Today's News

  • McCulloch painting exhibit at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant moon floats in a deep blue New Mexico night sky above purple mountains framed by golden autumn foliage.

    Abstract blocks of vivid orange, violet, green and yellow curve across the canvas, hinting at a mountain silhouetted at sunset. These are two of the 30 paintings featured in the “Frank McCulloch 50 Year Retrospective — The Abstract Years” art exhibit that opened on Monday at Highlands University, with an artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.

  • Turner ranch aims to aid ferrets

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A more than half-million-acre ranch that straddles the New Mexico-Colorado border and is owned by media mogul Ted Turner has asked for permission to import endangered black-footed ferrets.

    The carnivores have struggled across the Great Plains, and the Vermejo Park Ranch wants to bolster their numbers as part of a recovery program spanning 12 Western states.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 16, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Flu vaccine not working well

    NEW YORK — As predicted, this year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it’s only 23 percent effective.
    That’s one of the worst performances since the government started tracking how well vaccines work a decade ago. The best flu vaccines were 50 to 60 percent effective.

  • Mora board members receive association awards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Independent School Board received certificate awards and pins for its participation in the Leadership Development Program provided during the 2013-14 school year by the New Mexico School Boards Association.  

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 16, 2015

    • American Association of University Women will sponsor a public forum and buffet luncheon to discuss legislation for the upcoming state legislature from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. n Saturday, Jan. 17 at Charlie’s Spic and Span. Rep. Tomas Salazar and Sen. Pete Campus will present during this forum. Luncheon cost is $12 and features red and green enchiladas. For reservations, contact Sonya Berg at berg.sonya42@gmail.com.


  • Noticias - Jan. 16, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Mora high ‘celebrities’
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 16, 2015

    Ranger and Rangerette Spirit Day  
    2 p.m. —  Mora Homecoming Parade with line-up at 1:30 p.m.
    2 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball vs. Pecos, junior varsity and varsity, home
    4 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangers basketball vs. Pecos, junior varsity and varsity, home
    Coronation of homecoming royalty will take place after boys varsity game

    School Day due to schedule change

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Edith, Ruth and Charlie left us too soon

    December can be a sad month for many of us. Both of my parents died Christmas week a long time ago. And this year a lot of us lost some very special people who impacted our lives in many and varied ways.

    I still can’t believe there were three funerals in just five days last month: Edith Moore, Ruth Fort and Charlie Hillis.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 16, 2015