Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 9, 2013

    The Heritage Week Traditional Spanish Pioneer Dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Friday) at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Center. Dinner includes a traditional buffalo stew with green chile and barley, pinto beans and chicos. Admission is $10 and children five and younger eat free.

  • Weather - Aug. 9, 2013

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.


  • FYI - Aug. 9, 2013

    State police are planning a DWI checkpoint in San Miguel County today (Friday) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.

  • Officials meet with Tree Board to look at projects

    Submitted to the Optic

    Local Tree Board members met with federal officials to discuss Urban and Community Forestry Assistance projects in Las Vegas City Parks recently. Projects were $25,000 each for a total of $50,000 to remove hazardous trees and prune aging shade trees in the parks. Funding was provided by New Mexico State Forestry and U.S. Forest Service and the project was administered by Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 9, 2013

    • Meadow City Music Festival, 5 p.m.to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, Legends of Las Vegas, Plaza Park. Free and open to the public followed by a paid dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at El Rialto Patio with opening by
    Boris and the Saltlicks followed by Dead Superheroes Orchestra. Tickets are $20 at the door.

  • Mora County Notebook: Utah work camp does repairs at Mora church

    Last week there was a lot of activity around the Mora Presbyterian Church as a group of six adults gave their time and skills to do some repairs on the grounds, church and manse as they worked with some of the local church members.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Aug. 9, 2013


    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers’ Market, parking lot of Southwest Capital Bank
    7:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 9:45 p.m. — Candle Light Tours, The Forgotten Faces of Fort Union, enacted by costumed participants, Fort Union National Monument
    2 p.m. — VFW Ladies Auxiliary meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. — VFW meeting, VFW Hall
    8 a.m.— Students return to school, Mora Independent Schools

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The transformation from desert to jungle

    Just a month ago there was no such thing as a troublesome weed on this ranch. I honestly thought any kind of plant from grass to any kind of weed was dry and dead. It is absolutely amazing just what rain can do.

    The transformation from desert to jungle has not gone unnoticed and some new and so much safer herbicides are being developed all of the time. Our most invasive weed is thistle, and there are more than one species growing here.

  • Rio Rancho couple claims $7.6 million lottery jackpot

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Rio Rancho couple has claimed a $7.6 million Hot Lotto jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery.

    Doug Barnard and his wife Roberta came forward Tuesday with the winning ticket from last Saturday’s drawing.

    The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in 29 million.

    Doug Barnard says he began playing Hot Lotto for the first time about two weeks ago.

    He didn’t realize the quick-pick ticket had the winning numbers until he checked them on the lottery’s website Tuesday morning.

  • Official: Rural NM facing crisis

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — State officials have been fielding a steady stream of phone calls and emails from the managers of community drinking water systems around the state as drought refuses to give up its grip on New Mexico.
    The managers are looking to the state for help as they work to avert a crisis. Water levels are still dropping, aging infrastructure is being pushed to its limits and federal funding is growing more scarce.