Today's News

  • N.M.’s First Gentleman to attend literacy fair

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of  Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will host the fourth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is “Reach for the Stars:  Read, Read, Read.”

  • Noticias - Jan. 27, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state - will be prepared for low and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca St. (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.  

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 27, 2012

    • Museum Cafe Series — The Long Road to Statehood, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the City Museum. Rick Hendricks, state historian, will talk about the 62-year effort leading to statehood. Issues involved in the struggle included the Civil War, bigotry, Texas expansionism, and dysfunctional politics. A participatory discussion will follow the presentation.

  • Mora County Notebook: Schools busy with homecoming festivities

    Mora Schools are celebrating their homecoming. The results of the homecoming game and royalty will not be known until after the Friday Optic has gone to press. So we will have to wait for that until next week.

    In the meantime the school is gearing up for a great week looking forward to seeing many of its alumni coming home for the big occasion.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 27, 2012

    Community Calendar

    5:30 p.m.— Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home, junior varsity and varsity
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Mesa Vista, away, junior varsity and varsity
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Mesa Vista, away, junior varsity and varsity
    5 p.m. — Middle School Rangers basketball vs.  Peñasco, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The lovely photos of the past

    Surprise of surprises for me, when I turn to page 52 in New Mexico Magazine and discover a photograph of my parents, the Gellenthiens, in the Feb. 2012 issue. This is yet another very good issue of the magazine in that the photography alone is spectacular.

  • Freshman participates in All-State band

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School’s Luisa Pacheco participated in the  2012 All-State Concert Band week earlier this month  at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • State polls: Rangers, Panthers 5-6

    They’ve been close rivals all season — no surprise here — so it’s appropriate that the Mora and Pecos boys’ basketball teams are ranked closely in this week’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll for Class 2A boys’ hoops.

    The Rangers and head coach James Branch are ranked fifth in the poll, and coach Clyde Sanchez’s Panthers are right behind them at sixth.

  • Comeback kids

    Tuesday was Jose “Majic” Medina’s birthday, and his West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team’s present was a 59-48 comeback victory over Socorro.

    It’s not clear whether someone also gave Medina a bottle of Maalox to go with it.

    Socorro looked like a team intent on playing spoiler early on, rolling to a 14-2 advantage and staying in front almost the entire first half.

    With some of his usual floor leaders having a quiet game, Medina mixed things up by turning to his younger players.

  • NMHU hopes to pack the gym

    With both men’s and women’s teams hovering around the .500 mark, battling for winning records and vying for a place in the postseason, New Mexico Highlands women’s head basketball coach Tiffany Darling is calling out for fan support.

    Darling is inviting area fans to pack the Wilson Complex for this weekend’s homestand with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    Highlands hosts doubleheaders beginning at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.