Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook - Agency completes 22nd year of service

    On Nov. 27, Esperanza Home Health Care and Hospice in Buena Vista completed their 22nd year in serving the area. At present, they are serving Mora, San Miguel, Colfax, and Harding counties. The staff covers more than 100 miles in their duties.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 7, 2012


    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. West Las Vegas, away, junior varsity and varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes basketball at Lady Lions Classic, Santa Rosa, varsity
    6 p.m. — The Christmas Story program, Mora Valley Baptist Church, Cleveland
    Lady Lions Classic Basketball continues, Santa Rosa
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Chamber of Commerce, Winter Fest, crafts, food, entertainment, Santa Claus, door prizes, Mora Elementary Gym
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, Los Alamos
    1 to 4 p.m. — Bingo, Helping Hands Inc.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Memories of the drought and dust storms

    At a recent get- together, my friends and I seem to visit once again about the memories stirred up in our “older” brains about those horrific dust bowl days chronicled masterfully by Ken Burns on PBS. I popped into this world in 1934 so I was too small to actually remember those horror stories, but I do remember my parents often talking about that drought and the dust storms.

  • Campbell, Kanneh All-Americans

    A prolific, high-scoring offense garnered plenty of headlines this past fall for the New Mexico Highlands football team, but it was a pair of defensive players whose performance earned All-American honors from the Beyond Sports Network.
    Middle linebacker Jordan Campbell and cornerback Abdul Kanneh were both selected to Beyond Sports’ All-America first team for NCAA Division II football.

  • Young standouts lead Lady Panthers

    The Pecos Lady Panthers have it.
    Pecos got a sizable contribution from several younger players Tuesday in a successful season debut, a 35-28 win against Bosque.
    Sophomore Ida Valencia fell just two thefts short of a triple-double, tallying a team-high 15 points plus 10 rebounds and eight steals to lead the Lady Panthers.
    Fellow sophomore KeeAnna Trujillo had seven points, six boards and four assists, and eighth-grader Brooke Gallegos chipped in five points and four rebounds.
    It was Bosque’s fourth game of the season but Pecos’ first.

  • Lady Dons throttle Santa Rosa by 46

    Eleven West Las Vegas players scored at least two points apiece and the entire Lady Dons roster got into the action Tuesday night in a 78-32 rout of visiting Santa Rosa.
    The Lady Dons elevated their record to 3-0 with a weekend trip to Ruidoso on tap.
    WLV head coach Jose “Majic” Medina elected to press the Lady Lions early and often, resulting in repeated turnovers and fast break chances.
    Santa Rosa (1-1) was unable to establish any offensive rhythm until later in the second half, when Medina rested his starters.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 7, 2012

    • NMHU women and men at Western State, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Gunnison, Colo.
    • Mora girls (A,B), Pecos at Lady Lion Classic, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Clayton tournament, TBA, Clayton
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • New Mexico State Silver Gloves tournament, 6 p.m., Crespin’s Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Air Force Holiday Open, 8 a.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.
    • Pecos tournament (includes Pecos, Mora Middle School), TBA, Pecos
    • Robertson at Rio Rancho tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho

  • No. 18 Lobos roll past USC

    Optic staff and wire reports
    ALBUQUERQUE — Hugh Greenwood hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to help the No. 18 University of New Mexico men’s basketball team recover from an early double-digit deficit to beat Southern Cal 75-67 on Wednesday night.
    Alex Kirk added a double-double for the Lobos (9-0) with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Kendall Williams had 13 points and a season-high nine assists.
    Five Trojans scored in double figures, led by 14 from Eric Wise, but USC (3-5) still lost its fourth straight.

  • Lopez honored by RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Alyssa Lopez has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-Baden Player of the Week after a strong performance over the past weekend’s games, both wins.
    Lopez led her team to a weekend sweep in the Cowgirls’ first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games of the season. NMHU beat the Cougars of Colorado Christian University 87-83 and the Orediggers of the Colorado School of Mines 84-82.
    The Cowgirls are currently riding a two-game win streak under head coach Tiffany Darling.

  • Kobe Bryant joins 30K Club

    The Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS — Before Kobe Bryant had even turned in his latest dominant performance, NBA Commissioner David Stern sought him out to offer a congratulatory hand shake for the extraordinary scoring milestone the Lakers star was about to surpass.
    Stern assumed Bryant would score the 13 points he needed to become only the fifth player in NBA history to reach 30,000, and who wouldn’t?
    Bryant had 17 points by halftime, finished with 29, and Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night.