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Today's News

  • Go Fish - June 15, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
     
    CATCHES OF THE WEEK:
    Clayton Lake: June 6, Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 6.5-pound walleye and on June 9 caught a 9-pound walleye. He was using a spinner.

  • Tony Serna Students of the Month
  • In Brief - Education - June 15, 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

    RHS graduate recognized

    Charles Martinez, a 1997 graduate of Robertson High School, has been selected as one of the 2012 100 Extra Ordinary Nurses in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

    The nurses were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and the community.

    Martinez was nominated by Dr. Carolyn Harris for his compassion, clinical expertise and extraordinary care. Recipients of this award are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community.

  • Healthier take on pie

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    As all-American desserts go, it’s hard to beat apple pie, especially for the Fourth of July.

    But celebrating a big holiday shouldn’t have to involve making a big healthy eating sacrifice. So in honor of our nation’s independence, we decided to create an apple dessert that lets us have our pie and our healthy habits, too.

  • Star Anise: What it is and how to use it

    By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Pretty to look at, but what do you do with it?

    That about sums up how most of us feel about star anise. And that's why it's mostly been relegated to the backwaters of spice cabinets in the U.S. What most people don't realize is that star anise actually is a deliciously potent spice that can do amazing things for your cooking, especially for meat.

  • Mora County Notebook - Youth group places at competition

    The Mora Youth Hunter Education Challenge showed a great improvement at the state meet in Raton, N.M., earlier this month.

    Last year, they placed 12th when competing against other groups in the state. Now in the 2012 meet they raised their scores to place eight. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge is an international event that is held every June at the Whittington Center near Raton every June. The event is sponsored by National Rifle Association, 4H, New Mexico Game and Fish Department, and New Mexico Shooting Sports.

  • Mora Community Calendar - June 15, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Tuesday
    Mora Little League baseball at Holman fields
    6 pm. — Field #1: Cardinals vs. Braves
                  Field #2: Dodgers vs. Rockies
    Wednesday
    6:30 p.m. — 4-H meeting, Helping Hands Inc.
    Thursday
    Little League baseball at Holman fields
    6 p.m. — Field #1: Dodgers vs.Cardinals
          Field # 2: Rockies vs. Braves

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Fires, fires oh my!

    The dark storm clouds grow as I write this in mid-June. Will they bring rain, or … will they just bring lightning? 2012 has been a bad year for lightning fires in New Mexico.

  • Feds decline dune lizard protection

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A contentious battle over a rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country took a surprising turn Wednesday with federal officials deciding not to bestow endangered species protections on the small reptile.

  • Texas tip led to huge bust

    The drug bust that yielded 600 pounds of marijuana last week was the result of a Texas Department of Public Safety investigation that spilled over into New Mexico, documents filed Tuesday in San Miguel County Magistrate Court reveal.