Today's News

  • Rail line faces burdens

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — When launched in 2006, a New Mexico commuter rail line that would one day connect two of the state’s most well-known cities was hailed as a progressive step toward taking people out of cars and putting them on the train.

    But as impressive a feat as it was for a poor state’s huge foray into mass public transit, it comes at a price: The train earned $2.8 million last fiscal year in fares from more than a million riders, but cost $28.4 million to operate.

  • Albuquerque releases contract audit

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque Police Department personnel bypassed purchasing rules and compromised the integrity of the city’s procurement process when buying body cameras from Taser International in 2013, city auditors said.

    The audit’s findings released Tuesday follow and are similar to a scathing New Mexico state auditor’s review last week that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser.

  • In Brief - News - May 8, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Funding to help acequias
    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal officials are pumping more than $9 million into four water quality and conservation projects in New Mexico, including one aimed at revitalizing centuries-old communal canals that deliver water to farmers and ranchers.
    The head of the Natural Resources Conservation Service visited northern New Mexico on Thursday to tour the oldest acequia in the nation and discuss ways the traditional irrigation canals can be used as a hedge against drought.

  • NMHU students help people experience ancient pueblos

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Media arts students at Highlands University used a blend of technology and design to create an interactive exhibit that allows more people to experience Pueblo life circa AD 1300 at the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo.

    First excavated in the 1930s, the remains of the ancient ancestral village known as Kuaua is one of the first points of contact in New Mexico between Native American civilization and the Francisco Vasquez de Coronado expedition from Spain in 1540-1541.

  • Dear Teacher - May 8

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My son in 10th grade is doing well in school except when it comes to writing essays for his English class. He just doesn’t know how to choose a topic or to organize what he wants to say. His teacher certainly hasn’t been helpful. He has had about zero instruction in writing essays.

  • Noticias - May 8, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • New inductees
  • Que Pasa - May 8, 2015

    • A naturalization ceremony will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Fort Union National Monument. The ceremony is open to the public.
    • Unity celebration for the community featuring poetry and music with poetry reading starting 6 p.m. followed by DJ music by “Big Toes” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Buena Vida Physical Therapy and Wellness located at 601 Lincoln Ave.


  • Mora native named Prof. of the Year at HU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University named natural resources management professor and Mora native Edward Martínez as Professor of the Year for 2014–15.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 8, 2015

    8:30 a.m. — Mora Schools’ Dia de la Cultura, Mora Elementary Gym
    TBA— Mora High School at State Track Meet, Albuquerque

    TBA— Mora High School at State Track Meet, Albuquerque

    6 p.m. — Mora Little League, Dodgers vs. Yankees, Field 1, and Cubs vs. Rockies, Field 2
    6 p.m. — Mora Little League T-Ball, Angels vs. Giants, Field 1, and Rockies vs. Padres, Field 2