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Today's News

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 20, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Our family life is frenetic, between working, carpooling, attending meetings, shopping and all the children’s activities. I just don’t think we spend enough quality time with our children in elementary and middle school. I keep reading about how having family time together plays into our children’s success in school and even in later life. How can we find more quality family time? — For Family Time

  • Linder honored for encouraging women to pursue science careers

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University interim provost and vice president for academic affairs earned statewide recognition in New Mexico for her dedication to encouraging women to pursue science careers.

    Carol Linder, who is a reproductive cell biologist and also a biology professor at Highlands, received the 2016 New Mexico Network of Women in Science and Engineering IMPACT award.

  • What Mora third grade students are thankful for

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Unseasonably warm temps create longing for moisture

    I will admit I am one of those news hounds who doesn’t always get the lesser sections of our newspapers. My two papers, the Optic and the Albuquerque Journal come to our ranch mailbox and I sometimes get the Saturday, Sunday and Monday Journal on Monday. I will admit I don’t always get all of the various sections of those papers read.

    However, the Nov. 12 (Saturday) Journal tucked in an article that caught my eye (no surprise there) because I live in the middle of a heavily forested mountain here at Gascon.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Nov. 20, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Liver and onions, mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced cucumbers, wheat roll with margarine, peaches and strawberries with topping

    TUESDAY
    Hamburger stroganoff, egg noodles, broccoli, carrot raisin salad and banana

    WEDNESDAY
    Pork roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, asparagus, bread with margarine and applesauce

    THURSDAY
    Closed for Thanksgiving

  • Building a CHAMPION

    Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez said there’s a lot of credit to go around for her team’s Class 2A state championship — won Nov. 12 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    A sampling of her comments follows.

  • Rangerettes conquer Class 2A volleyball

    Capturing a state volleyball championship was an accomplishment not only for the team but for the community, said Rangerettes team captain Maria Garcia.

    “It feels great to win a state championship,” she said. “It was something really good for our community, our school and my team.”

    “It feels great being able to win my senior year,” agreed Christen Laumbach. “My team and I have been wanting this for as long as I can remember.”

  • Woman mugged on Bridge Street

    An 86-year-old Las Vegas woman was mugged as she was walking through the breezeway off Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon.

    Ursel Albers, a retired Highlands University accounting and business professor, had just picked up her daughter’s dry cleaning from a Bridge Street business and was walking back to her car through the breezeway when a young man on a bicycle tried to grab her purse.

  • Deceased man faced abuse charge

    Less than eight hours before he was found dead in his cell, Bryan Martinez was in District Court for a sentencing hearing.

    That hearing didn’t go well for him.

    Martinez, 29, had entered a guilty plea on Aug. 26 to a single count of child abuse, a third-degree felony. The victim in the case was Martinez’ 3-year-old stepson, who sustained a broken arm in May of 2015.

    Martinez was facing a sentence of anything from probation to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

  • Changing of the Guard - Montoya new fire chief

    The Las Vegas Fire Department underwent a changing of the guard on Tuesday, when the City Council voted unanimously to confirm Billy Montoya as the department’s new chief.

    Montoya, 35,  replaces longtime Fire Chief Phillip Mares who retired after 35 years of service in the department, at least 13 of those years as the department’s leader.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo thanked Mares for his dedicated service to the department. He told the Council that after Mares retired, Sam Lujan was appointed interim chief.