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Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 8, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Temple Montefiore — the Taichert family

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    By the late 1800s the Jewish presence in Las Vegas was robust and thriving, with the largest population of German Jews in all New Mexico. Most had become successful merchants and had been joined by extended family members emigrating from their old home lands in western Europe.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 8, 2014

    The Associated Press

    The Brattleboro, (Vt.) Reformer on restoring trust (Aug. 1):
    The U.S. government has a long way to go to restore trust following the revelation of massive spying on Americans citizens by the National Security Agency. However, an important step in the right direction was made Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation that he says would end the government’s dragnet collection of phone records and require greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora Fiesta marshals’ background impressive

    Miranda Serna left a legacy of the art of basketball to many. For Mora, she left a legacy that is personalized, as Mora is where her roots were. Her legacy continues with the annual basketball camp held in her beloved hometown of Mora.

    This year’s camp took place July 21 to July 23 at the Mora Elementary School gym. Fifty young basketball enthusiasts particpated this year.

  • New book highlights Valmora Sanatorium

    One of the lesser luxuries of life way out here in the country is getting a Sunday newspaper on Sunday. A friend and neighbor knows this and often drops off his copy of the Albuquerque Journal on a Sunday afternoon. I am reading the book section and discovered a “hot off the press” book signing was about to take place in Albuquerque. “Images of America, Sanatoriums of New Mexico” by Richard Melzer and a forward by Jake Spidel Jr. is dear to my heart, naturally.

  • Torres is fiesta mutton-busting champ

    Submitted to the Optic

    Janelle Torres can check Mutton Busting off her bucket list for the second year in a row. Next up for the 7-year-old Cleveland native? How about barrel racing? It’s the next logical step.

    Torres, who is starting second grade at Mora Elementary, rode to a championship in Mutton Busting on July 26 at the Mora Fiestas Rodeo.

    “This was her second time doing Mutton Busting,” her proud father Robert Torres said.

  • RMAC poll: Cowboys seventh

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football team is predicted to finish seventh in the 10-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this coming fall.

    That’s according to a preseason coaches’ poll conducted in conjunction with the RMAC’s recent Media Day in Colorado Springs.

    The Cowboys, who finished 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the conference in 2013, garnered 29 points in the poll, which tied them with Western New Mexico for seventh place.

  • Football 2014 schedules

    NMHU Cowboys

    9/6 Eastern New Mexico 6 p.m.
    9/13 At Northern Arizona 5 p.m.
    9/20 Western New Mexico* 1 p.m.
    9/27 At Fort Lewis noon
    10/4 Colorado Mines 1 p.m.
    10/11 At Colorado Mesa 1 p.m.
    10/18 Western State 1 p.m.
    10/25 At Adams State noon
    11/1 Chadron State 1 p.m.
    11/8 At Black Hills State 1 p.m.
    11/15 At CSU-Pueblo 2 p.m.

  • LV’s Aragon wins crown at Fitness NM

    Submitted to the Optic

    It’s been an unforgettable summer for Las Vegas resident Courtney Aragon.

    Aragon, a physique competitor, became 2014 Fitness New Mexico Champion at the Fitness New Mexico Championships on May 31 in Albuquerque.

  • Women linksters invited to join golf fiesta Aug. 27

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual Fiesta de Las Vegas Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the New Mexico Highlands University Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Entries or cancellations must be received by Aug. 20. Mark your calendar and enter now.

    Entry forms are available at the Highlands Golf Pro shop or by calling Tangee Dolan, 505-425-3149.

    “This is a fun day for women golfers from around the state,” said Anne Pepper of the LVWGA.