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Today's News

  • 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

  • Editorial cartoons - Dec. 19, 2014
  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 19, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The New York Times on airfares going up despite the dip in oil prices (Dec. 15).
    Oil prices have fallen by about half since June, making it much cheaper just in time for drivers to fill up their cars for Christmas travel. But the decline in oil prices has had made no perceptible difference on the cost of flying. Fares are up from earlier this year, and many airlines are still levying significant fuel surcharges on the tickets they sell.

  • Winning the battle - RHS wrestling great wants to help others through health care career

    Daniel Martinez says that when it’s all said and done, he wants to be remembered as a good guy and a good nurse. He is on his way to being both.

    Martinez, 22, a nursing student at Luna Community College, has accomplished quite a bit at his young age, but none bigger than overcoming testicular cancer.

    Perhaps one of the most decorated athletes in Robertson High history with 12 state championships combined in wrestling and track, Martinez was shocked to learn that he had testicular cancer. At the time he was wrestling for Doug Moses and Highlands University.

  • Four from LV on North team

    Four Meadow City football players have been honored with selection to the 2015 North All-Star team.

    Robertson’s Nathan Archuleta, Dominic Lucero and Kenneth Yara and West Las Vegas’ Jose Juan Montaño were among the Class 3A-4A North honorees announced this week by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, the entity that oversees the North-South games each year.

  • NM Bowl helps kick off bowl season

    Staff and wire reports

    Led by its fourth quarterback of the season, Utah State will go for its third consecutive bowl victory Saturday in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

    Freshman Kent Myers, whose turn at QB was hastened by injuries to the three above him on the depth chart, led the Aggies to four wins in five games to close the schedule.

    On the other sideline, Texas-El Paso will bring an effective running game (2,552 yards this fall, including 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns by sophomore Aaron Jones) that ranks 35th in the nation.