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Today's News

  • Lady Dons 5th, Lady Cards 7th in girls’ poll

    Robertson’s upset of top-rated Lovington has shaken up the rankings of Class 3A girls’ basketball in New Mexico.

    The Lady Cardinals, playing smart defense and drawing several significant offensive fouls late in the game, pulled out a 33-31 victory over the Wildcat girls in Lovington.

  • Nuestra Historia - We settled San Miguel Del Bado

    In their petition seeking to secure the San Miguel del Bado Land Grant in 1794, the 52 colonists stated as their primary reason that there was not sufficient water in Santa Fe to sustain the growing population and livestock there. (It appears that drought and an adequate water supply were problems even then). The petitioners also stated that many of them owned small parcels of land in Santa Fe, but it was not sufficient to support their large families.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    BUDGET CUTS. The state Legislative Finance Committee has recommended, as a way to help offset a looming budget deficit, that state employees contribute more to their pension plan while the state reduces it payout by $50 million. It would result in a cut in take-home pay for state workers — and less in disposable income that they could be spending in our local economy. And Gov. Susana Martinez likes the idea.

  • To the Points: Cheers for WikiLeaks

    Thomas Jefferson once proffered that if he had to choose between an elected congress and a free media to ensure the preservation of democracy, he would roll the presses, every time. The present ballyhoo created by WikiLeaks supports Tom’s thinking and reminds us, once again, just how hard our government works to ensure that we, the citizens, don’t really know what’s happening to our national treasure and our aspirations to become an altruistic, even-handed, fair-thinking member of the global community.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Queen Mary and Aunt Elvira

    These cold and windy days of winter cause me to stay inside and, horror of horrors, clean out some old files and stacks, boxes of papers I have kept, seemingly forever.

    Just a year after our devastating house fire at Valmora, I was lucky enough (because of my parents’ diligent, almost extreme savings program) to do the great tour of Europe the summer of 1953. Because we lost everything in that fire, I decided that I’d keep all sorts of things to rebuild my life. In that collection is a scrapbook I started when I returned from that wonderful trip.

  • Mora County Notebook: Commission Holds Special Meeting

    The Mora County Commissioners, Paula Garcia, John Olivas and Laudente Quintana held a special community meeting at the Senior  Citizen Center last week. The purpose of the meeting was to elect officers and give the citizens of Mora an opportunity to voice their concerns and wishes for the commissioners to consider as they start the new year.   

  • Que Pasa-Jan. 14, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Paul Graves, a powerful speaker,  pastor and global executive, will speak at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, in Kluge Auditorium at United World College in Montezuma on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Ex-Mora sheriff arrested

    Last year’s Mora County sheriff was arrested along with another man following an alleged fight Friday.

    Ex-Sheriff Roy Cordova, 39, of Rainsville and John Gonzales, 34, of Guadalupita were involved in a altercation alongside Highway 434 in Guadalupita, according to a probable cause statement filed by state police officer Frank Chavez. Both men were charged with aggravated battery, resisting, evading or obstructing arrest and public affray after the new Mora County sheriff, Thomas Garza, attempted to break up the fight, Chavez reported.

  • ‘All We Can’

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    Special to the Optic

    Countless incidents of animal cruelty, neglect and abuse take place in this country every year.

    At least 3 million are euthanized because there are no homes for them. That doesn’t take into consideration the numbers that die from neglect or abuse.

    The current economy is also contributing to the problem. When some homeowners move away because of a change in their own circumstances, they abandon their pets to whatever fate may befall them.

  • Report: Armed man hijacks vehicle, flees

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Las Vegas man who allegedly forced another man out of a car at gunpoint then made the victim’s girlfriend drive toward Montezuma before taking control of and wrecking the car himself.

    Bernardino Baca, 31, of 1409 Seventh St., has been charged with nine felony counts, including assault, battery, kidnapping, possession of firearm and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.