Today's News

  • What Mora third grade students are thankful for

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Unseasonably warm temps create longing for moisture

    I will admit I am one of those news hounds who doesn’t always get the lesser sections of our newspapers. My two papers, the Optic and the Albuquerque Journal come to our ranch mailbox and I sometimes get the Saturday, Sunday and Monday Journal on Monday. I will admit I don’t always get all of the various sections of those papers read.

    However, the Nov. 12 (Saturday) Journal tucked in an article that caught my eye (no surprise there) because I live in the middle of a heavily forested mountain here at Gascon.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Nov. 20, 2016

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

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

    Hamburger stroganoff, egg noodles, broccoli, carrot raisin salad and banana

    Pork roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, asparagus, bread with margarine and applesauce

    Closed for Thanksgiving

  • Building a CHAMPION

    Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez said there’s a lot of credit to go around for her team’s Class 2A state championship — won Nov. 12 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    A sampling of her comments follows.

  • Rangerettes conquer Class 2A volleyball

    Capturing a state volleyball championship was an accomplishment not only for the team but for the community, said Rangerettes team captain Maria Garcia.

    “It feels great to win a state championship,” she said. “It was something really good for our community, our school and my team.”

    “It feels great being able to win my senior year,” agreed Christen Laumbach. “My team and I have been wanting this for as long as I can remember.”

  • Woman mugged on Bridge Street

    An 86-year-old Las Vegas woman was mugged as she was walking through the breezeway off Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon.

    Ursel Albers, a retired Highlands University accounting and business professor, had just picked up her daughter’s dry cleaning from a Bridge Street business and was walking back to her car through the breezeway when a young man on a bicycle tried to grab her purse.

  • Deceased man faced abuse charge

    Less than eight hours before he was found dead in his cell, Bryan Martinez was in District Court for a sentencing hearing.

    That hearing didn’t go well for him.

    Martinez, 29, had entered a guilty plea on Aug. 26 to a single count of child abuse, a third-degree felony. The victim in the case was Martinez’ 3-year-old stepson, who sustained a broken arm in May of 2015.

    Martinez was facing a sentence of anything from probation to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

  • Changing of the Guard - Montoya new fire chief

    The Las Vegas Fire Department underwent a changing of the guard on Tuesday, when the City Council voted unanimously to confirm Billy Montoya as the department’s new chief.

    Montoya, 35,  replaces longtime Fire Chief Phillip Mares who retired after 35 years of service in the department, at least 13 of those years as the department’s leader.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo thanked Mares for his dedicated service to the department. He told the Council that after Mares retired, Sam Lujan was appointed interim chief.

  • Students collect food for protestors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students in the Native American Club at Highlands University stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock protest over the Dakota Access pipeline with a fundraiser of canned food and winter clothes for the protesters.

    Since August, members of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and other Native American tribes from across the country have gathered in an effort to stop the section of the oil pipeline that crosses the Standing Rock Reservation.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 18, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14:
    Hannah Montoya, 19, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jeffrey Clark, 27, possession with intent to distribute LSD, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a  suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Frank Martinez, 53, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Andrew Romero, 34, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Mora/San Miguel Magistrate Court