Today's News

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 20, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Man emerges as focus of shooting

    RENO, Nev. — A 51-year-old man from rural Northern California has emerged as the focus of the investigation into a Reno hospital shooting.
    Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood says his agency helped Reno police execute a search warrant Wednesday at the home of Alan Oliver Frazier near Lake Almanor.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora music students perform for community

    Last week the citizens of Mora Valley had a treat to help them feel richer in the spirit of Christmas, as the Mora Schools Music Department gave two Christmas concerts.

    On Monday evening, the Mora mariachi group performed for the audience with their traditional music and the Christmas music played in their form of thrilling violins, guitars and trumpets.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 20, 2013


    5 p.m. — Mora Rangers vs. Santa Rosa, home, junior varsity and varsity
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangerettes vs. Questa, home, seventh and eighth
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. Santa Rosa, home, junior varsity and varsity
    10 a.m. — Middle School Rangerettes vs. Valley, home, seventh and eighth
    TBA — Mora Rangers, Pecos Tournament, Pecos, junior varsity
    Thursday -Saturday

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Christmas trees and ice skating go together

    How many trees does it take to make a Christmas tree? Most of us would say one, even a scraggly one at that.

  • HU students awarded Bloomberg scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Three New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.

    The scholarships were funded through Bloomberg Businessweek’s B-School Connection Program, with a match this fall semester from the Highlands University Foundation.  

    Sam Roybal, a sophomore general business major from Pojoaque, won the $600 gold scholarship.

  • LCC’s Martinez receives student-athlete honor

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College student Montanna Martinez has been selected to represent LCC as its nominee in the 2014 All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Martinez will be placed in competition for the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, and the New Century Scholars Awards.  Phi Theta Kappa headquarters will notify scholars of their placement on national teams by April.

  • Stu Clark tickets on sale

    Advance tickets for the 60th annual Stu Clark Tournament are now on sale, and the tournament lineup has been released to the public.

    The tourney runs from Thursday, Dec. 26, to Saturday, Dec. 28, at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    Last year’s champions, the Capital High Jaguars of Santa Fe, and the runner-up Central High Bobcats from the Phoenix area, will have a rematch in the first round of the Stu to highlight the first day of games. That contest is scheduled as part of the opening session on Thursday the 26th.

  • NM Bowl kicks off full slate

    The Associated Press

    SPOKANE, Wash.  — Washington State coach Mike Leach disputes the notion that running backs are under-utilized in his Air Raid offense.

    Washington State may run the ball less than half as much as the Cougars’ opponents, but the running backs catch a lot of passes.

    “They are the best athletes out there, with rare exceptions,” Leach said this week as Washington State (6-6) prepared to face Colorado State (7-6) in Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl. “You have to get running backs the football.”

  • Branch guides young Rangers squad

    Submitted to the Optic

    This year’s version of the Mora Rangers boys’ basketball team should be most intriguing.

    The Rangers were on the verge of competing for the 2014 state championship, but adversity hit the team when three returning starters transferred prior to the season beginning on Nov. 4, leaving Coach James Branch with a team composed of two seniors, six sophomores, and two freshmen on the varsity squad.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 20

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 and 7 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Portales, 4 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson at Greeley, TBA, Greeley, Colo.

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Portales, 1 p.m., Portales