Today's News

  • Weather - Sept. 26, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51.

  • Plaza Park sculpture damaged

    The sculpture of Our Lady of Sorrows that has become a fixture at Plaza Park was damaged when a man lit a fire near it on Sunday night.

    Las Vegas police caught the man in the act at about 10:45 p.m., and the statue sustained only minor damage.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said the suspect, a 21-year old, appeared to be mentally ill and has not yet been charged in the case. Moñtano said the man was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance and later admitted to the Behavioral Health Institute for an evaluation.

  • Report faults NM on mental health

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico has done a poor job of providing mental-health and substance-abuse services for needy New Mexicans despite repeatedly overhauling government programs during the past two decades, according to a legislative report released Wednesday.

    The state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on behavioral health services, but it continues to have among the nation’s highest rates of suicide as well as deaths from alcohol and drug overdoses, the Legislative Finance Committee report said.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Jail Log - Sept. 26, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 13 and Sept. 24:
    Joshua Montoya, 20, failure to appear, failure to pay fines and fees, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Cindy Hurtado, 39, aggravated stalking, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Michael Armijo, 59, three-day commitment
    Gerald Baca, 43, six-day commitment
    Frankie Romero, 23, criminal damage to property
    Lisa Sena, 43, seven-day commitment
    Devin Fadely, 19, battery on household member

  • Refuge concert time

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Tenth Annual Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge takes place this Sunday.

    This free event will be held on Sunday afternoon. Bring the kids, the old folks and your lawn chair; join the Friends and staff of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge for a Tenth Annual Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day.

    Kids Fun in Nature activities start at noon at the refuge visitor center on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas.

  • Howell art reception
  • Que Pasa - Sept. 26, 2014


  • Great night at CASSM

    Mora Elementary was booming on Wednesday night with anxious learners for the CASSM program spearheaded by parent volunteer Monica Aragon.

    On Wednesday evening, New Mexico Highlands University professors Gil Gallegos and Edward Martinez shared their expertise with the large group of enthusiastic kids who attended the monthly event.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 26, 2014


    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers Market, Southwest Capital Bank parking lot

    1 p.m. — Mora volleyball vs. Mesa Vista, junior varsity and varsity, home
    TBA — Mora cross country at Robertson

    5 p.m. — Mora volleyball vs. Santa Rosa, junior varsity and varsity, away
    4 p.m. — Mora middle school volleyball vs. Santa Rosa, away