Today's Features

  • Mora School Board incumbents Robert Sena and Vanee Lujan were defeated in Tuesday’s election. While current board chair George Trujillo was re-elected to his seat in a three-way race.

    Voters also defeated the general obligation school bond question by 158 votes.

    Dennis Romero took down Sena for the Position 3 seat with Romero garnering 439 votes to Sena’s 405. Melissa Cordova came in third in that race with 379 votes.


    3:30 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes and Rangers basketball vs. Escalante, junior varsity and varsity, away
    TBA —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball at Taos Tournament, away

    1 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes and Rangers basketball vs. Questa, junior varsity and varsity, away
    TBA —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball at Taos Tournament, away

    6:30 p.m. —  Mora School board meeting

  • Yes, January was a good wet weather month. Our Gascon weather station recorded 30 inches of show and 1.50 inches of moisture here last month. These snows have melted slowly, which will hopefully seep more water into our fast-depleting aquifers.

    Thankfully I kept a column from the April 2, 2012, issue about witching for water. The writer, Tom McDonald, detailed at length the amazing ability Salvadore Higgins has as a Water Witcher.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The First United Presbyterian Church (USA) of Las Vegas is announces its 17th offering of Mustard Seed Grants. The grant was created in 1999 as a community outreach program to help fund special projects of various groups.

    The programs or projects submitted must be new, innovative, goal-directed ideas that are consistent with the church mission statement, and needing seed money.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “My Huggy Valentine” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson. Free and open to the public.


  • Submitted to the Optic

    As doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing, flu season is active, with hospitalization rates close to what they were two years ago. Flu is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, with roughly 24,000 people a year dying from flu and its complications. Latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the flu hitting hard in all but seven states.

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    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering free counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the profession of counseling. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by a training professor of the program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointments, call 454-3564.

    •  All veterans are invited to attend a Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the local VFW  
    located at 148 Mills Ave. Veterans and their family members will be able to  meet Andrew Welch, the new Director for the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS). The meeting also will give those attending an opportunity to discuss any VA health care concerns with the director. For more information, contact the NMVAHCS Public Affairs Office at 505-256-6495.

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    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its seventh annual Literacy Fair from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is based on the four seasons: “At Every Season There is Every Reason to Read, Read, Read!”  

    To encourage writing, youngsters are invited to submit a short essay and/or drawing about their favorite season. These will be displayed at the fair.

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    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.