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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 16, 2012

    Friday
    Volleyball
    • Mora in Class 2A state tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho
    • West Las Vegas in Class 3A state tournament, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Iowa Wesleyan, 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    Cross country
    • NMHU’s Ismael Samano in NCAA Division II national championships, 9 a.m., Joplin, Mo.
    Football
    • Class 3A state playoffs: Robertson vs. Portales, 2 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    Volleyball

  • Mora County Notebook - Sullivan chosen as interim superintendent

    The Mora Independent School Board has hired Tom Sullivan as part-time interim superintendent.

    This is Sullivan’s third stint as interim superintendent for New Mexico schools. Since his retirement he has served in different capacities. In November 2011 he was hired as interim superintendent for the Roy School System. He served in the Santa Fe Schools until June, and now he is serving in the Mora Independent Schools.  

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Nov. 16, 2012

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    Rangerette Volleyball Team at State Tournament, Albuquerque
    Saturday
    Volleyball State Tournament continues, Albuquerque
    Sunday
    10 a.m. — 156th anniversary St. Gertrude’s Parish Annual Funcion Holy Mass, Processional to Mora School Gym, potluck and activities
    Tuesday
    Distribution of Thanksgiving baskets, Mora Sheriff  Department
    Wednesday
    6:30 p.m. — Mora 4-H meeting, Helping Hands

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The joy of sharing holiday stories

    That big calendar on the wall notes it is almost time to cook that Thanksgiving dinner. How time flies when one is having fun! I bumped into an old friend just the other day, and our talk turned to the holidays, the foods and traditions we all grew up with.

  • Quilting students donate to CASA

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College quilting and sewing students will be donating pillows, pillow cases and stuffed animals to children who are with the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Las Vegas.

    “This is the second year we do this,” said LCC Quilting and Sewing Instructor Lin Chibante. “Last year we gave 18 pillow sets to CASA; our goal is to give them 80 to 100 this year.”

    Chibante said that the reason for the dramatic increase is to ensure that every child receives a pillow set and a stuffed animal.

  • LCC’s Ridgeway shines at conference

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Rachel Ridgeway is already making a name for herself in the field of science. One day, Ridgeway may become a household name.

    Ridgeway, a 2011 Robertson High graduate, is a physical science major at Luna Community College. Recently, Ridgeway won third place for her poster presentation, entitled “Surfactant Free Emulsion” at the 2012 Annual New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Research Conference at New Mexico State University.

  • New CSU chief requests pay cut

    From The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — The California State University board of trustees on Wednesday approved a $380,000 salary for the system’s incoming chancellor that included a 10 percent pay cut at his request.

    The board had been set to approve the administration’s recommended salary of $421,500 for Timothy P. White, the current president of Cal State-Riverside who is slated to replace retiring Chancellor Charles Reed on Dec. 31. The amount was the same that Reed currently earns.

  • Bealls among stores open Thanksgiving night

    Wal-Mart isn’t the only store inviting shoppers to start their Black Friday shopping early.

    Bealls Department Store will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, giving shoppers an early opportunity to take advantage of deals and giveaways typically reserved for Black Friday, according to a news release from the store’s parent company.

    Bealls will re-open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday with additional door busters and giveaways.

  • Holiday shopping season starting early

    By Anne D’Innocenzio
    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.

    The world’s largest retailer is throwing its doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. It’s also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

  • Survey: Families at odds over financial planning

    By Mark Jewell
    AP Personal Finance Writer

    BOSTON — Thanksgiving could be an opportune time to talk turkey about family finances, rather than merely eat the bird and prepare for the next big holiday. A detailed discussion could prove to be worthwhile, given the strong likelihood that older parents and their adult children have conflicting expectations about issues such as elder care, retirement security and inheritance.