Today's News

  • ‘Rescue Me’ singer dies

    By Jim Salter
    The Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS — Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with “Rescue Me” in 1965, has died. She was 72.
    Bass died Wednesday night at a St. Louis hospice of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago, her daughter, Neuka Mitchell, said. Bass had also suffered a series of strokes over the past seven years.

  • Spreading Christmas Cheer
  • No deal in sight as deadline nears

    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.

  • Prosecutors collect $8.7M

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico collected $8.7 million during the last fiscal year in cases in which money was owed to the federal government or to victims of crimes.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the smallest amount came from a $10 collection in a 2008 fatal crash on the Navajo Nation, while the largest criminal collection came when former Deputy Insurance Superintendent Joe Ruiz fully paid off $102,000 in restitution from his conviction on wire fraud and other charges.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 28, 2012

    The Associated Press
    No charges for SF teacher

    SANTA FE — The top prosecutor in Santa Fe says she’s decided not to charge a special education teacher who dragged a blind student down a hallway.
    District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said Wednesday that although the video of the incident was “distasteful,” there was no evidence that the teacher harmed or intended to harm the uncooperative child.

  • Mora County Notebook - The Valley celebrates Christmas

    Christmas is sharing time in Mora. Many people showed the reason for the season, sharing their talents, and their material with others.

    Pauline Laumbach’s BPA gave 156 color books to children in grades kindergarten through third. The music department gave a free Christmas concert. The Mora Mountain Mamas sang Christmas carols at the Mora Senior Center.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 28, 2012


    Mora Rangers and Rangerettes basketball at NRG Tournament, Pojoaque
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangers Middle School boys basketball vs. Pecos, away
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangers Middle School boys basketball vs. West Las Vegas, away
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes Basketball vs. Taos, Home-varsity


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

  • Palabras Pintorescas - For the love of books — about our state

    Oh my! I love it when a book finds me, in a somewhat circuitous route, I might add. In other words, Santa has a way of finding us, I’ve learned for the Nth time in my life.
    A big part of the fun of writing this column is delivering my typewritten columns to the Optic staff every week. I was surprised recently when the kids there told me I had a package or an envelope waiting for me. Oh, my again! The package contained a signed copy of “Las Vegas, New Mexico, Volume II” by Joseph Lordi, with a note tucked into the signed copy.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 28, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! SIGNIFICANT SETBACKS. Just as we were thinking the city was making some progress toward a long-term fix for its ongoing water problems, here comes word that (1) it’s going to take a lot more than the millions of dollars already expected to go into the city’s aging reservoirs and that (2) more than a quarter million dollars had to be dumped into repairing a single — but massive — water leak by the treatment plant north of town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 28, 2012