Today's News

  • Sweet 17 - MMS girls roll to 17-1 finish

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School Lady Cardinals eighth grade basketball team completed its 2012 season with a 17-1 record that included first-place finishes at the Los Alamos and Pojoaque Middle School Tournaments.

    After an early-season loss, the Lady Cardinals ran off 16 straight victories — including three convincing December defeats of Raton, West Las Vegas and Mora — to complete their season.

  • Cardinal wrestlers shine in Silver

    Of the nine guys Rico  Montoya pinned en route to a 9-0 mark and an Outstanding Wrestler award at this past weekend’s Silver Duals, eight didn’t make it out of the first period.

    Montoya was one of the top individual performers for Robertson in the two-day event, and the Cardinals managed to win five duals as a team.

    Joe Crespin (220 lbs.), who like Montoya is a defending state champion, also went 9-0.

  • Mora, Pecos lead NRG hoops fray

    More tournaments are under way and in the near future for area prep basketball teams.

    The Northern Rio Grande tournaments, which opened Wednesday, were to wrap up Saturday evening at Ben Lujan Gym in Jacona.

    Mora and Pecos are playing in the girls’ NRG bracket; Mark Cassidy’s Rangerettes, who opened the season on an unbeaten streak before falling at West Las Vegas this last week, are the No. 1 seed. The Lady Panthers and coach Leroy Barela are seeded No. 6.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 4, 2013

    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • NMHU women and men at Regis, 3 and 5 p.m., Denver
    • Mora, Pecos boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

  • Elected officials take oath of office

    The elected officials of Mora County took the oath of office on Friday Dec.  28 at the Mora Senior Citizens’ Center.

    Probate Judge Edward Aragon presided over the ceremony and swore in the newly elected officials. The senior citizens, family members and county officials were present to witness the officials as they were sworn in. A white Bible was used for the swearing in.

    Those who were sworn in were Joanne Padilla–Salas as County Clerk, Florence Romero as County Treasurer and Alfonzo Griego as County Commissioner.

  • Mora County Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 4, 2013

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

    Monday — Pork posole, salad with dressing, mustard greens, garlic bread and pumpkin spice cookie
    Tuesday — Beef fajita, pinto beans with green chili, salsa, flour tortilla, oatmeal cookie, and peaches
    Wednesday — Baked chicken, wild rice, carrot-raisin salad, biscuit with margarine, and mandarin oranges
    Thursday — Pepperoni pizza, bean salad, pasta salad
    cantaloupe, and oatmeal cookie

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Starting the New Year with good ol’ fruitcake

    Don’t look now, but ... there is a second chapter in the story / column I wrote about fruitcakes. Yes, I know some family members might call me the original fruitcake  because I write about such nonsensical things, but what do they know!

    The day the fruitcake column was published,  my neighbors just down the road near Sapello appeared at my door with a real, packed-in-that-tin fruitcake, made by the monks at Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va., no less.

  • Public projects were lackluster

    2012 was a lackluster year when it came to public works projects in Las Vegas, particularly in the later part of the year, but one city official says he’s expecting that to change in 2013.

    Several major projects were completed in the prior year or were just about done, including the state Department of Transportation’s Grand Avenue project, the state police headquarters on South Commerce and the Meadows facility at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 2, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, Jan. 3 — The Highlands University debaters are attending the Golden Spread Forensic Tournament to be held in Amarillo, Texas, Friday and Saturdays. The debaters are Orlando G. Baca, Daniel A. Sanchez, Paul A. Gutierrez, Richard L. Garcia, Robert W. Hendrey, O. Douglas Drake, Eileen Dixon, Paula Y. Madrid, Juanita R. Huie, Dorothy A. Simpson, Lee Gordon Meyer and Theodore A. Wolff.  Their sponsor is Walter F. Brunet.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 2, 2013

    Habitat work days

    Habitat for Humanity and Knutson Construction Co. will be holding work days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, at 302 Union St. No experience is necessary — just a willingness to contribute with your hands. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves. For more information, call 454-4434.