Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 13, 2012

    • LCC at Lubbock Christian JV (DH), 3 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado School of Mines, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Colorado State-Pueblo, Pueblo, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas at Goddard, 3 p.m., Roswell

    • LCC at Lubbock Christian JV (DH), 1 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mines (DH), noon, Brandt Park

  • Jail Log - April 13, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 3 and April 9:

  • In Brief - News - April 13, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Evaluation changes coming
    SANTA FE  — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration will develop a new system this summer for evaluating the performance of teachers and principals partly based on student achievement.

    The Public Education Department will propose regulations next month and then hold public hearings.

    Martinez said Wednesday the system will be made final this summer and be fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Charge brought in Fla. killing

    By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout
    The Associated Press

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  — Amid furious public pressure to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the special prosecutor on the case went for the maximum Wednesday, bringing a second-degree murder charge against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teenager.

  • Mora County Notebook - Easter Egg Hunt huge success

    Lent and the Easter season mean a lot to the people of Mora.

    There are special Bible studies and services during this time to remind us that this is a special religious time.

    It is also a time of joy in the new spring that is upon us. There are parties and special times for all.

    One tradition that is carried out is the egg hunt. The Mora people really went all out for this custom. Children from 8 months to 80 years enjoyed the traditional custom.

    The sheriff’s department held its second annual egg hunt on March 31.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 13, 2012

    Community Calendar

    2  to 4 p.m. — Proposed Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area Planning update #2-Laura Shields Science Building, New Mexico Highlands University
    9 a.m. — Mora Rangerettes softball vs. West Las Vegas, JV (DH), home
    10 a.m. — Mora Track, Santa Rosa, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Book needs to be on ‘must read’ list

    I am happy to report my “catcher’s mitt” still fits, and no, I did not have to use it. My doctor father always told us he had his catcher’s mitt with him when he delivered a baby, and he did deliver many babies as a country doctor.

  • Valdez selected to travel to leadership forum

    Submitted to the Optic

    Tristen S. Valdez, a student at Mora Middle School, will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a People to People World Leadership Forum. Valdez, along with fellow students from around the world, will take part in developing leadership skills, learning about times in American history, meet with important leaders and explore current challenges, practice teambuilding skills, and visit national memorials and historic sites.

  • LCC students come out on top

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Moments after winning his second consecutive first-place finish in the SkillsUSA New Mexico Collision Repair Technology category, Luna Community College student Earl Varela was concentrating on one thing — nationals.

    Varela, along with LCC Dental Assistant Student Amanda Gonzales, will head to the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City in June.

  • BREAKING: Court allows GOP, Demo candidates on ballot

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's highest court is allowing the Senate's top leader and other candidates to appear on the ballot despite incomplete election paperwork.

    The state Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and others will remain candidates although their nominating petitions failed to designate the political district of the office for which they are running.

    A 2011 state law required that information for the first time.