Today's News

  • Weather - Aug. 2, 2013

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the morning. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

  • FYI - Aug. 2, 2013

    Don’t forget that New Mexico’s tax holiday begins today and runs to midnight Sunday. During the tax holiday, there’s no gross receipts tax on certain items bought at participating retailers. No tax will be imposed on computers up to $1,000, on school supplies under $30 and clothing and shoes up to $100.

  • Corrections to target inmate online profiles

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Preston Blake says he’s a “down to earth, mature and serious man.” In an online profile, he sports a shirtless photo of himself while smiling and flexing his chiseled right arm. “I’m solid, real, in a world full of fake,” the 31-year-old describes himself.

  • Mora County Notebook: Fiestas one for the memory books

    The fiesta is a happy time to be in the great town of Mora.

    After the mass and processional, the Fiesta Dance at the American Legion Pavilion took place. It was well attended.

    Later in the evening, Jessica Gold was crowned as the 2013 Fiesta Queen. Amber Scarver was close behind her. They were both beautiful in their best gowns.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Aug. 2, 2013

    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board meeting, administration building


  • Palabras Pintorescas: Sweet brother Bill and his goat, Heidi

    I will admit I have to give up on this one! Someone just asked me how many hummingbirds I have at my three feeders.

    Yes, I often take pencil and paper, plus the essential cup of coffee, out on the front deck when it is time to write this column. The many visiting hummers do set the mood:

    How can one be lazy and just do nothing when the tiny birds never stop, other than to perch on their feeders?

  • Big winner
  • Eidenbach to talk about early maps of the state

    Submitted to the Optic
    Making maps of the land in which we live is long standing. For example, the first map to show North and South America as two distinct continents yet joined together by land was produced in 1550. At the same time maps are not always realistic representations of the natural world.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 2, 2013

    • Luna Community College Student Orientation has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2. For more information, contact Janice Medrano at 454-2546 or Melissa Lopez at 454-5357.
    • Over the Edge VI, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, Saturday, Aug. 3 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at Sala de Madrid on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and $5 students with valid ID. Tickets available at Tome on the Range, Em Krall and at the door.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 2, 2013