Today's News

  • Official: Low risk of Ebola here

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    A top health official assured lawmakers Wednesday that New Mexico is prepared to deal with Ebola although it’s unlikely a case will happen in the state.

    “The risk of a case of Ebola in New Mexico is very, very low,” said state infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Landen, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health.

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  • Que Pasa - Oct. 24, 2014

    • New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Senior Center in Pecos. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season. For more information on the no-charge flu shot clinic, call the San Miguel Public Health Office at 425-9368.

  • Youths do well at target challenge

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Youth Hunter Education Challenge traveled to Los Alamos to compete in the Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Target Challenge. Participants shot one round each of trap, bunker trap and 5 stand. Medals were awarded for 5 stand and for best aggregate in each class.

    Macario Sanchez tied for second place in boys 13 to 15 five stand, but after the shoot-off had to settle for third. He also took third in boys 13 to 15 aggregate. Leonardo Aragon got second for boys 12 and under in both five stand and aggregate.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Oct. 24, 2014


    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers Market, Southwest Capital Bank parking lot

    TBA — CASSM - This month’s activities are eyeball dissections and owl pellet dissection, Mora Elementary

    1 p.m. — Mora volleyball vs. Escalante, junior varsity and varsity, away

    5 p.m. — Mora volleyball vs. Peñasco, junior varsity and varsity, away

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  • Palabras Pintorescas: Doctor father wasn’t a big fan of fruitcake

    Like it or not, Art Trujillo — it is that time of year! Yes! It is time for all good cooks to make fruitcake. Of course they have to be made in October to be ready ripe, juicy-fruity (with a little help from some rum or brandy) for Christmas gift giving.

    I will admit this amazing event almost got past me.

  • Program recognized nationally

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Excelencia in Education named the Highlands University Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center as one of the top college programs in the nation for increasing graduation rates among Hispanic students.

  • Teen shares love of languages

    By Lillian Schrock
    Casper Star-Tribune

    CASPER, Wyo.  — Danny Villalobos walks into a small square classroom lined with windows on one side.
    Through them, he can see a group of teenage girls, lounging on couches and laughing. He shifts his gaze to a group of five children seated before him. They’re sprawled out in padded chairs around an oak table.

    “Hi, kids!” he says.

    The kids, ranging in ages 6 to 13, stand and bow.

  • Beijing students cheer Zuckerberg

    By Didi Tang
    The Associated Press

    BEIJING — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.