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Today's News

  • Man sentenced in election fraud case

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico man recently convicted of conspiring to steal money intended for voter education efforts was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.
    U.S. District Judge William Johnson also ordered Joseph Kupfer, of Rio Rancho, to join his co-defendants in paying more than $1 million in restitution to the state and the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Mora County Notebook: Chacon water problems and blessings

    Editor’s note: Ruth Fort’s son, Paul, is president of the Agua Pura Water acquisition board.

    The Agua Pura Water Board has been struggling with water system problems for several weeks. There have been leaks in the lines to the consumers. They would get one place repaired and turn the water on and then another leak would show up. Estevan Sanchez and John Abeyta, certified operators, have worked tirelessly along with the rest of the board members and community people doing what they can to help.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 13, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    2 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Training Institute,     Mora School Board Room
    Saturday
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Institute continues, Mora School Board Room
    9 a.m. — Annual La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative meeting, Mora High School Gym and Wagon Mound Elementary Auditorium
    8 a.m. — Mora cross country, Taos
    5 p.m.— Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Taos, home, junior varsity, varsity

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Wrapping up the summer season

    Is summer really coming to an end? Time does fly when one is having fun, and fun we have had here at the ranch once again. Sharing nature’s bounty and nature’s beauty with our little people sure is fun.
    The little people can’t count hummingbirds buzzing my three feeders any better than I can. But they did take a lots of pictures of them, possibly for show-and-tell at school in the Washington D.C. area.

  • Las Vegas native accepted into music school program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Steven Ray “Cat” Leger is a 16-year-old student at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colo.

    Leger attended the West Las Vegas Rio Gallinas Partnership School prior to his enrollment at Eagle Rock. He has played piano for eight years, four of which were under the direction of Linda King in classical piano. Since being at Eagle Rock, Steven has performed and had major roles in “Urine-town” and “Rent,” Broadway musicals.

  • Noticias - Sept. 13, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering free counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the profession of counseling. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by a training professor of the program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointments, call 454-3564.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 13, 2013

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • SolanoFest IX, Saturday, Sept. 14 at Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County, Dutch Oven Cook-Off from noon to 3 p.m., arts and crafts booths open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dance to the music of Will Bannister and the Mulberry Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, call 575-673-2326.

    MONDAY LUNES

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 13, 2013

    THUMBS UP! TIRES FINALLY REMOVED
    We commend State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and his staff for the job they did in ensuring that a massive tire dump 10 miles southeast of Wagon Mound was cleaned up. The tires were dumped into an arroyo on state trust lands, posing a major environmental hazard. The State Land Office and New Mexico Environment Department went after the entities responsible, forcing them to clean up the mess at their own expense. They also paid a $30,000 fine.

    THUMBS DOWN! REPEAT DRUNK DRIVERS

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 13, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Old Town became children’s playground

    Not yet 10-years old, the writer and childhood friend David Escudero waited anxiously as the workmen called it a day, then set out to explore the immense playground which had appeared almost overnight on the streets and alleyways of Old Town. Mounds of earth, sand and gravel, bar ditches and trenches and manholes, excavations, large and small, and heavy equipment of every size and purpose, became our paradise — to explore until the sun set and we grudgingly heeded the beckoning calls from home.