Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - La Voz del Pueblo and Félix Martinez

    At least in the case of Félix Martinez, there may be an answer to the age-old question whether the times make the man, or whether it is the man who makes the times. Martinez made a lasting and positive impact on the future of Las Vegas and New Mexico, and was a remarkable man — one of those Renaissance men whose legacies are immeasurable and enduring.

  • Another Perspective - Halting gun violence

    Our right to bear arms must be respected and honored, but responsible gun owners must recognize that principled compromises are necessary to ensure the public’s and our personal safety, and to preserve our treasured right to own firearms.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 1, 2013
  • Not willing to accept gun-related killings

    Regarding Gary Lucero’s letter (published Jan. 28 and titled “Insulted by editorial cartoon”), it was a little hard to see what the problem was until getting a look at the original cartoon (which ran Jan. 18). As I suspected, the problem (“insult”) lay in not taking the cartoon as a joke. I think we all know that “assault” weapons are not generally used for hunting — and I appreciated the additional information supplied by Mr. Lucero.

  • Pecos board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With school board elections around the corner, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all school board candidates in San Miguel County. What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Pecos Independent School Board of Education. Election Day is Tuesday.

    Position 4

    Debbie Gilmore
    Age: 53
    Address, phone number, e-mail: 17 Camino Andres Vigil, 575-318-9418, realtordg2000@yahoo.com

  • Lawmakers propose to elect some regents

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Voters could elect some members of the governing boards of New Mexico’s largest universities under a legislative proposal that supporters say will lessen the influence of politics over higher education.

    Two constitutional amendments introduced in the House on Wednesday would overhaul the selection of boards of regents for public colleges and universities. The governor currently appoints regents and they serve staggered terms.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora native serving in Africa

    A young woman who was born and grew up in Mora is now serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Africa.

    Andrea Martinez, 24, has been assigned to the Catholic mission in Dombe. She is working as a librarian and teacher.

    Martinez will be serving there for two years. She had brushed up on her French, thinking that she would be assigned to a French-speaking country.

    But when she was assigned to Mozambique, where the native language is Portuguese, she had to switch gears.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 1, 2013


    Noon to 6 p.m. — Benefit dinner for Kayla Romero, Hatcha’s Express Café, $7 for adults and $5 for children
    10 a.m. — Mora Rangers middle school basketball vs. Santa Rosa, away
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangers vs. Monte del Sol, junior varsity and varsity, home
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. Monte del Sol, varsity, home
    1 p.m. — The Crochete Ole class begins, Mora Senior Citizens’ Center

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Sweet Bill isn’t a figment of my imagination

    I’ve discovered a few of my readers think my sweet brother Bill is a figment of my imagination. And some of my friends want to see a picture of Bill. My editor, Mercy, asked me a while ago if I had any photographs to go along with a story. Well, the indoor jobs when it is so cold caused me to dig out an old box of pictures, and there it was! A Kodak moment with sweet brother Bill, no less.

  • Grizzlies dominate the mat

    Only one pin was scored in Wednesday night’s dual meet between host New Mexico Highlands and national power Adams State, and it was Highlands’ Igor Gomzin who did the pinning.

    Gomzin, a junior from St. Petersburg, Russia, stuck Mario Garcia with 1:29 left in the first period. He’d been leading 4-0 when he turned a cross face into a cradle, rolling Garcia onto his back and firing up the Wilson Complex crowd.

    But the Grizzlies got the last laugh, cruising to a 30-12 team victory.