Today's News

  • In Brief - Education - April 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    UNM museum returns artifacts
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico has returned to Mexican officials artifacts believed to be of Pre-Columbian origin.

    The Consulate of Mexico announced the return of the artifacts late Tuesday.

    The items include beads made of shell that are estimated to be around 700 years old.

  • Mora County Notebook - Spanish Spelling Bee winners

    Mora students have held their district Spanish spelling bee and students from Mora County are heading for the state Spanish Spelling Bee on Aril 14 in Albuquerque.

    Sixth grader, Kristen Herrera, granddaughter of Donald and Emma Sanchez, won the first place in Wagon Mound.

    In Mora, Anthony Pino qualified to represent Mora at the state Spanish Spelling Bee.

    The teacher and Bilingual director in Wagon Mound is Georgia Cruz and the teacher in Mora is Rita Sanchez.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 6, 2012

    Community Calendar

    3:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs.Cimarron, Home
    10 a.m. — Mora track team meet, Cimarron
    Noon — Open House and Easter Egg Hunt, Coyote Creek State Park
    6:30 a.m. — Easter Sunrise Service and breakfast, Chacon
    2 p.m. — Community Easter Egg Hunt - prizes, crafts and fun for all. Everyone is invited, Mora Presbyterian Church

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Battle with the gates

    Because curiosity is my middle name, I always have to investigate when I hear noises, like making things or repairing things in and around our big shop area. Every ranch has to have a shop and a collection of old junk, just waiting to be ressurrected, to repair something that broke.

  • Official: U.S. needs more young farmers, ranchers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan sees an epidemic of sorts sweeping across America’s farmland. It has little to do with the usual challenges, like drought, rising fuel and feed prices or crop-eating pests.

    The country’s farmers and ranchers are getting older, and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place.

  • Anti-fracking law adopted

    Setting aside the grave concerns raised by its legal counsel and its insurer, the Las Vegas City Council voted 3-1 on Monday to approve a community bill of rights ordinance, becoming the first municipality in the state to do so.

    Moments after the vote, as jubilant backers of the controversial measure were celebrating, the  New Mexico Oil and Gas Association notified the city attorney that it would be filing suit over the matter.

  • Missing woman’s body found

    The skeletal remains of a woman reported missing in 2009 were discovered late last month on a ranch in the Wagon Mound area.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said Monday that the remains were discovered on March 24 by either the landowner or a person leasing the property in the Wagon Mound area.

    The case has been turned over to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s criminal investigations division.

  • East activity funds being questioned

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar continues to question the fiscal operations at the district pertaining to student activity accounts.

    The issue came to light several months ago when club advisors questioned account discrepancies presented by the district’s business manager Myrna Garcia during a board meeting.

    District officials have since said the student activity accounts have been reconciled, but that news did not sit well with Salazar.

  • Back with a Vengeance

    Balmy spring temperatures gave way to nasty winds and late-season snowfall Monday evening, wreaking havoc with power lines and giving many students a two-hour delay on Tuesday.

    Several inches of snow fell in Las Vegas. The National Weather Service has received reports of about 18 inches of snow in the Rociada area and about 6 inches in the Sapello area.

  • Cause of Sunday fire undetermined

    Authorities have yet to determine the cause of a three acre fire that broke out at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday west of Camp Luna near the shooting range.

    Dubbed the Shooting Range Fire, the blaze sent smoke billowing above Las Vegas and sparked fears of a difficult fire season ahead. The fire was contained within a few hours.

    Dan Ware, spokesman for State Forestry, said the fire was human caused, though exactly how it was ignited had not been determined as of Monday afternoon.