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Today's News

  • Government collecting Verizon records

    By Donna Cassata and Matt Apuzzo
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency’s need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

  • Don Cecilio Elementary high achievers

    Submitted to the Optic

    Don Cecilio Elementary Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll

  • Education topics face Congress

    By Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — From pre-kindergarten to No Child Left Behind, from broadband-wired schools to college loans, students in every age group are suddenly finding the spotlight on Capitol Hill.

    After months of relative neglect, education issues are getting the attention of lawmakers from both parties — as well as President Barack Obama — just as the school year is ending and, for many college students, the cost of education is about to go up.

  • Mora graduates - Mora seniors bid farewell

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora High School seniors held their graduation in late May.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - June 7, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ­— First of Mora County Strategic Planning Sessions, Mora High School Library and Lecture Hall
    Sunday
    2 p.m. — VFW Ladies Auxiliary Meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. — VFW Regular Meeting, VFW Hall
    Tuesday
    6 p.m. — Tee-ball, Pirates vs. A’s, Little League Field, Holman
    6 p.m. — A’s vs. Dodgers, Little League Field #1, Rockies vs. Cardinals Field # 2, Holman
    Thursday

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora native wins prestigious award

    Simon R. Fresquez, of the United States Navy CMI/EXW/SW has been awarded the Marvin G. Shields Award for the calendar year 2012.

    This award is presented to recognize the one Sea- bee that has made extraordinary contributions to the naval construction force and has upheld the highest traditions and legacy of U.S. Navy Seabees over the course of the past year.   

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Slim notebooks and Eddie

    Memorial Day is always memorable for me, here in our big mountains. Friends, neighbors, actually … and I try to “tour the ranch” as such on our ATVs. Tinta Negra, my old dog decided she would guard this house this time. She’s 12 now and thinks it is best to hold down the back step.

    We start off by going past our ranch cemetery, and we all silently wish those aren’t with us well. May they rest in peace, and this includes our many dear dogs and cats.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 7, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! DOWNED POWER LINES
    Fire officials say a downed power line sparked the large Tres Lagunas Fire, which is burning about 10 miles north of Pecos. Windy conditions, low humidity and high temperatures have made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze, which started May 30 and has already consumed more than 9,000 acres. Let’s hope that this fire isn’t a sign of things to come for this area.

    THUMBS UP! CLOSING PART OF THE FOREST

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 7, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Index to Nuestra Historia, Part 1

    Many Optic readers have saved all or most Nuestra Historia articles since the column first appeared Jan. 7, 2011, and by now have accumulated a substantial pile of unruly clippings consisting of 126 separate columns containing more than 100,000 words.

    Scores of you have informed the writer that in attempting to retrieve a particular story, fact or photograph, your search through past columns has become time-consuming and cumbersome.