Today's News

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 7, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER LEAK. Once again the city of Las Vegas has been battling a big leak in its water line, this one to the tune of an estimated 110 gallons a minute, or 158,000 gallons a day, when it was at its worst. That’s considerably worse than the last big leak, on the old Medite water line, last September.
    The same contractor that fixed the Medite line leak was brought in to fix the water treatment plant line. Here’s hoping for a long-term fix.

  • Dulcey Amargo - ‘Tis the season

    Thanksgiving is behind us, and we’re sated and, perhaps, overstuffed, but there’s more “stuff” and nonsense in the works.

    Christmas and New Year’s Day are on people’s minds, and so is the word “holidays.”

    And that they are, but there’s a bone of contention for some people when someone says, Happy Holidays.

    Well, they are holidays, and we want to be happy, but whatever happened to our “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Mele Kalikimaka,” as my Hawaiian roommate, Betty Ganiko, taught me over 40 years ago? And we mustn’t forget Happy Hanukkah, either!

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler’s Optic spurred racial divide

    In 1979, a century after Russell A. Kistler founded the Optic, beloved Optic editor Lois Beck wrote of her predecessor: “Kistler had unabashed contempt for all other racial and ethnic groups but his. ‘Mexicans’ were barely tolerated by him, positively not considered ‘Americans’ even after Kearny told them they were. This racial dementia was so much a part of him that he disclosed it unconsciously, as well as deliberately. No, Russell and I didn’t belong in the same century and certainly not in the same town.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 7, 2012

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on low water levels in the Great lakes (Dec. 3) — As New York continues to clean up from a massive storm surge along its seaboard, residents along Lake Ontario are suffering the opposite problem: too little water. While state leaders lobbied Monday for federal funds to rebuild downstate, funds are already in hand for mitigation of low-level conditions like those in the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, they are not fully allocated. That must change.

  • Earthquake, drilling link prompts review

    The Associated Press
    DENVER — A new report says earthquakes in Colorado and elsewhere may have been caused by a drilling procedure to dispose of wastewater.
    In a report announced Wednesday, geophysicists say an increase in earthquakes on the Raton Basin in Colorado, northern New Mexico and elsewhere has been tied to disposal wells where oil and gas drilling wastewater is injected.
    Drilling companies use disposal wells to bury brine water and chemical waste that result from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Pentagon begins planning for massive budget cuts

    By Donna Cassata
    and Lolita C. Baldor
    TheAssociated Press
    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending reductions dubbed the “fiscal cliff.”
    Department spokesman George Little said the cuts would be “devastating to our national defense.”

  • West district recognizes high achievers

    Submitted to the Optic
    Don Cecilio Martinez/North Star and Union Elementary Schools

    Fifth Grade
    A Honor Roll
    John Balizan
    Ricardita Mascarenas
    Brianna Bustamante
    Viana Freitas
    Destiny Montoya
    Samuel Roybal
    Lauren Sanchez
    Deandra Pacheco
    Esperanza Sena
    Samantha Vigil
    B-Honor Roll
    Mark Coca
    Ferdinand Crespin
    Estevan Gonzales
    Ryan Gonzales
    Miguel Martinez
    Marquisa Montoya
    Joshua Ortega
    Mia Packard
    Julius Vaughn
    John Fernandez
    Santianna Medrano
    Mateo Stewart
    Joseph Spaulding
    Bailey Douglas
    Raul Esquibel
    Abimeleck Gibbs
    Jesus Santiago
    Cynthia Maestas

  • 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.