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Today's News

  • NMHU wrestlers tough in Greeley

    Led by wrestlers from the lower weight classes, the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team came away with some hardware won in its second tournament of the year.

    The Old Chicago Northern Colorado Open, hosted Sunday on the University of Northern Colorado campus, featured competitors from many different collegiate levels, including the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Free dinner offered

    El Sombrero Restaurant is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner, as it has done for years.

    The meal will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, 825 Mills Ave. The public is welcome. Takeout orders are available.  

    The restaurant hosts the dinner and receives help from volunteers throughout the community.

    For more information or to order a takeout meal, call 425-3705.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Thanks to you

    I came across a Dale Carnegie quotation a while back that says a lot more to me now than it might have in the past.

    “You can make     more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

    Since my affiliation with the Optic, my world has widened considerably. Yes, I had my “coterie,” made up of family, work, and social acquaintances, students and their families, and of course, my pal, Chien, the dog.

  • Two East employees on leave

    Two employees at Robertson High School have been placed on leave for “inappropriate” activities, the superintendent said Monday.

    Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed information that cheerleading coach Krystle King was placed on leave last week for allegations of “inappropriate behavior” and counselor Amadee Duran on suspicion of “inappropriate contact.”

  • Sipapu opening ‘record-breaking’

    For the seventh consecutive year, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, located northwest of Las Vegas and Mora off N.M. 518, earned the title of first resort to open in New Mexico while having a record-breaking opening weekend.

    More than 700 eager skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes last weekend, which more than doubled last year’s record-breaking attendance for both opening day and opening weekend, according to a news release from the resort.

  • Letter: Congratulations and thanks

    A note to congratulate Tom McDonald, elected as president of the New Mexico Press Association, and David Giuliani for winning two awards on his story reports.

    Our thanks to the Optic staff for the job well done in relating the news to the community. The community needs to hear the good and the bad news. Communication in this world is of vital importance to all of us, and we depend on you for delivery.

    I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for the many times we ask you to promote news from the VFW Ladies Aux Post 1131 in Mora.We are most grateful!

  • Abreu contract talks to begin

    Next month could be a make-or-break one for West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    December is when the school board is expected to negotiate Abreu’s annual contract. Last week, board member Caroline Lopez criticized the district’s administration during a meeting, saying that she believed that most of the points in a scath-ing state report about West were on target.

    The report accused the district of being top- heavy and lacking such things as a long-term capital projects master plan.

  • Mora panel lacks required resolution

    Some Mora County residents say the county hasn’t done a good enough job in notifying residents about public meetings.

    Anita Roybal, a resident who has been fighting the installation of a big propane tank in her Mora neighborhood, says the county didn’t keep her and her neighbors in the loop on meetings about the tank.

  • Letter: Leave prayer out of public arena

    A letter to the editor in the Nov. 16 paper asks, “Suppose I want prayer wherever I go to attend a meeting? How come I can’t have it and yet the atheists and agnostics can say no to prayer because they don’t like it.”

     I am not an atheist or agnostic, but I also object to prayers at public meetings.

     My Irish and Scottish forefathers came to America to escape being forced to worship in the Church of England. Most people in Great Britain were members of that church, but my relatives refused to worship in the same manner as the majority.

  • Work of Art: Joys of eating the turkey neck

    It took years for turkey to become palatable for me, especially in light of memories of witnessing turkey slaughters in Buena Vista, a little settlement near Mora.

    Although my older siblings insist our visits to the home of Uncle Margarito Lucero were brief and sporadic, I still recall clearly an exposure to matters more agrarian than my city-slicker being should know about. And these memories appear to span several summers.