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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Mayor forms crime task force

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez is proposing the creation of a task force to identify the root causes of crime and recommend strategies to deal with them.

    The idea came soon after a man allegedly killed another in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

  • West now giving stations equal time

    The electronic board outside West Las Vegas High School has had a message in recent times: If you want to follow Dons sports action, listen to KNMX radio station.

    Indeed, KNMX plays West games. But then again, so does its rival, KFUN.

    So why not include both stations?

    West Superintendent Jim Abreu said he had no idea why the sign only included one station, adding that he hadn’t noticed it. But he said the district should give equal time to both. As such, he had the board changed to include both stations earlier this week.

  • Cowboys hosting holiday hoops

    When you’re done with your first couple of helpings of Thanksgiving leftovers (and perhaps early Christmas shopping), coach Joe Harge and the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team have a holiday treat for you.

    The inaugural NMHU Thanksgiving Classic is bringing hoops to town this weekend.

    Highlands (2-1) plays Jarvis Christian on Friday and Angelo State on Saturday. Tip-off is 7 p.m. both nights at the Wilson Complex.

  • Letter: A tribute to Gov. Bruce King

    I’m sure all of New Mexico can agree that we have lost a great man with the passing of Gov. Bruce King. He was one of the best governors that New Mexico ever had. He was surely a servant of the people. He walked among us, and always left us feeling refreshed and knowing that someone cared. He was a good example for all elected officials to follow. His personality traits were pretty hard to beat. His personality traits were pretty hard to beat. He was a great leader with good talents, but yet so humble.

  • Courthouse renovation completed

    The San Miguel County government is on the move — literally.

    This week, the offices of the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, planning and zoning, and finance have been moving back into the old county courthouse, which had been under renovation. These offices had been at the Mills Plaza the last few months.

    This week’s move may have meant some interruptions in services to citizens, County Manager Les Montoya said.