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Today's News

  • Mora Lunch Menu - July 27, 2012

    Senior Lunch Menu

    The lunch menu for Mora/Wagon Mound Senior
    Citizens Centers with milk and coffee served daily.

    Monday, July 30 — Chalupa, lettuce, tomato, fiesta salad, salsa, and fruit cocktail
    Tuesday, July 31 — Meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower with cheese, dinner roll, margarine, cantaloupe, and yogurt
    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday was not available as of press time.

  • Miranda Serna Basketball Camp a great success

    By Jeannie Abeyta
    For the Optic

    The Coach Miranda Serna Basketball Camp held July 16-18, was a success! A total of 60 participants enjoyed instruction on basketball skills, motivational talks, games and prizes.

    Guest speakers were Fidel Trujillo and coaches Mark Cassidy and Andres Valdez. Camp staff who volunteered their time and knowledge came from several states and cities, but all have roots in Mora. Camp coaches had close ties to Serna, either as family or a friend and love her and the sport of basketball.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - My passion for reading both the old and new

    You, my readers, know my passion for reading and books — books of all sorts and kinds. I recently spent a couple of hours deep into my father’s dog-eared copy of his 1982 edition of the Merck Manual, considered the bible of medical information by many in the health seeking/curing field. Yes, that 30-year-old book is still timely in many ways, and Doc’s notes make it even better.

  • Fresh ginger: What it is and how to use it

    By J.M. HIRSCH
    AP Food Editor

    People have been eating it for thousands of years, yet still no one can tell me why it should be peeled. So I don’t, and neither should you.

    “It” being fresh ginger, the gnarly brown root that lives amongst the grocer’s Asian produce. And the flavor is so much better than dried, you must get to know it.

  • Taking your potato salad to the next level

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Whether you dress your potato salad with mayo or belong more in the vinegar camp, the beauty of this picnic staple is that it so wonderfully accommodates just about anything you care to add. And if the flavors are big and bold, all the better.

    So this year we decided to take a basic vinegar potato salad to the next level.

    We added all the trimmings you’d typically expect on an Italian grinder.

  • Shuffling at wildlife agency triggers concerns

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmentalists are concerned that reorganizing the New Mexico Game and Fish Department could spell trouble for the state’s nongame animals and programs aimed at conserving threatened and endangered species.

    Not so, the agency says.

    A lightning rod for controversy, the department is again sitting at the center of a longstanding debate over its mission and how it balances conservation and the interests of hunters and anglers whose license fees pay for much of the department’s work.

  • Jail Log - July 27, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center July 16-24:

    Katherine Duran, 30, Adult Probation Office warrant
    Eloy Dominguez, 62, criminal trespass
    Richard Madrid, 55, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended/revoked driver's license
    Anthony Maestas, 52, disorderly conduct
    Sharon Montoya, 33, battery on a household member
    John Brito, 45, felony warrant
    Daniel Kyle, 37, aggravated stalking
    Jose Dimas, 24, Adult Probation Office warrant
    Mark Esquibel, 43, aggravated battery on a household member

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 27, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Highlands awarded Kellogg grants

    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded New Mexico Highlands University a $500,000 grant aimed at helping incoming freshmen with science classes.

    The foundation announced the two-year grant last week and said the award with go to the to the university’s Achieving in Research, Math and Science Program, also known as ARMAS.

    Edward Martinez, natural resources professor and ARMAS director, said the grant will help school officials target students who struggle with science early on.

  • Study challenges views on forest fires

    By Scott Sonner
    The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. — Scientists using field notes from surveys first conducted by the government before the Civil War believe they’ve gained a better understanding of how Western wildfires behaved historically.

    Researchers at the University of Wyoming studied historical fire patterns across millions of acres of dry Western forests. Their findings challenge the current operating protocol of the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies that today’s fires are burning hotter and more frequently than in the past.

  • Bikers rolling in this weekend

    Las Vegas’ 2012 Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally is coming to town — bringing with it bikers from all walks of life and, with them, camaraderie, unique bikes, and personalities that annually characterize the rally.

    The rally will run from Friday through Sunday at the Plaza Park and Bridge Street areas of Old Town.