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  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2014

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 45. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Saturday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 50. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.
     

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:05 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.

  • Dunn preps for land position

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The results of the recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner, one of the most powerful positions in state government, confirm Republican Aubrey Dunn has ousted Democrat incumbent Ray Powell.

    The secretary of state’s office said the counting wrapped up late Tuesday. The results show Dunn with a margin of 656 votes over Powell out of nearly 500,000 ballots cast in the race. The original difference had Dunn in the lead by 704 votes.

  • License repeal effort begins

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

    Rep. Paul Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, R-Hatch, made a proposal Tuesday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House and Gov. Susana Martinez is set to start a second term following her landslide re-election victory.

  • Christmas time
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 19, 2014

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • 115th Christmas Bird Count, meet at Charlie’s Bakery and Cafe at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. For more information, contact Chris and Cassidy Ruge at chrisruge1971@gmail.com or 429-7744.

    SUNDAY
    DOMINGO

  • Noticias - Dec. 19, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Mora County Notebook - A bit of the valley in the Duke City

    A little bit of Mora and San Miguel counties is in the metro area of Albuquerque this holiday season. For numerous years,

    Ted Roybal and his family have been selling freshly cut white fir and piñon trees from the Mora and Pecos mountains to residents of the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area.

    “I have been doing it for years,” Roybal, a resident of Rainsville, said in a telephone interview Thursday. “I was born into the business and have been doing it all my life.”

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 19, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    Final exams for Mora Middle and High School students
    Last day of school for winter break until Jan. 5
    TBA —  Mora High School Rangers basketball at Ben Lujan Tournament, varsity, away
    TBA —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball at Ben Lujan Tournament, varsity, away

    Saturday
    10 a.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball at Valley, away
    TBA —  Mora High School Rangers basketball at Ben Lujan Tournament, varsity, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas: A spring-like day in the middle of December?

    What is wrong with this picture? Here I sit at my typewriter; it is almost the middle of December and it is 55 degrees at noon here at 8,250 feet elevation. I just came inside and it feels like a spring day outside.

    I have one of my “ugly” Christmas sweaters on (I have never thought they were ugly!) and daughter Sherry just told me there was a shop near her in Phoenix that advertises and sells dozens of ugly sweater cookies, no less.

    The ugly sweater shop also is doing well, she says, even in  the warm and hot Arizona.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 19, 2014

    THUMBS UP! A LIFE WELL LIVED