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  • Looking ahead - News - July 24, 2015

    Mora Fiestas this Weekend

    The Mora Fiestas and rodeos will take place from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26 in Mora. The fiestas include live music, dancing, rodeos and plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information, call 575-387-0237. See page 7 for schedule of events.

  • Weather - July 24, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

  • Correction - July 24

    A photograph on Page 1 of Monday’s Optic misidentified one of the boys that was featured. The last child to the right in the orange turtle mask was Antonio Gonzales. We are re-running the photo with the correct cutline on Page A6 of today’s edition.

  • Jail Log - July 24, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 8 and July 14:

    Claresse Romero, 33, drving on suspended revoked license, speeding.
    Carlos Yara, 24, larceny over $500 but no more than $2,500
    Jade Wilson, 32, probation violation: positive UA (heroin and crack cocaine)
    Fernando Romero, 31, battery on household member, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    John Gutierrez, 53, 6 day commitment
    Josh Madrid, 24, 6 day commitment

  • Kerry calls talk of better Iran deal a ‘fantasy’

    By David Espo and Deb Riechmann
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Countering Republican criticism, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday it is “fantasy plain and simple” to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions long in place.

    “So what’s your plan? ... Totally go to war?” he challenged lawmakers who want to torpedo the deal.

  • In Brief - News - July 24, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Progress made in cleanup

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — State and federal officials are becoming increasingly confident they’ll be able to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque before it reaches drinking water wells.

    First detected in 1999, the leak at a fueling station at Kirtland Air Force Base was believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled have ranged from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

  • Plenty of fun on tap - Fiestas take place this weekend

    Mora will be a busy place this weekend as the annual Fiestas de Santiago y Santa Ana will be taking place. Hundreds are expected to partake in this year’s fiestas.

    This year’s event includes a parade along NM 518 on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Helping Hands. It will be followed by plenty of entertainment behind the buildings housing the county offices Plenty of vendors are expected at this year’s fiestas. They will be selling food, toys and other items. Public restrooms will be available near the entertainment behind the county offices.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - July 24, 2015


    4:30 p.m. —  Mora Fiestas mass and procession honoring Santiago and Santa Ana at St. Gertrudes Church with procession to follow on Hwy. 518 towards the Mora Post Office.
    3 to 6 p.m. —  Mora Valley Farmers Market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Southwest Capital Bank in Mora. For more information about the market, call Betsy at 505-220-1845.

    8:30 a.m. —  Free breakfast, across from Pacheco Oil

  • Palabras Pintorescas: A fort built in the middle of tall hay crops

    The storms of summer and the warm weather brings on incredible plant growth, as in both weeds and hay crops. Our hay meadow just across from our front gate has timothy hay that is higher than the fence and the gate as I write this. The seed pods on all of the grasses, and weeds are huge as well. That translates into good winter feed for many animals, and reseeding where it has almost become barren in some places here in our mountains.