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Today's News

  • Spanish Spelling Bee Wizards
  • Mora County Notebook: Mora students enjoy new archery program

    Mora School students have been enjoying a new National Archery School Program sponsored by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. 

    Tyson Sanders of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department has been teaching Mora students how to use the bow and arrow in archery for sport and hunting.

    Jeannie Abeyta, Mora High School physical education teacher and coach, is also teaching archery. She has gone through training to be certified as a teacher of archery.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    1 p.m.to 2:30 p.m. - Bake sale at the Senior Citizen’s Center
     

    Saturday
    Wagon Mound Pee Wee Basketball Tournament
    Wagon Mound at the State Chess Meet
    9:30 a.m. - Mora Track and Field at Fort Sumner
    Noon - St.Gertrudes Credit Union Annual Meeting, Helping Hands Inc.
    5:30 p.m. - Mora Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, VFW Hall

  • Wagon Mound students heading to conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    The school publications staff at Wagon Mound High School will be attending the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association’s spring convention.

    This year Wagon Mound’s school publications staff members are Corey Muniz, Amber Maestas, Charlene Trujillo and Darlene Trujillo.

    Muniz, Maestas and Darlene Trujillo are all in the 11th grade. Charlene Trujillo is a 10th-grader. Their advisor is Eddie Lujan.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The Christmas gift that got a warm Valmora welcome

    We’ve heard of guns and roses, and in my family it actually is guns and a Christmas tree. Yet another box of very old files from my father’s collection brings back another memory from long ago.

  • Two homicides, two days

    Two Las Vegas men have each been charged with an open count of murder in the beating death of another man on Sunday.

    Richard Vigil, 47, who lives on the 600 block of Jackson, and John Brito, 44, whose address is listed as Dee Bibb Industrial Park,  are also charged with aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and three counts of conspiracy.

    The victim was Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, who lived in an apartment at 614 East Jackson.

  • Prominent resident beaten to death

    A prominent Las Vegas woman who previously ran New Mexico Highlands University’s public relations office was found dead in her home Monday.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said Sherry Anne Clancy appears to have been killed with a blunt object. A dead dog was also found at the Sperry Drive home where Clancy lived with a housemate.

    That housemate, Tamara Smith, 52, has been arrested in the slaying. She is charged with an open count of murder and extreme cruelty to animals.

  • Circus Act
  • Medical pot user asks for new policy

    For Robert Jones, medical marijuana is an everyday need.

    Jones has been using medical marijuana to help him deal with cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder and is one of the program’s original users. So what he’s asking of city leaders probably won’t come as a big surprise.

  • Youth job fair to be held next week

    By Oshá Bailey
    Las Vegas Optic

    Many youths trying to break into the job market have no clue where to start.

    “There are the fast- food joints and maybe some other random jobs that we are familiar with, but we really aren’t introduced to many options as young people,” said Crystal Martinez, a 19-year-old Las Vegas resident.