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Today's News

  • Nora Lopez celebrates 80th birthday

    Chacon is a very good place to live. Many people there make it to 80 years and beyond.

    Nora Lopez is one of them.

    Her children and grand children held a surprise birthday party for her on her 80th birthday last week.

    The family and many friends and neighbors from Chacon and Mora gathered at the VFW hall to honor her with the big celebration. She was happily surprised as she was escorted into the building and found that they had completely fooled her on the reason for the ride to Mora.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Oct. 5, 2012

    Community Calendar
    Saturday
    10 am. — Mora cross country, Santa Fe Indian School
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Dulce, away junior and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home, junior varsity and varsity
    TuesdaY
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commission meeting, Wagon Mound
    4:30 p.m. — Mora Mutual Water and Sewage Board, MW&S office
    Wednesday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Gathering ‘Palabras Pintorescas’ for future columns

    The calendar says it is fall. That means it should be getting cold, and the winds (and hopefully, storms) of winter should not be far behind. Many of us are securing a stack of firewood, often between baling the last of the hay fields that produced just average yields this year.

  • Refuge will be a research ‘mecca’

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lauded New Mexico Highlands University for its environmental research at the Wind River Ranch during the dedication of the property as the new Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge last Thursday.

    “This place will become a mecca for environmental education and research in New Mexico and the U.S. through Highlands University and other partnerships,” Salazar said. “Today we are taking a very significant step in creating the 21st century conservation agenda.”

  • West coach killed in crash

    A single-vehicle accident Sunday night claimed the life of a 35-year-old man who devoted his life to coaching students both on and off the field.

    Josh Garcia, West Las Vegas Middle School’s football coach, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, about 100 yards north of Louden, on the city’s northwest side, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    “He was pinned in the vehicle, and it took about an hour to extricate him,” the chief added.

  • Police investigate stabbing

    A 19-year-old man was stabbed early Saturday morning during a brawl outside of a home on the 900 block of Tilden.

    A Las Vegas police officer came upon the scene at 1:24 a.m. Saturday while patrolling the area. He saw at least 15 people on the street and what appeared to be a fight, according to a preliminary police report on the incident.

  • More frosh at Luna - Highlands has 2 percent drop

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    Officials at both Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University are seeing mixed results when it comes to their fall enrollment numbers.

    Enrollment at Highlands is up on the main campus but down at several of its centers. Total enrollment at Highlands is 3,659, a 2 percent drop from last fall.

    Enrollment at Luna Community College, meanwhile, is down slightly from last fall, but the number of incoming freshmen is up by 63 percent.

  • $283K raised to promote bond issue

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Colleges and universities are banking on a statewide advertising campaign to help avoid a repeat of two years when New Mexico voters rejected a property tax-backed statewide bond proposal to finance renovation and construction projects for higher education.

    The private fundraising foundations of colleges and universities have contributed nearly $261,000 to a political committee advocating voter approval in the general election of $119.4 million for infrastructure projects at campuses across the state.

  • Going with half a loaf

    Count us among those who think the Las Vegas City Council went only half as far as it should have last Friday when it hiked the city water rates. The new rates will increase in stages over the next four years, beginning later this year, and are expected to raise $21.6 million in bond proceeds to pay for water system capital improvements.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 3, 2012