Today's News

  • Mora shooters place in state competition

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, participants in the Mora 4-H Shooting Sports program participated in the state’s 2016 4-H Shooting Sports contest at the Whittington NRA Center in Raton. The objectives were to assist the 4-H members to learn and practice the rules of rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzle loading, compound and traditional archery, safety, sportsmanship and accuracy with firearms.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Sacks of sugar fail to quench thirst of many hummingbirds

    If it is August, some annual events are totally predictable. Dozens, and I do mean dozens, of hummingbirds have found my five feeders on my desk. A five-pound sack of sugar only lasts a day and at least a dozen more hummers jam each feeder. An occasional wasp also stops by for a treat, but I quickly swat him away. I’m sure we also have nests hidden in our lilac bushes, but I have not seen one. Oh, what tough little birds these cute things are!

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 14, 2016

    Senior Lunch Menu

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Meatballs, wild rice, carrots and peppers, bread stick, and fruit yogurt
    Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, and cottage cheese with pears
    Baked chicken, corn, asparagus, wheat roll with margarine, and pumpkin spice cookie
    Pork roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, asparagus, bread and margarine, and applesauce

  • And so it begins
  • Phelps does it again

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Sports Writer

    RIO DE JANEIRO  — Michael Phelps and Simone Biles powered their way to more gold medals with rousing routs at the Rio Games on Thursday.

    Sauntering to the sounds of Latin music befitting the beaches and boulevards of Rio de Janeiro, Biles soared to the women’s all-around gymnastics title.

  • Topes sweep four from 51s

    Simon says “No.”

    Simon Castro, the Albuquerque Isotopes relief pitcher, came up with three huge outs to retire the side in order in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night, preserving the Topes’ 8-7 win over Las Vegas.

    Since the All-Star break, Castro has allowed just one earned run for an earned-run average of 0.82, according to the Isotopes media relations crew.

    The win completed a four-game sweep of the visiting 51s and elevated Albuquerque’s record to 53-64.

  • Fulgenzis take tennis skills on the road

    Fulgenzi family members of three distinct age groups all competed in a national tennis tournament this past weekend in El Paso.

    And it’s just the start of a busy stretch that will see them travel to tourneys in Philadelphia and then to Europe in the weeks ahead.

    Warren Fulgenzi Sr., the head coach at Robertson and a former professional player, took sons Warren Jr. and Nico to El Paso. Warren Jr. recently graduated from RHS after adding another state singles title to his mantle. Nico is just 12 but already has ample experience in competitive tennis.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 14, 2016

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 1:35 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • NMHU women vs. Trinidad State (scrimmage), 2 p.m., Perkins Stadium

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:35 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • City league games TBA

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City
    • City league games TBA

  • Dam funding may be at risk

    The city of Las Vegas expended a great deal of its political capital in 2014 to secure a $10 million appropriation for the enlargement of Bradner Dam, but much of that funding could be in jeopardy, a city councilor warned Wednesday.

    City Councilor Barbara Casey, a former lawmaker herself, said she has spoken to legislators and legislative staff about the appropriation. She said she’s hearing that discussions are under way about the funding, and the risk that appropriations could get clawed back for water projects that aren’t moving forward is very real.

  • Family Day, Expo slated

    The summer break is coming to and end, but it won’t be without another fun-filled weekend. Festivities this weekend include the Heritage Week Family Day and the second annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Expo.

    The local Elks lodge, along with Fort Union National Monument, will co-host the Family Day, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park.

    This free event will feature  fun and games, including a free raffle for children, free popcorn and snow cones, food, carnival games, free books and archery.