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Today's News

  • Annual seed exchange Saturday at LCC cafeteria

    Submitted to the Optic

    Seed exchanges, events where farmers and gardeners exchange the seeds that they saved during past years, are cropping up all over the country.

    This year, seed exchanges have already been held in Mora and Anton Chico.

  • Economic impact of wildfire forum today at NMHU

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University will present a free public forum today on the economic impact of wildfire.

    The forum, “What Happens After the Wildfire? Economic Impacts of Wildfire and Post-Fire Flooding,” will be in Room 215 of the Lora Shields Building, 806 National Ave. Light refreshments will be served. The forum will be 9 a.m. to noon.

    The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute is sponsoring the forum along with the Gallinas Partnership and Highlands University.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 19, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! TERRORIST ATTACK COWARDLY

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 19, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Tiny Martinez’s Revista Norteña

    Most of the three dozen or more newspapers published here since 1869 were short-lived and circulated during the time Las Vegas was New Mexico’s premier city, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and even the few that ran more than a decade did not survive beyond 1930. Since that time the Optic alone has endured, and though periodicals of one sort or another have emerged from time to time, they have been both momentary and inconsequential — with two notable exceptions.

  • Our Watershed: Alliance turns vision into action

    Editor’s note: This is the eighth and final column in a series that has been running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

  • Mora County Notebook: Pacheco elected state director of association

    Alegra Pacheco, daughter of Paul and Judy Pacheco and granddaughter of Manuel and Genevieve Alcon and the late Fermin and Mary Pacheco has been elected the National Propane Gas Association state director.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 19, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    Noon – St. Gertrude’s Credit Union Annual Meeting, Helping Hands Inc.
    6 p.m. — Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce Banquet, VFW Hall
    Sunday
    11 a.m. — Confirmation, St. Gertrude’s Church
    Monday
    3 p.m. — Rangers Baseball-vs.Monte Del Sol- Home
    Tuesday
    3 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. Tucumcari, home, junior varsity and varsity
    Wednesday
    11 a.m. — ECHO Food Distribution, Helping Hands Inc.
    Thursday

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Accidents bring back memories of train wreck

    Once in a while bad news bumps good news off the front page of the paper and the radio and television programs. Two area car wrecks come to mind when I mention this.

    I am closely related to one of our fire department first responders, and he was called out early in the morning here because of a head-on crash down our road a few miles. The injuries were severe, but the occupants survived.

  • Luna softball making strides

    When Nate Trujillo took over the Luna Community College softball program late in the offseason, he was — by his own admission — “overwhelmed.”

    A few months later, the Rough Riders are holding up quite nicely at a respectable 17-24 that includes a recent win over the No. 9 team in their national junior college ranks. In their first year with a conference affiliation after laboring as an independent for the program’s first several seasons, they are 8-12 and in line for a trip to the postseason tournament.