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Today's News

  • Keeping the joy in whole-grain holiday baking

    By Melissa D’Arabian
    The Associated Press

    When I was 5, my mom invited a bunch of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms over for cookies, cocoa and caroling to celebrate the holidays. That tradition turned into an annual holiday ritual, and I grew up equating the holiday season with massive amounts of baking, particularly cookies.

  • 4-H club hosts annual banquet

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Rough Riders 4-H club gathered last Saturday at the Mora VFW to end their year with an annual banquet. As a youth development program, the 4-H organization can be found in almost every school community. By supporting youth from elementary school through high school with programs and hands-on activities, the 4-H club is designed to engage them in science, citizenship and healthy living.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Nov. 17, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Raton, junior varsity and varsity, home

    Monday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. West Las Vegas, seventh and eighth, home

    Tuesday
    TBA —  CASSM meeting at Mora Elementary School, Chompers the Mastadon with Dr. Kate Zeigler, a paleontologist at Highlands University, and Sarah Brown of the forestry department.

    Wednesday
    12:30 p.m. — Mora Schools early release

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Praises for old ‘Victorian Gazette’

    It is fun to have new folks move into our area. I know from having guests here at the ranch for so many years, that all who come seem to be curious about this big area of New Mexico.

    It is no secret. When both individuals and tour groups come our way, they ask questions, walk our streets, read our signs and want more information. One good source of local and regional information is our Citizen’s Committee for Historic Preservation.

  • All-district: ‘Beastie Girls’ dominate

    On the heels of the program’s deepest run in school history (matching the one made with many of those present on board two years prior), the Robertson girls’ soccer team landed a dozen players on the All-District 5 1A-4A team for 2014.

    Senior forward Caitlin Diefendorf earned one of two Player of the Year honors, while Ian Williamson was named Coach of the Year.

  • Cowgirls scare No. 1

    Last year’s national runner-up and the preseason No. 1 team in NCAA Division II women’s basketball, West Texas A&M never could shake pesky New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday night.

    The Cowgirls led late in the first half and — despite falling behind by double digits in the second — they stayed within striking distance in an 84-73 defeat at the Wilson Complex.

    Four Cowgirls finished in double figures. Jenny Johnson scored a team-high 18 points, followed by Claudia Meneses (13), Brittany Brown (12) and Giulia Simioni (10).

  • State quarters: Cardinals host Bears

    Robertson High School’s football team — seeking a second consecutive state gridiron championship and the fourth in school history — kicks off the postseason at 1 p.m. Saturday when Hatch Valley comes to Cardinal Stadium.

    But the Cardinals will have to start out short-handed due to a couple of significant player suspensions.

    The Cardinals are 10-0 this season and soaring on a 15-game win streak that dates back more than a full calendar year.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 21, 2014

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Pojoaque
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls host sixth grade tourney, TBA, WLV

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 1 p.m., Odessa, Texas
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Pojoaque
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls host sixth grade tourney, TBA, WLV
    Cross country
    • NMHU at NCAA regionals, 11 a.m., Denver
    Football

  • Archdiocese facing more suits

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was hit last week with five more lawsuits alleging that several of its priests sexually abused children decades ago. Three of the new lawsuits allege abuse by priests at Immaculate Conception or Our Lady of Sorrows parishes in Las Vegas. They name Jason Sigler, Sabine Griego and Michael O’Brien as the priests who perpetrated the abuse.

  • Devastating blaze - Ulibarri’s home destroyed by fire

    Rock Ulibarri’s signature cowboy hat is gone, along with his home and his lifelong belongings. But his spirit remains positive as he looks forward to rebuilding after a devastating fire engulfed his El Porvenir home Thursday night.

    The house provided a home for the incoming county commissioner and his sons. Ulibarri and his 13-year-old son, Santiago, made it out safety. Their blind mix-breed, 13-year-old dog, Willow, also made her way out of the blaze.