Today's News

  • Jail Log - June 27, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 20:

    John Grossetete, 52, battery on a household member
    Roseann Quintana, 43, battery
    Zaryen Griego, 17, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property
    Dion Maes, 46, battery on a household member
    Alex Pacheco, 18, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, conspiracy
    Luciana Mendoza, 30, failure to pay fines, bench warrant San Miguel Magistrate  

  • Board OKs $26M in education dispute

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The State Board of Finance has approved $26 million as a safety net if New Mexico loses a dispute with the federal government over special education funding.
    The board on Tuesday agreed to a transfer of the money from this year’s budget accounts.
    The Legislature provided the money as part of a contingency plan for an ongoing fight over whether New Mexico met requirements for federal aid since 2010.

  • 10th Circuit: States can’t ban gay marriage

    By Nicholas Riccardi
    and Brady McCombs
    The Associated Press
    DENVER — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 27, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Man pleads guilty to arson
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico man accused of retaliating against his wife by setting fire to their home has pleaded guilty to arson.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 28-year-old Gregory Bitsilly, of Nenahnezad, entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement.
    According to court documents, Bitsilly started a fire March 24 in the home he shares with his wife and children.

  • Sister Segale on path for sainthood

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.
    Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.

  • U. S. advancing to second round

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer
    RECIFE, Brazil — The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.
    Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller’s 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

  • Mora County Notebook - Pacheco, Olivas attend law camp

    Editor’s Note: A version of this law camp article was published last week. We are running an updated version of it because last week’s article contained several errors.

    Amiree Olivas and Krystah Pacheco will return to school in the fall with a remarkable experience to talk about. Earlier this month the two Lazaro Garcia (Mora) Middle School students attended a five-day law camp at the University of New Mexico. The two have since returned to their respective homes full of excitement and thrilled to have experienced the camp.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - June 27, 2014


    4 p.m to 6 p.m. — Fourth Annual Customer Appreciation Day, La Jicarita Rural Telephone Cooperative
    9 a.m. — Annual meeting Mora San Miguel Electrical Cooperative, Joseph Montoya Gym, Mora            


    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: What is next with our crazy weather?

    The middle of June did not come and go quietly here in our mountains. The rains, even brief showers have left this area brilliant green, with our mountain grasses high and already starting to head out. I continue to wonder: what is next with our crazy weather?

  • KNMX wins station of the year for the seventh time

    Submitted to the Optic
    Las Vegas based radio stations KNMX, KMDZ and KBQL continue to raise the bar in broadcasting, leaving the New Mexico Broadcasters Association’s 2014 awards gala with seven Golden Mike Broadcasting Awards.
    One of the honors names KNMX-AM as Station of the Year for the seventh time, an unprecedented accomplishment in local broadcasting. Each of the seven winning pieces was produced by Jacob Garcia.