Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 27, 2015
  • Ex-inmate settles solitary confinement suit for $750,000

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    A Tennessee man has reached a $750,000 settlement with a New Mexico county after he said he was denied medication and left neglected in a filthy cell while held in solitary confinement.

    Michael Faziani’s lawsuit filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque said he suffered from bipolar disorder and had chronic back pain but was denied his medication at the Sierra County Detention Center.

  • Editorial: Time to find middle ground

    Members of New Mexico’s Democratic congressional delegation announced last week that our state may be able to get more time to come into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act — but only if the governor and state lawmakers can reach agreement by Jan. 10 on a plan to bring the state into compliance.

  • Letters to the Editor - Dec. 27, 2015

    What goes around comes around

    I was very happy to read in Friday’s Optic (Dec. 18) that Tom Keesing who was a former regent at Highlands University was sentenced to prison. It was while Tom Keesing was a regent that Highlands began its tumultuous years.

    He was a regent at the time when former President Gilbert Sanchez was removed. HU at the time was at its peak in enrollment and was involved with many programs that had HU focused on growth and growing a positive reputation. Being involved with NASA was one of those  programs.

  • Study: Some cardiac arrest victims ignore warning symptoms

    By Lauran Neergaard
    AP Medical Writer

    WASHINGTON — Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: May the big, wet snowstorms of yesteryear return in 2016

    I have more than one drawer full of junk, stuff, treasures and more. I suspect most of my readers have one also.

    Therefore the theme of this column reflects a drawer, a file full of snippets I’ve planned to write about.

  • Just a Thought: How to simplify your Christmas season

    Christmas has become a complex time of the year. It has developed too many moving parts. Decorating the house inside and out, Black Friday, buying the right gifts, hiding gifts, wrapping gifts, Christmas cards, maxing out credit cards, cleaning the house or making travel plans, planning meals, and the list goes on and on.

    It has become a season that includes broad emotional swings. High stress over getting everything done that needs to get done followed by a great joy of having family gathered together.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu Dec. 27, 2015

    The Rangers of Mora High School will host the Tri-Cities Tournament.

    Senior Lunch Menu

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

    Pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, potluck roll with margarine, and spice cake

    Burrito, Spanish rice, salsa corn, salad with dressing, and sliced apple


  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 27, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Concord (N.H.) Monitor on on climate change deal (Dec. 15):

    This past weekend’s climate change deal was labeled by world leaders as “historic,” ‘’transformative” and “a victory for the planet.” These may be true. But it really should be framed in terms any good capitalist could appreciate— the agreement represents the biggest business opportunity of a generation.

  • Locals crave holiday Stu

    Las Vegas Optic

    Could this be the year Robertson and West Las Vegas meet for the coveted Stu Clark Tournament championship?
    Don’t be too surprised if it happens, because both teams are off to a strong start. But there are some solid teams — including defending champ St. Pius X — that could prevent that dream final from taking place.