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Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook: Santa participates at Winter Fest

    During the packed Mora Chamber Commerce’s Winter Fest held in the Mora Elementary Gymnasium Santa Claus appeared with lots of toys for the many children who had been awaiting his arrival. The children were lined up all around the gym waiting for their turn to see Santa and receive a gift. Santa’s helpers, the Sangre de Cristo’s bikers, helped him get the gifts from many people who gave to their Toys for Tots program.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Dec. 16, 2011

    Community Calendar

    Saturday
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball at Clayton, junior varsity and varsity
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball at Clayton, junior varsity and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Santa Rosa,  home, junior varsity and varsity
    Wednesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Springer, home, junior varsity and varsity

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Running toward the radiators

    Eight degrees below zero is cold to colder, and hopefully by this time this is printed warmer weather will have returned. This cold is usually reserved for early January, not early December. Global warming not at its best, I’d say.

  • Campbell on All-American list

    For the first time in more than a decade, a New Mexico Highlands University football player is an All-American.

    Jordan Campbell, a junior linebacker, was selected a Second-Team Daktronics All-American, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Highlands noted in news releases issued Wednesday.

    Campbell led the nation in tackles for loss with 28.5, a number that set new school and conference single-season records.

  • Several all-state runners from area

    Five cross country runners from the Las Vegas area have earned all-state recognition for their efforts this fall.

    Each of the five finished within the top 15 in November’s state championships held in Rio Rancho.

  • Young boxers entertain crowd

    They may be elementary school students, but Mateo Gold and Ryan Gonzales already embrace the mentality of veteran fighters and all-around tough guys.
    Asked if they were nervous before taking the ring in this past weekend’s New Mexico Silver Gloves tournament at Crespin’s Gym, they each shrugged and denied even a moment’s weakness.

    “My mom was nervous,” Gonzales said. “I wasn’t.”

  • Rangerettes win NRG; Cards 3rd at Sandia Prep

    Never mind the record, says Mora girls’ basketball coach Mark Cassidy.

    These Rangerettes are still a work in progress.

    Mora stayed unbeaten at 6-0 by winning the Northern Rio Grande girls’ tournament this past weekend in Española at McCurdy High School.

    The Rangerettes beat Dulce 45-38 in the final on Saturday, dropping the Hawks to 2-2 overall.

  • Six MMS grapplers earn titles

    Submitted to the Optic

    Earning titles in six weight classes, the Memorial Middle School wrestling team pinned down a team championship in its own tournament this past Saturday.

    In addition to the six titles, the host Cardinals picked up one second place, one third, and five fourth-place finishes to earn 232 team points.

    MMS was followed by Taos (220), Los Alamos (152), Mora (119), Bernalillo (101), St. Mike’s (93), West Las Vegas Middle School (67) and Pecos (35).  

  • Go Fish - Dec. 16, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, DEC. 13
    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    PECOS RIVER: No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.
    STORRIE LAKE: Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 16, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Amarillo Duals, Amarillo, Texas

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Robertson girls at Portales (A,B), 1 p.m., Portales