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Today's News

  • Guitarist Ryan McGarvney headlines music festival

    Submitted to the Optic
    Internationally acclaimed guitarist Ryan McGarvey will headline Music on the Rocks, one of New Mexico’s most anticipated live music festivals, this Saturday at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort. Although he’s shared the bill with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Government Mule, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, he can’t wait to show off his “fiery guitar chops” in his home state.

  • Couples line up for marriage licenses

    By Juan Carlos Llorca and Russell Contreras
    Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES — Seven couples were waiting outside when the Doña Ana County courthouse opened Thursday and more from across New Mexico and Texas were expected to flock to the border town as the country clerk for a second day was granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

  • Nuestra Historia: Ivan J. Hilton, a Las Vegas titan

    Whether before or after consolidation, few people in Las Vegas history have left a larger footprint than Ivan J. Hilton, who arrived here from Chicago in 1928 suffering from tuberculosis, seeking recovery in the salubrious climate of northern New Mexico. Born in Springfield in 1898, Hilton had been a successful Chicago stock broker and businessman.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 23, 2013

    THUMBS UP! MAINSTREET SECURES $75,000 FOR PROJECT
    Congratulations to MainStreet de Las Vegas for securing a $75,000 capital outlay award from the state Economic Development Department. The money is earmarked for renovations of the first floor of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building on Bridge Street. The goal is to turn the building into a museum to honor the history of the city’s firefighters.

    THUMBS DOWN! EAST POSTPONES ACCREDITATION

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 23, 2013
  • Mora County Notebook: Mora County youths perform well at fair

    The Mora 4-H members showed what a hard working skilled group they, their parents and leaders are when one sees the results of the judging at the Mora/San Miguel County Fair. There were champions in several categories. Also the Fair Queen and Princess were from Mora.

    The Ashe Ranch of Mora was the winner of the Ranch Rodeo.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Aug. 23, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Tuesday
    7 p.m. — Mora /San Miguel County Fair Association meeting, Helping Hands Inc.

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

    Monday — Sausage pizza, spinach salad with dressing, mixed vegetables, pineapple, and peanut butter cookies
    Tuesday — Red chile with beef and potatoes, pinto beans, flour tortilla, and pumpkin pie with topping

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Couldn’t put down this Mora County-based book

    Well, I never dreamed I’d be reviewing a just-published book about Mora County and the somewhat historic events that happened here and in Alaska a few decades ago.
    “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A true story of faith and madness on the Alaskan Frontier,” has just been published by Crown Press, and is written by Tom Kizzia, a longtime reporter for the Alaskan Newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News.

  • Union wants buildings tested

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A public employees union urged Gov. Susan Martinez’s administration on Wednesday to test state buildings near downtown Santa Fe for possible environmental contamination to determine whether it’s a source of worker health problems.
    Communications Workers of America local president Donald Alire said workers in the Public Education Department and other agencies have complained of respiratory problems and other illnesses for several years.

  • ‘Look, we’re not running a zoo here’

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The bear tracks stood out clearly in the soft dirt by the side of the road, right where they should have been, alongside a scrub oak blooming with acorns.

    “This is their time of milk and honey,” says Rick Winslow, a bear biologist with the state Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s looking pretty good right now.”

    New Mexico’s bears are getting ready to put on some serious weight before they hole up and hibernate through the winter.