Today's News

  • Straight from the City: It all started with the river

    It all started with the river. People came to this place because the Gallinas River provided water, and water is life. When the people of this area dug the first ditch, the first acequia, they called it the Acequia Madre, the mother ditch, and that is fitting, because it was through the nurture of the river and the ditches that this community was born.

    There is a time when our mother takes care of us, and, as life goes on, there is a time when we must take care of our mother.

    For us, as a community, this is that time.

  • Recognized for their work
  • Criticism of middle sports cuts grows

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico education officials on Thursday joined the chorus of people who are criticizing Albuquerque Public Schools for proposing to cut to middle school sports next year.

    Deputy Public Education Secretary Paul Aguilar issued a statement saying parents deserve to know that pay for the district’s top administrators has increased dramatically in just five years and now tops $4 million.

  • Dear Teacher - April 23, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: What are some nontraditional college choices ­— ones that offer something different from four years of academic work on a college campus? Somehow this approach just doesn’t seem right for our son who is very interested in preparing for a career in technology while in school. — Something Different

    Answer: Two programs that will help college students be well prepared to start a career right after college are co-ops and internships.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Column writer uses bachelor’s degree from Highlands every day

    I was surprised to find this ad in an old box of old papers, stashed away in one of our log cabins that is about to be moved. I graduated from High-lands Univer sity in 1954 and I agree with the text of today, 60 years later.

    The New Mexico Stockman is the major publication issues to and for ranchers like us here in Mora County. Highlands attracted rural students from all over the state back then and it still does.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — April 23, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Posole, salad with dressing, mustard greens, garlic bread, and pumpkin spice cookie

    Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, and cottage cheese with pears

    Liver and onions, mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced cucumbers, wheat roll with margarine, and peaches and strawberries with topping

  • Scoring in the classroom

    Continuing a tradition of solid performance in the classroom, New Mexico Highlands baseball and softball players were among those honored with All-Academic selection in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this spring.

    The RMAC, based in Colorado Springs, announced the All-Academic honorees this past week.

    Fourteen from Highlands were honorable mentions for baseball and softball.

    Cowboys on the list:
    • Steven Bishop, a senior from Albuquerque, who posted a 3.68 grade point average in human performance and sport.

  • Lady Cards clinch share of district title

    With a pair of lopsided wins — 17-1 and 16-1 — at Pojoaque Valley on Thursday, the Robertson softball team assured itself of at least a share of the District 2-4A championship.

    Coach Michael Quintana’s squad is 17-6 overall and 9-0 in the district. The team is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A behind only Silver (17-5), according to MaxPreps’ ratings.

  • Go Fish - April 23, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers an≠d anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Mani Loveless of Albuquerque caught her biggest largemouth bass ever April 15. The bass measured 24 inches and was caught on a curly tail grub tipped with a night crawler.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 23, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), 11 a.m., Colorado Springs