Today's News

  • Congressman Lujan visits Mora

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján visited the Mora Valley late last week, and he got an earful from residents on controversial issues like the closing of rural post offices and drilling. The event, which included heated discussions on controversial issues, took place at the David Cargo Library in Mora last Thursday.    

    The main problems that concerned the citizens present were the closing of the rural post offices, drilling in Mora County, health insurance issues, unemployment problems in the rural area and gun control.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Oct. 7, 2011

    Community Calendar

    9 a.m. — NRG cross country at Peñasco, junior varsity and varsity, boys and girls
    10 a.m. — Sangre de Cristo Livestock Growers Association meeting, Mora School Board Room
    1 p.m. — Mora Ranger football at McCurdy, varsity
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, senior night, junior varsity, varsity, 7th and 8th
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Benefit breakfast at VFW Hall

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Climate change as told through photos

    The twists and turns of living in one place for a very long time make for interesting searches and research.

    Daughter Sherry is making photo journals for my granddaughters — we all should do this — and therefore, I needed to dig through those proverbial boxes of very old photographs. What a fun time that always is!
    So many of the family photos were taken by our busy mothers. They decided to record some event for history, thankfully, and the sometimes poorly lit, posed picture records so much more than they probably realized at the time.

  • Everyone has time to bake a quick bread

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    The appeal of quick breads isn’t merely the ease. Though you have to love any baked good that is no more complicated than mixing a bunch of things together, then baking.

    But it also is the adaptability and flexibility of these recipes that have earned them such a coveted place in the home kitchen. They can be flavored with nearly any combination of ingredients, from sweet all the way to savory and spicy.

  • Pies often have a savory side too

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

  • Water fix comes with hard choice

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    Few would argue that the city of Las Vegas’ aged water system isn’t in need of major upgrades, but figuring out how to cover the $100 million-plus price tag becomes a thorny issue, particularly with an election looming.

  • Cousins charged in burglaries

    Two cousins have been charged in connection with the burglary of vehicles on the New Mexico Highlands University campus in August and September.

    Richard P. Alderete, 21, of the 900 block of Commerce Street, is accused of stealing an I-Pod from one vehicle and trumpets from a second vehicle parked on campus. Court documents allege that after stealing those items, he sold them to unsuspecting merchants.

    His cousin Paul Valdez, 18, who lives on Baca Avenue, is accused of going along with one of the burglaries.

  • A Homecoming Tradition
  • Area police busy on DWI cases

    Area law enforcement officers have been busy in recent weeks arresting suspected repeat drunken drivers.

    One man was arrested after he doubled back to his vehicle and got behind the wheel. An officer had given him a ride to a family members home earlier in the night. Another was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign. A third was arrested after he threw a can outside his window. And a fourth allegedly started kicking the officer when she was placed under arrest.

    Leroy R. Salazar

  • Legislature hires redistricting lawyers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A team of private lawyers will defend the Democratic-controlled Legislature in a court fight over redistricting, state legislative leaders decided Monday despite objections from Republicans.

    The Legislative Council voted along party lines to authorize the lawyers.

    They will represent the Legislature in lawsuits over plans for new boundaries of districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and Public Regulation Commission.