Today's News

  • Vatos rugby splits spring opener twinbill

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Rugby Football Club (11-4-1) began its spring 2012 season on March 3 with a poorly played win and followed with a well-played loss.

    The Vatos prevailed 10-7 over the Albuquerque A/B team and the following day fell 21-15 to the University of Northern Colorado.

    Northern Colorado is a recent USA National Collegiate D2 Champion and last year’s D1 quarterfinalist, having lost to Stanford by five points.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 16, 2012

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Christian (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Aztec tournament, TBA, Aztec
    • West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales
    • Robertson at APS Duals, 7:30 a.m., Albuquerque

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • Mora County teams win big

    Mora County high schools have ended their basketball season with a great showing. For the first time, all three teams — Wagon Mound Trojans and the Mora Rangers and Rangerettes — were at the state tournament.

    The Wagon Mound Trojans came home with a state championship trophy.

    Congratulations go to that great team, coach Bobby Clothier, parents and fans. They had a season record of 24-5.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - March 16, 2012

    Community Calendar

    2:30 p.m. — VFW Ladies Auxiliary meeting, Community Room Bank of Mora
    5 p.m. — VFW Regular Meeting, VFW Hall
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commission meeting, CHET Fire Department, Cleveland
    TBA  — American Red Cross meeting-Tapetes de Lana
    5 p.m. — Mora Mutual Water and Sewage Board meeting, MMW&W office

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Painting a visual picture using words

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I now continue with a lengthy letter I had written to a dear friend, a doctor who had just undergone surgery in Florida. He and I had a memorable horseback ride into our West Canyon. This letter was written 12 years after our ride, and thus began a writing career of painting pictures through words instead of paint.

    I quote my letter: “Yes! Today, 1977 and it is still exactly like it was. I returned again, now on the aging Bella, and rode for both of us ... come with me!

  • LV native excelling as software engineer

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University computer science graduate Amy Chavez Blea’s successful career as a software engineer for IBM got a kick start in 1999 when a university Career Services adviser encouraged her to apply for an internship with the corporation.

    Blea, a Las Vegas native who graduated from Highlands in 2000, was on campus this week to give talks to several computer science classes.

  • Learning the way of the Open Road

    By Murrae Haynes

    So you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. How are you going to do that?

    You may have tried a dirt bike once when you were a teenager and don’t remember a lot other than falling down. Ask a friend? Maybe your uncle or brother? The guy down the street who rides a sportbike?

    A great way to learn is to take a motorcycle safety course.

  • Idaho woman to do Desert 100 race for 10th time

    By Alecia Warren
    Coeur d’Alene Press

    COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho  — Weeks ahead, Tia Flynn is haunted by the race.
    At night, she dreams of the course she has tumbled her motorcycle across for years, the hills she has crashed on, the rivers where her bike has been baptized into competition.

    Feeding the addiction, she watches the online video of races past. She takes in the roar and growl of 1,000 bikes along an endless stretch of starting line.

  • Howell sworn in early

    Newly elected City Councilor Vince Howell was sworn in Friday to the surprise of many, including the councilor he replaced and some members of the governing body.

    City Attorney Dave Romero had previously said that the winner of the Ward 2 race wouldn’t take his position on the council until after the mayoral and Ward 3 races were decided in a runoff. No runoff was needed in the Ward 2 race because Howell received 67 percent of the vote, well above the 50 percent plus one vote margin required by the new city charter.  

  • East board calls for better food

    In late December, Las Vegas City Schools board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco voted against awarding contracts for cafeteria food products to several vendors, saying she wants healthier foods served to students.  

    At that time she said she wanted the district to serve more fruits and vegetables to students and less pre-processed foods.

    In response to Lovato-Pacheco’s concerns, board members Ernesto Salazar and Elaine Luna wrote up a directive to interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez asking for healthier cafeteria food.