Today's News

  • Cowgirl softball rides again

    Las Vegas Optic

    Lynette Directo went 6 for 7 with a home run and two RBI in two games Wednesday, helping Highlands sweep Western New Mexico 6-0 and 12-3 at Cowgirl Field.

    Jenelle Klassen earned complete-game pitching wins, stirking out six Mustangs while allowing just two earned runs.

    The Cowgirls (11-12 overall, 6-4 RMAC) have won three straight.

  • Rec league volleyball planned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is now taking team registrations for its spring 2012 co-ed volleyball league.

    Games will be played on Wednesdays beginning April 4 and continuing until May 9.

    A single-elimination tournament will follow.

    League is considered non-competitive fun league class B and C, and rec center staff will referee games.

    Team registrations will be taken through March 30. Team fee is $150.

  • Go Fish - March 9, 2012

    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Charette Lakes: Opened March 1.  Fishing is fair for trout and perch.
    Cimarron River: More water is open from the Palisades to Ute Park but water level is very low.

  • Internship changes LCC student’s view on education

    Luna Community College

    About a year ago, Luna Community College student Joseph Dominguez was at one of those points in his life were he wasn’t sure about his educational future.

    After one semester as an intern with the U.S. Census Bureau in Seattle, Dominguez is more focused than ever. Dominguez, a 2009 Robertson High graduate, served as a supervisory survey statistician during the fall semester in Seattle. It was the first time he was away from home.

  • In Brief - Education - March 7, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Police: Students had weapons
    BELEN — Belen police say four students are facing long-term suspensions and possible expulsion after they were caught with weapons on school grounds.

    School Superintendent Ron Marquez tells the Albuquerque Journal that any type of situation involving weapons and student safety is taken very seriously.

    Belen Police Chief Dan Robb says two unidentified Belen High School students were seen shooting each other with an airsoft pellet gun after school on Feb. 29.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora’s talented workers

    We have many talented workers in Mora who help keep the community going. Most of them are graduates of Mora High School.

    We have plumbers, electricians, contractors, linemen and business men, and those who work behind the scenes doing thankless jobs for our community
    One who aspires to be a contractor, plumber or electrician has to work in that area under a licensed contractor for several years before he can go through a rigorous test to qualify as a licensed contractor in building, plumbing and electrical work. Some go to school to learn a trade.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The letter that reminded me of days gone by

    Just the other day (sort of a weary and worn out saying) I was invited to join Sharon Vander Meer behind the microphones on KFUN radio where she hosts a weekly program, “Writer’s Blog.” Sharon asks some great questions about the author/writer’s history, and that got me to thinking, researching and digging out some old files.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - March 9, 2012

    Community Calendar

  • Tonita vs. Alfonso

    By Martín Salazar, Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Incumbent Alfonso Ortiz Jr. and rival Tonita Gurule-Giron are headed to a runoff after garnering the top two vote counts in Tuesday’s mayoral election but failing to secure the necessary 50 percent plus one vote needed for an outright win.

    The Ward 3 race, meanwhile, will come down to Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey Jr., who found themselves in a similar position.

  • Howell captures Ward 2 seat in landslide

    Vincent Howell, the former owner and operator of the local McDonald’s franchise, captured 67 percent of the vote to walk away from Tuesday’s municipal election with the City Council’s Ward 2 seat.

    Howell won in a landslide, receiving 384 votes compared to 187 votes cast for Diane Ortiz, his lone competitor.