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Today's News

  • McHugh, 88-year-old priest, still serving

    At the age of 88, the Rev. John McHugh continues to serve as a priest at St.Gertrude’s Church in Mora and the outlying mission churches. He served as a priest at different places for a combined 58 years.

    Born in Tulsa, Okla., on Aug. 9, 1923, McHugh moved to Oklahoma City with his family when he was 5. He had one sister, Mary Lee. They attended school at Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. He attended St.Gregory’s High School in Shawnee, Okla., and then spent a year studying at Oklahoma University.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Sept. 23, 2011

    Community Calendar
    Friday
    7 p.m. — Mora Ranger football at Capitan, varsity
    Saturday
    9 a.m. — Mora cross country at Robertson. jv and v
    10 a.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Santa Rosa, 7th and 8th
    10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. — First Fort and Arsenal Tours at Fort Union National Monument
    Sunday
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Pancake/egg breakfast at VFW Hall to benefit building fund, $6

  • The bear that isn’t soft and cuddly

    Well, what can I say? Bear with me, because this is a story almost out of ranch-style science fiction, or something like that. This is yet another vent that “just what do you do on a ranch” list — I sometimes keep.

  • Cardinal pride
  • NMHU student awarded scholarship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Faith Toledo was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in memory of the late Bryan “Dutch” Cokeley, a media arts student who died in 2008.

    Toledo, a 24-year-old from Gallup, N.M., is a member of the Navajo Nation. She is a second-year media arts student, and a senior at Highlands.

  • Education News in Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Board president charged in case

    TRENTON, N.J. — The president of Elizabeth’s Board of Education and two others were charged Monday with falsifying information so their children could get free lunches.

    The state Attorney General’s Office said Marie Munn and two others with connections to the district signed their children up for a subsidized lunch program even though they did not meet income guidelines.

    Authorities said the theft cost taxpayers $7,000 over five years.

  • Bear-y busy days of summer

  • Bear safety tips

    Special to the Optic
    RURAL LIVING
    • Garbage – Store it in closed, sturdy cans kept inside a sturdy metal shed or garage. Do not put out garbage the night before a scheduled pickup. Periodically, clean cans with hot water and bleach.
    • Pet food – Feed pets indoors. Store food in sturdy metal cans inside a secure shed or garage. Make sure your garage door is closed at night.

  • Pasta dinner fit for busy chilly evenings

    By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Fall inspires me to get back into the kitchen. Now if only it somehow also created lots of extra time for me to do that.
    This ridiculously easy pasta topped with roasted tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and sausage is a great example. Dump everything on a rimmed baking sheet, toss it in the oven, then go outside and play in the leaves. A little while later, boil up some pasta, spoon the “sauce” over it, top with grated Parmesan and you're done.

    AUTUMN ROASTED TOMATO AND SAUSAGE PASTA

  • Woman spices things up with salsa brand

    By Candelora Versace
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE  — There are plenty of people in Santa Fe — not to mention greater Northern New Mexico, the entire state and probably the vast American Southwest — who make their own salsa. A significant percentage, too, have most likely fantasized about packaging and selling that salsa. One Santa Fe resident, however, will tell you it’s not a project to be taken lightly.