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Today's News

  • Pecos board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With school board elections around the corner, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all school board candidates in San Miguel County. What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Pecos Independent School Board of Education. Election Day is Tuesday.

    Position 4

    Debbie Gilmore
    Age: 53
    Address, phone number, e-mail: 17 Camino Andres Vigil, 575-318-9418, realtordg2000@yahoo.com

  • Lawmakers propose to elect some regents

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Voters could elect some members of the governing boards of New Mexico’s largest universities under a legislative proposal that supporters say will lessen the influence of politics over higher education.

    Two constitutional amendments introduced in the House on Wednesday would overhaul the selection of boards of regents for public colleges and universities. The governor currently appoints regents and they serve staggered terms.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora native serving in Africa

    A young woman who was born and grew up in Mora is now serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Africa.

    Andrea Martinez, 24, has been assigned to the Catholic mission in Dombe. She is working as a librarian and teacher.

    Martinez will be serving there for two years. She had brushed up on her French, thinking that she would be assigned to a French-speaking country.

    But when she was assigned to Mozambique, where the native language is Portuguese, she had to switch gears.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 1, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    Noon to 6 p.m. — Benefit dinner for Kayla Romero, Hatcha’s Express Café, $7 for adults and $5 for children
    10 a.m. — Mora Rangers middle school basketball vs. Santa Rosa, away
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangers vs. Monte del Sol, junior varsity and varsity, home
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. Monte del Sol, varsity, home
    Monday
    1 p.m. — The Crochete Ole class begins, Mora Senior Citizens’ Center
    Tuesday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Sweet Bill isn’t a figment of my imagination

    I’ve discovered a few of my readers think my sweet brother Bill is a figment of my imagination. And some of my friends want to see a picture of Bill. My editor, Mercy, asked me a while ago if I had any photographs to go along with a story. Well, the indoor jobs when it is so cold caused me to dig out an old box of pictures, and there it was! A Kodak moment with sweet brother Bill, no less.

  • Grizzlies dominate the mat

    Only one pin was scored in Wednesday night’s dual meet between host New Mexico Highlands and national power Adams State, and it was Highlands’ Igor Gomzin who did the pinning.

    Gomzin, a junior from St. Petersburg, Russia, stuck Mario Garcia with 1:29 left in the first period. He’d been leading 4-0 when he turned a cross face into a cradle, rolling Garcia onto his back and firing up the Wilson Complex crowd.

    But the Grizzlies got the last laugh, cruising to a 30-12 team victory.

  • Big tourney in town
  • Second half gives Taos win at West

    A second-half slump cost West Las Vegas in Wednesday night’s District 2-3A boys’ basketball contest with visiting Taos. The Tigers won 73-56 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Taos led by as many as 12 in the first half, but the Dons finished the second quarter on a run and cut the gap to one on Pancho Caro’s foul shots with 22 seconds left. The Tigers led 39-35 at intermission.

    West (7-13, 2-1) rebounded poorly in the third quarter and spotted Taos a 12-0 run that left the Tigers up 51-35.

  • Something’s gotta give

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — The San Francisco 49ers never have tasted defeat in a Super Bowl, going 5-0. It’s the most impressive mark for any franchise in the big game.

    Baltimore also is undefeated, with the Ravens winning their only appearance, in 2001.
    Someone will have the Super Bowl blahs for the first time after Sunday’s title game in the Superdome.

  • Rocky ride of Ray Lewis comes to an end Sunday

    By Tim Dahlberg
    AP Sports Columnist

    NEW ORLEANS — A lot of this Super Bowl was going to be about Ray Lewis anyway, even before strange tales of deer-antler spray and magic hologram chips came to light. He made sure of it by starting his retirement tour early, and bringing along the dances and inspirational speeches that TV cameras eat up.