Today's News

  • West graduate joins medical staff at Alta Vista

    Submitted to Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has announced its formal relationship with Raymond Ortiz, M.D., internal medicine.

    Ortiz attended West Las Vegas High School and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque.

    Ortiz finished his training with a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas-Wichita Affiliated Hospitals.  

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 25, 2016

    Noon to 4:30 p.m.
    Annual Concert for the Birds at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge featuring Abe Garcia’s group Strings Attached, acoustic rock and roll music from noon to 4:30 p.m. Doors open at noon for free food, games, crafts, silent auction, archery, hayrides and more. Concert at 3 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and the whole family for a rocking good time.

    2 p.m.

  • Wells Fargo scandal

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was initially published on Sept. 19.

    Banks go to great lengths to guard against cybercriminals hacking customers’ accounts. Now customers must worry about getting robbed by their own bank.

    That’s just one takeaway from an investigation that found employees at Wells Fargo opened more than 2 million fake checking, credit, and debit card accounts for customers in order to meet sales targets and earn bonuses.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 25, 2016
  • Straight from the City: Demanding value for taxpayers’ dime

    Considerable taxpayer dollars were awarded by the City in the past to local non-profit groups. Many of the groups had overlapping missions, (e.g., economic development or tourism.) The specific, measurable results which that money was supposed to produce were sometimes soft services rather than hard deliverables, and the outcomes were not always well-documented or even well-defined.  

    That practice cannot continue in our current economic climate.

  • Just a Thought: A recipe for life, being humble and kind

    By Rick Kraft

    Have you ever met someone for the first time and within 30 seconds you can tell you really don’t care for them? How can you assess a person that quickly? We all do it.

    First impressions can be hard to overcome but, without exception, you have had a first impression with every person you have ever interacted with.

    Each of us are so unique that we are the only model of our kind in the entire world. The way we look, the way we move, and the words we use all speak for themselves.

  • Community support needed
  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 25, 2016

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

    Pork asada, buttered new potatoes, hominy, flour tortilla, and strawberry shortcake

    Chicken nuggets with honey mustard or barbecue sauce, baked potato wedges, broccoli with cheese, and fruit cocktail

    Beef stir fry, white rice, stir fry vegetables, wheat dinner roll with margarine, and pear

    Navajo taco, pinto beans, peas and carrots, and orange

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Homemade brew almost caused her to choke

    September weather can be spectacular, and it surely was an absolutely perfect Sunday after last Sept. 11, when our neighboring community, Pendaries, hosted an area sampling of goods and more at the community center there. This was a real show, taste-and-tell event and we, the public, were asked to sample, visit with the various cooks and vote for our favorite foods.

    What could be better than cruising around tables of chiles, salsas and sips of our Mora County wines while visiting with friends and neighbors?

  • Heading out to nationals

    Submitted to the Optic

    Amador Gonzales, Michaela Vigil-Lujan, and Savannah Vigil-Lujan competed in the State Future Farmers of America Career Development Events Landscaping Design Competition and took first place as a team in April.

    Out of the 45 students competing, Gonzales placed first; Michaela Vigil-Lujan, placed fifth; and Savannah Vigil-Lujan placed eighth.  

    The main focus of Landscape Design is to “test the participant’s knowledge and skills necessary to plant and execute a recommended landscape plant for home grounds.”