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Today's News

  • Pentagon begins planning for massive budget cuts

    By Donna Cassata
    and Lolita C. Baldor
    TheAssociated Press
    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending reductions dubbed the “fiscal cliff.”
    Department spokesman George Little said the cuts would be “devastating to our national defense.”

  • West district recognizes high achievers

    Submitted to the Optic
    Don Cecilio Martinez/North Star and Union Elementary Schools

    Fifth Grade
    A Honor Roll
    John Balizan
    Ricardita Mascarenas
    Brianna Bustamante
    Viana Freitas
    Destiny Montoya
    Samuel Roybal
    Lauren Sanchez
    Deandra Pacheco
    Esperanza Sena
    Samantha Vigil
    B-Honor Roll
    Mark Coca
    Ferdinand Crespin
    Estevan Gonzales
    Ryan Gonzales
    Miguel Martinez
    Marquisa Montoya
    Joshua Ortega
    Mia Packard
    Julius Vaughn
    John Fernandez
    Santianna Medrano
    Mateo Stewart
    Joseph Spaulding
    Bailey Douglas
    Raul Esquibel
    Abimeleck Gibbs
    Jesus Santiago
    Gonzales
    Cynthia Maestas

  • Mora County Notebook - Agency completes 22nd year of service

    On Nov. 27, Esperanza Home Health Care and Hospice in Buena Vista completed their 22nd year in serving the area. At present, they are serving Mora, San Miguel, Colfax, and Harding counties. The staff covers more than 100 miles in their duties.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 7, 2012

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. West Las Vegas, away, junior varsity and varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes basketball at Lady Lions Classic, Santa Rosa, varsity
    6 p.m. — The Christmas Story program, Mora Valley Baptist Church, Cleveland
    Saturday
    Lady Lions Classic Basketball continues, Santa Rosa
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Chamber of Commerce, Winter Fest, crafts, food, entertainment, Santa Claus, door prizes, Mora Elementary Gym
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, Los Alamos
    1 to 4 p.m. — Bingo, Helping Hands Inc.
    Sunday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Memories of the drought and dust storms

    At a recent get- together, my friends and I seem to visit once again about the memories stirred up in our “older” brains about those horrific dust bowl days chronicled masterfully by Ken Burns on PBS. I popped into this world in 1934 so I was too small to actually remember those horror stories, but I do remember my parents often talking about that drought and the dust storms.

  • Campbell, Kanneh All-Americans

    A prolific, high-scoring offense garnered plenty of headlines this past fall for the New Mexico Highlands football team, but it was a pair of defensive players whose performance earned All-American honors from the Beyond Sports Network.
    Middle linebacker Jordan Campbell and cornerback Abdul Kanneh were both selected to Beyond Sports’ All-America first team for NCAA Division II football.

  • Young standouts lead Lady Panthers

    Upside?
    The Pecos Lady Panthers have it.
    Pecos got a sizable contribution from several younger players Tuesday in a successful season debut, a 35-28 win against Bosque.
    Sophomore Ida Valencia fell just two thefts short of a triple-double, tallying a team-high 15 points plus 10 rebounds and eight steals to lead the Lady Panthers.
    Fellow sophomore KeeAnna Trujillo had seven points, six boards and four assists, and eighth-grader Brooke Gallegos chipped in five points and four rebounds.
    It was Bosque’s fourth game of the season but Pecos’ first.

  • Lady Dons throttle Santa Rosa by 46

    Eleven West Las Vegas players scored at least two points apiece and the entire Lady Dons roster got into the action Tuesday night in a 78-32 rout of visiting Santa Rosa.
    The Lady Dons elevated their record to 3-0 with a weekend trip to Ruidoso on tap.
    WLV head coach Jose “Majic” Medina elected to press the Lady Lions early and often, resulting in repeated turnovers and fast break chances.
    Santa Rosa (1-1) was unable to establish any offensive rhythm until later in the second half, when Medina rested his starters.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 7, 2012

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Western State, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Gunnison, Colo.
    • Mora girls (A,B), Pecos at Lady Lion Classic, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Clayton tournament, TBA, Clayton
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Boxing
    • New Mexico State Silver Gloves tournament, 6 p.m., Crespin’s Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Air Force Holiday Open, 8 a.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Wrestling
    • Pecos tournament (includes Pecos, Mora Middle School), TBA, Pecos
    • Robertson at Rio Rancho tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho

  • No. 18 Lobos roll past USC

    Optic staff and wire reports
    ALBUQUERQUE — Hugh Greenwood hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to help the No. 18 University of New Mexico men’s basketball team recover from an early double-digit deficit to beat Southern Cal 75-67 on Wednesday night.
    Alex Kirk added a double-double for the Lobos (9-0) with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Kendall Williams had 13 points and a season-high nine assists.
    Five Trojans scored in double figures, led by 14 from Eric Wise, but USC (3-5) still lost its fourth straight.