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Today's News

  • Gov hops on state ‘copters

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who criticized her Democratic predecessor’s use of government aircraft and called a state jet the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” hopped on a state-owned helicopter to avoid missing an airline flight to attend political fundraisers in Texas.
    The governor’s spokesman, Enrique Knell, said Martinez used the state police helicopter on Nov. 15, 2011, because it allowed her to attend a meeting of the state Board of Finance that ran late into the afternoon.

  • NM labs prepare for shutdown

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government’s partial shutdown, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday.
    The preparations result from a directive of the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Journal reported . The administration is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, and it oversees work at both national labs in New Mexico.

  • Mora County Notebook: The birth of the Cleveland Tin Man

    Those who travel on State Highway 518 north of Mora will view a giant tin man in front of the Cleveland Bar. On closer observation, he shows that he is made only of oil cans of all sizes and shapes.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Oct. 11, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Tuesday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Wednesday
    6:30 p.m. — Mora 4-H meeting, Helping Hands Inc.
    Thursday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Pecos, home, junior varsity and varsity   
    Friday
    2 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Mora Community Leadership Institute, Mora Independent School Board Room
    Saturday
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Continuation of Mora Community Leadership Institute

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Justice center a great resource for area

    When one lives way out in the country like I do, one tends to forget how some of the rest of the world lives. A recent program at our Las Vegas Rotary Club was about the Tri-County Family Justice Center of Northeast New Mexico.

    We all know abuse does happen in families, but unless we are directly involved in abuse events in some way, I think we just sort of ignore it. Turns out this very necessary organization has offices in Las Vegas, Santa Rosa and Mora.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 11, 2013

    THUMBS UP! MUSTARD SEED STARTS OFF SMALL
    The mustard seed, so the biblical account goes, starts small but grows to be the biggest of all garden plants. That’s the same reasoning of the First United Presbyterian Church, whose Mustard Seed program supports many local projects by providing startup funds. Thursday’s well-attended enchilada dinner, sponsored by the church, has for years funneled its funds to worthy projects. In addition to getting a good meal, ticket-buyers helped support important local projects and programs.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 11, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Las Vegas is one: Voters approve merger 4-1

    The above headlines and photographs are from the Optic’s front page the day after voters in East and West Las Vegas approved consolidation by an overwhelming margin. Two years later, the long separated towns would become one combined municipality.

  • Cowgirls go pink - NMHU women’s basketball helps Santa Fe fundraiser

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Highlands University women’s basketball team spent its Saturday morning volunteering at the 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Santa Fe.  

    The Cowgirls, led by head coach Tiffany Darling, have made a habit of giving back to the community by taking part in service projects.  

  • Dons hope for homecoming boost

    It’s been a difficult start for the West Las Vegas football team, but the Dons and head coach Robert Alarcon can take solace in the fact that the more meaningful games have yet to be played.

    The District 2-3A schedule opens Friday, and whatever troubles the squad has had to this point can be all but forgotten with a good effort against visiting Raton.

    The Tigers are West Las Vegas’ guests for homecoming game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Herrera Complex.