wells at Taylor Well Field for about half of the roughly two million gallons of water a day Las Vegas was using at the time.

  • Mom who fled facing new charges

    The bitter custody dispute between a Serafina woman and the father of her two children has taken another turn.

    Rebecca Montoya, who is awaiting trial on two counts of custodial interference, now stands accused of aggravated stalking and four counts of filing a false report.

  • Pink day
  • County praised for moratorium

    San Miguel County Commissioners were thanked Tuesday for appointing a task force to develop an oil and gas ordinance for the county and for enacting and extending a temporary moratorium on oil and gas development.

    The thank you came in the form of a letter signed by more than 100 San Miguel County residents and presented to commissioners during last week’s meeting by Brad Turk, who lives on Las Dispensas Road.

  • Contract for city street work led to dispute

    The Oct. 6 altercation between Oren Mathews and Miguel Melendez followed a roller coaster procurement process for materials for the city’s Cutler repaving project, which is nearly complete.

    At least two dozen city streets were targeted for work, and the city issued a call for bids for material for the project in August.

    Mathews’ Rocky Road Gravel was the low bidder on the project, and city staff during a special meeting in September recommended that the contract be awarded to that company.