Today's News

  • State tourney: Mora sluggers rally past Magdalena

    After lightning delayed the action, the Magdalena Steers delivered more electricity to the Class 1A-2A state baseball tournament on Wednesday night in Rio Rancho.
    Then Mora brought even more.
    Magdalena scored four runs in the first and five more in the second off 11 hits against ace Kenny Martinez to grab control of its quarterfinal with Mora.
    But the Rangers proved resilient, overcoming a 12-2 deficit with 11 unanswered runs for a 13-12 instant classic that didn’t end until after 11 p.m.

  • Wilson in as Air Force boss

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary, making her President Donald Trump’s first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber after fits and starts for several others.

  • On to law school – Public-interest law draws NMHU’s Isaac Lopez

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Isaac Lopez wants to use his future law degree to help those who struggle.

    “I plan to practice public interest law, which addresses a broad class of concerns that affect people’s everyday lives and have societal impacts,” Lopez said. “This type of law ranges from helping immigrants from being unlawfully deported to helping overturn wrongful convictions for innocent individuals to developing and advocating for higher education policy.”

  • Women plead guilty to drug charges

    Two Las Vegas-area women recently pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in separate investigations, the district attorney’s office announced.

    The women are Samantha Quintana, 19, and Christina Urioste, 31.

    “We believe that given the quantity and variety of drugs that both Ms. Quintana and Ms. Urioste possessed, these cases warranted and warrant prison exposure,” said Richard Flores, Fourth Judicial District Attorney.

  • MVCHS to quit running senior centers

    The Mora Valley Community Health Services has announced it will no longer oversee administration of the Mora and Wagon Mound Senior Centers as of July 1.

    The organization stated in a news release issued late this past week that funding shortages are to blame for the decision.

    Specifically, recent reductions in grant funding and state budget reductions have impacted the organization, the release stated.

  • UN climate talks begin

    The Associated Press

    BONN, Germany — Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, envoys convened talks Monday in Germany on implementing the details of the deal to combat global warming.

    During ten days of talks in the western city of Bonn, officials will try to agree on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions, a treaty that former U.S. President Barack Obama’s government played a leading role in forging.

  • In Brief - News - May 10, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Jury picked in deputy’s trial
    LAS CRUCES — A jury was selected Monday in the retrial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy that authorities have said stemmed from an alcohol-fueled argument.

    Of the nearly 100 potential jurors summoned to state district court in Las Cruces, 15 were chosen including three alternates in a process that took nearly eight hours.

  • Students of the month - May 10, 2017
  • Weather - May 10, 2017


    HIGH 59° / LOW 39°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
    6 a.m. to 7:55 p.m.


  • Concert to benefit Kilgen pipe organ restoration

    Submitted to the Optic

    Our Lady of Sorrows Church will be the site of a special concert scheduled at 6 p.m. on Friday, as present-day musicians strive to help preserve one of the community’s historic musical treasurers. The fundraiser (for restoration of the 1885 Kilgen pipe organ at Our Lady of Sorrows Church) will draw on the talents of University of New Mexico Chamber Singers and Orchestra for a special performance with James Yeager serving as organist, and Kristin Ditlow directing.