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Today's News

  • Don Cecilio Elementary students excel

    Submitted to the Optic
    Don Cecilio Martinez Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
    Ms. Ulibarri — Kindergarten, Dual Language:
    Honor Roll: Amarette Duran, Marissa Esquibel, Analysa Ortega-Gallegos, Marquez Espinoza, Flora Lopez, Amiyah Lucero, Isaiah Lujan, Davae Marquez, Haley Martinez, Kalea Martinez, Kimberly Martinez, David Santos Mello, Denika Montoya, Aubriana Ortiz, Angelica Pacheco, Jeremiah Pytell, Tony Rubin, Marianna Saiz, Jose Sandoval, Kaylee Trujillo, Kayla Yee
    Perfect attendance: Marquez Espinoza, David Santos, Mellos,

  • Students of the month - April 12, 2013
  • Mora County Notebook: Romero organizes Memorial Wall dedication

    The Memorial Wall for the Mora Independent school was dedicated last  Thursday; a dedication ceremony hadn’t been held for eight years. Xavier Romero, Student Activities Coordinator, was asked to coordinate the dedication.
    Romero worked long and hard with the cooperation of the administration to put the program together.
    He also served as master of ceremonies and gave the main speech.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 12, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    10 a.m. — Mora track and field, Santa Fe
    11 a.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. West Las Vegas, home
    10 a.m. — Sangre Cristo Stock Growers meeting, Mora Schools Board Room
    Sunday
    Noon — Annual Meeting of Rincones Presbyterian  Credit Union Tilford Memorial Building, Chacon
    2:30 p.m. — VFW Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. — VFW meeting, VFW Hall
    Tuesday

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Where’s a genie when I need her?

    Oh, what I’d give to find that bottle that supposedly has a genie trapped inside. I’d free her, and ask her to take me back in time. Yes, way back because there are folks I’d like to meet and things I’d like to see.

    Case in point: I found a very old newspaper clipping in an aged family book not long ago. I don’t know which newspaper printed this story but I do know it is in Wisconsin. The headline says “Brown Indian relics given to state society.”

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 12, 2013

    THUMBS UP! $11.5 MILLION HEADED OUR WAY
    Gov. Susana Martinez signed a capital outlay bill that sets aside $11.5 million for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties. The money will help pay for things like the planning and design of the city of Las Vegas Bradner Dam and finishing phase one of the Mora County complex. A major side benefit is the construction jobs that will be created by these projects.

    THUMBS DOWN! SO LONG, ESTELLA’S

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 12, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: La Revista Católica; El Independiente

    Since the first newspaper was published here in 1869,  dozens of newspapers have emanated from Las Vegas, as we noted at the beginning of this series. 

    We began with the Optic, our town’s most enduring newspaper, and recounted how it was started by Russell Kistler in 1879, and how the irascible founder helped forge the separation of East and West Las Vegas.

  • Our Watershed: Our livelihood depends on a common vision

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    A common vision for our Gallinas Watershed can allow us to balance potentially competing uses like the city of Las Vegas water supply, agricultural uses, timber, grazing, vacation homes, recreational use and the natural ecosystem.

  • The GIFT of GAB

    When she was little, Gabrielle Griego wanted to be a dancer, not a softball player.

    To this day the whole cheer and dance scene seems to fit her pretty well, from the megawatt smile to the pink ribbon in her hair.

    Ah, but look a little closer and if you ask real nice, Gabby will show you the teeth she broke a couple seasons ago catching a hard line drive to the face during a game for the West Las Vegas Lady Dons softball team.