Today's News

  • Editorial Roundup - March 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Augusta Chronicle, on government transparency (March 19):
    The Obama administration has never lived up to the president’s inauguration day pledge to be the “most transparent” in history.
    Sadly, it’s getting worse.
    An Associated Press analysis of federal data found that the administration has grown more secretive over time, last year censoring or outright denying Freedom of Information Act access to government files more than ever since Obama took office.

  • Mora County Notebook - Durán heading to state Spanish Spelling Bee

    Kaitlyn Duran, daughter of Amy and Mario Duran, will be traveling on April 12 to Albuquerque to compete in the State Spelling Bee. She will be representing the Mora Schools as the No. 1 Spanish language speller of the county.

    The students who participated in the spelling bee this year were enthusiastic and worked hard to learn to spell the Spanish words. Rita Sanchez, their teacher, said that they were very motivated and spent extra time practicing.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - March 28, 2014

    TBA — Mora Rangers baseball at Clayton Baseball Tournament, away
    TBA — Mora Track at West Las Vegas, away
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. Taos, away
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. East Mountain, home
    1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Open House, Mora Independent Schools

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers
    with coffee and milk served daily.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Fire season is around the corner

    Once in a while (not often anymore) an old time truck will backfire as it meanders down our road here in the mountains. The  modern vehicle engine obviously is more efficient.

    Another backfire definition has to do with actual fires. Backfires are used to stop both prairie and forest fires, and that practice has been around at least 150 years or more.

  • Lady Cardinals out to 6-2 start

    Robertson softball’s 10-0 rout of McCurdy on Tuesday pumped up the Lady Cardinals’ record to a healthy 6-2, but head coach Adrian Jaramillo didn’t quite give his team an “A” grade.

    “We didn’t hit the ball quite as well as we have been,” he said, “but we hit it well enough. We controlled the tempo pretty good.”

    The Lady Cards put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning. Three pitchers — Elena Garcia, Samantha Montaño and Myranda Aragon — got work in on the mound.

  • Benavidez throws no-no for Mora

    Manuelray Benavidez carved a place in modern Mora baseball history by tossing a no-hitter against Questa on March 23.

    Benavidez struck out 14 to lead the Rangers to a 5-1 triumph over the Wildcats in Mora’s home opener.

    The game went scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when Questa’s Zack Gallegos reached base on an error and later scored on another error.

  • RHS tennis drops Hope

    Robertson girls dominated the afternoon Wednesday in a clean sweep of Hope Christian in Albuquerque.

    Meanwhile, the Cardinal boys swept the top three singles tennis matches in a good showing overall.

    Juliana Guerin, back in the lineup to begin a run at another state championship, conquered Abby Rosenthal 6-1, 6-1, in No. 1 singles. Jaci Fulgenzi won a tough one with Katie Keeling at No. 2. Jenese Fulgenzi, Kimmeah Martinez, Morgan Hosch and Hannah Montoya all won singles contests for the Lady Cards.

  • Youth Soccer - March 28

    The following are this coming weekend’s scheduled Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches:

    All U6 matches are played at 8:45 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.
    Russia vs. Chile, Field 1
    USA vs. Peru, Field 2
    Mexico vs. Croatia, Field 3
    Greece vs. Italy, Field 4

    All U8 matches are played at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.
    Belgium vs. Switzerland, Field 1
    Portugal vs. Colombia, Field 2
    Norway vs. England, Field 3

  • Go Fish - March 28

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, March 25:
    Charette Lakes: No reports from anglers this week.
    Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron was 4.1 cfs as of Monday morning. No reports.

  • Hunting fee refunds available

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE — Hunters who applied for bighorn sheep, oryx or ibex licenses for the 2014-15 seasons and are unsuccessful in the drawings will be eligible for full refunds of application fees and license fees, the Department of Game and Fish announced Wednesday.