Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook: Coach James Branch comes full circle

    James Branch, the new basketball coach at Mora High School, has gone full circle. He now leads the team that he once played for during his days as a student at Mora High School in the 1970s. During his high school days, Branch was a star basketball player for the Rangers, coached by Arthur Romero and Douglas Velarde. He was fast and his athletic ability helped earn the Rangers a trip to the state tournament. Branch was given honorable mention in All State basketball in 1977 — the year he graduated from Mora High School.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Sept. 9, 2011

    Community Calendar

    7 p.m. - Mora Ranger football vs. Magdalena, home NMHU

    9 a.m. - Mora cross country at Taos, junior varsity and varsity teams

    2:30 p.m. - VFW Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. - VFW regular meeting, VFW Hall

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The surprise concoction

    My life is full of surprises, and just this week I had yet another one. Daughter Sherry asked me for my recipe for that seven- layer casserole I used to make when our guest ranch was in full swing here.

    Oh, yes, our kids had to eat it often and there was a bit of grumbling (perhaps sharing their plate with the dog) so I never expected to hear any of them actually wanting the recipe.

  • Taste the town at the annual Sabor

    Submitted to the Optic

    Hammered elongated rings connect with polished squares of earth’s time-forged beauty in Sandi Boyer’s Labradorite, astrophylite, fine and sterling silver wire-wrapped necklace or wrap bracelet.

    Originally from Pennsylvania, Boyer now relishes the natural beauty and diversity in New Mexico, where she finds inspiration in the rich variety of semi-precious stones that she arranges in original designs.

  • Child abuse case moves forward

    State police investigators are continuing to build their case against a Cleveland, N.M., man accused of holding down his then-4-year-old stepson in scalding hot water nearly two years ago.

    The child, who is now 5, sustained burns to 35 percent of his body.
    Troy Gonzales, who is 30 or 31, is facing a single count of intentional abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm, according to online court records. He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to begin on Dec. 6.

  • Bean Day Celebration
  • State facing textbook shortage

    By Elaine D. Briseño
    Albuquerque Journal

    Homework usually means sitting down and cracking open a textbook.
    But in some classrooms across the state, students are more likely to be cracking open a laptop or pulling out a work sheet.

    State funding for textbooks has taken a dive in recent years. Textbooks are purchased from the instructional materials budget, which is separate from the operational budget, and funding is based on the 40th-day enrollment figures from the previous year.

  • Oil and gas drilling takes center stage in Mora County

    MORA — More than five dozen people gathered at Tapetes De Lana in Mora last week to view the film “Gasland,” a documentary directed by Josh Fox and presented by the Mora Democracy School Committee.

    The turnout shows the attention that oil and gas drilling is getting in Mora County these days.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 7, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 7, 2011

    Sustainable Las Vegas meeting is Thursday

    Sustainable Las Vegas  — the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association — will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at NMHU Donnelly Library, room 325. Bob Wessley will speak on the topic, “Water — How Can We Dodge Murphy's Law?”