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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia: Beck family published Optic 35 years

    The longest single ownership of the Optic began in 1967, when brothers Robert and Stuart Beck purchased the newspaper. The Beck family published the Optic for the next 35 years, and while old newspaper articles indicate it was the two brothers who owned the Optic, Stuart Beck’s wife Lois was also an owner, and managing editor for more than 20 years.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Preserving our clean air heritage

    Editor’s Comment: This is the sixth in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Learning process
  • Memorial Day closings

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
    • City of Las Vegas offices: Closed
    • Trash pickup: Commercial routes will run as normal. Residential routes scheduled for Monday will be picked up on Tuesday. The transfer station will be closed Monday. If there is a problem, call 429-0214
    • Abelino Montoya Recreation Center: Open regular hours 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
    • Carnegie Public Library: Closed

  • Que Pasa - May 24, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • The Memorial Service for all deceased patients of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, scheduled for Friday, May 24 has been cancelled because of ongoing construction. For more information, call Lisa M. Apodaca at 454-2680.
    • United World College graduation, 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 24 on the campus’ soccer field located in Montezuma.
    • Robertson High School graduation, 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at Michael Marr Gym.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Mora County Notebook: Schools celebrate Dia de la Cultura

    Earlier this month, the Mora Independent Schools celebrated Dia de la Cultura with a wonderful program presented by the kindergarten through the middle school classes.
    There was a large crowd filling the bleachers in the gym. Chairs were set up on both sides of the floor to accommodate all of the audience. The gym was tastefully decorated with the Hispanic theme.

    Behind the performers were black curtains to make a “back stage.” On the curtains were hung sarapes, sombreros, guitars and other mementos of the Hispanic culture.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 24, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    6 p.m. — Mora High School Graduation, Joseph M. Montoya Gym
    Tuesday
    6 p.m. — Tee-Ball, Angels vs. Pirates, Little League field, Holman
    6 p.m. — Little league, A’s vs. Cardinals, Little League Field #1, Dodgers vs. Rockies, Little League Field #2, Holman
    Thursday
    6 p.m. — Tee-Ball, Pirates vs. A’s, Little League field, Holman
    6 p.m. — Dodgers vs, A’s, Little League Field #1, Cardinals vs. Rockies, Little League Field #2, Holman

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Lessons learned in tornado country

    I think spring in finally here. It is a beautiful May morning and I have just fed some hungry critters. One of our cows gives little milk, so she and her kid are in the corral for a spell, until the baby’s bottle is no longer needed to supplement.

    The three old horses need extra hay as well. Their teeth aren’t good, they are “stove up” as old timers would say, and they appreciate any and all handouts now.

  • Guerin a three-time champ

    Juliana Guerin made history earlier this month, capturing her third state singles tennis championship in dominant fashion, but it wasn’t quite as easy as the scores might indicate. And given the adversity she had to overcome to defend her title, Guerin appreciates this one every bit as much as the previous two she won as an eighth-grader in 2010 and as a sophomore last spring.

    In a post-championship interview, Guerin shared her thoughts about coming back from injury (again), her journey back to the final, and her plans for continued growth on the court.

  • Coaching jobs open at RHS, WLV

    Three major Meadow City head coaching positions — two at Robertson and one at West Las Vegas — recently opened up for applicants, school officials confirmed this week.

    West Las Vegas plans to advertise its varsity boys’ basketball post after opting not to renew head coach Ernie Rodriguez’s contract, WLVS Superintendent Gene Parson said Wednesday.

    “We’re going to open the position,” Parson said. “At this time, we’re choosing to go in a different direction.”