Today's News

  • Alberto Abeyta celebrates 104th birthday

    Alberto Abeyta celebrated his 104th birthday on April 14.

    His family and a few close friends met at the American Legion Pavilion in Mora to hold their great celebration.

    Abeyta is the oldest man in Mora. He is the oldest living veteran in New Mexico,  having served in World War ll.

    KOAT-TV interviewed him and broadcasted his story last Thursday evening and Friday morning.

    The news crew visited his Mora home.  

    As the oldest man in Mora, he was honored by being the Parade Grand Marshall in the 2011 Fiesta Parade.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 27, 2012

    Community Calendar

    3 p.m. — Mora Track Team District meet, Pecos
    5:30 p.m. — 6th annual Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet, 6:30 p.m.: dinner, silent and regular auction, guest speaker Nancy Polalillo, Mora VFW
    10 a.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Monte Del Sol, Ft. Marcy
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. Peñasco, away
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. Jemez, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Surviving the winter and the roasting

    Suddenly it is springtime in the Rockies again. And after such a long, cold and windy winter, I wondered if any plant, tree, weed would survive our weather onslaughts.

    I am happy to report that our grass is green again, there are buds on our various trees and the lilacs may bloom soon. The early plum blossoms are frozen, but that happens every year here. My calendar has all sorts of dates penciled in.

  • New way to a Southern classic

    By Elizabeth Karmel
    For The Associated Press

    During a recent visit to a food festival in South Carolina, I was lucky enough to be invited to the home of Nathalie Dupree, cookbook author and Southern entertainer extraordinaire.

  • In Brief - Food - April 27, 2012

    Burger King makes promise

    Burger King on Wednesday became the first major U.S. fast-food chain to pledge that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and eggs by 2017.

    The move by the world’s second-biggest burger chain helps it satisfy growing demand among customers for humanely produced fare and adds fuel to an industry-wide shift to consider animal welfare when purchasing food supplies.

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  • Santa Fe Opera Youth Nights

    Submitted to the Optic

    Each summer, the Santa Fe Opera provides complimentary tickets for groups of students to attend opera performances. Youth under 23 years can attend free. This year, free youth tickets are available for two operas.

  • HU choir to perform with Santa Fe Symphony

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir will perform “Journey’s End” in concert with members of the Santa Fe Symphony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The concert features Las Vegas composer Linda Rice Beck’s Requiem and German composer Jean Berger’s Exiles.

    The Highlands University choral director, Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, will conduct the concert.

  • BREAKING: Recording released in Mora Sheriff's altercation

    Incident reports and an audio recording released by state police Tuesday could spell trouble for Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza, who has been accused of trying to let an acquaintance walk earlier this month after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

    The DWI arrest sparked a heated argument between Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham on the evening of April 7, and part of that exchange, which involved yelling, threats from both parties and the sheriff saying, "I can do what I want," was recorded by another deputy on his iPhone.

  • Highlands tuition going up

    New Mexico Highlands University regents voted Monday to increase tuition and fees, a move the school’s administration said will result in more money for faculty and staff salaries.

    The decision came amid good financial news delivered by Highlands President Jim Fries. After three years of declining state appropriations, the university will see $1.5 million in increased state funding during the fiscal year that begins July 1.