Mil gracias - Oct. 11, 2013

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The San Miguel County DWI Prevention Education Program would like to express our gratitude to the following businesses for their generosity in contributing to our Community Prevention Education efforts: Southwest Financial Services, Hillcrest Restaurant, Franken Companies, Nelsons Funeral Home, Farmway Feed & Supplies.
Their generosity has assisted in making it possible to promote and showcase our Safe-Ride-Home Service. This is a free service provided through the San Miguel County DWI Program. To take advantage of our Safe-Ride-Home Service, please call 505-429-0336 on Friday and Saturday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

Diane L. Ortiz
DWI prevention specialist/screener/tracker

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Once again, the Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival, Fifth Annual took another step in the development of a destination event that will bring visitors and locals to Las Vegas. Casa de Cultura members set out to identify where people came from and discovered to our surprise that our visitors came from far and near distances. People came from Denver, Colorado Springs, Trinidad, Amarillo, Midland, Texas, and Sacramento, Calif., in addition to Atlanta, Georgia, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Springer, Raton, Mora, Wagon Mound and Las Vegas surrounding communities.

Andres Garcia, youth protégé, guitarist and singer and winner of the Jim Magnarella Music Scholarship for a two-week summer music camp in Albuquerque this past summer, opened the show to an enthusiastic audience. Casa has always used cultural events to give young talent opportunities to perform and gain self-confidence and self-esteem for their participation. Gracias to Annette and Randy Garcia for allowing and encouraging their son to develop his abilities.

Gracias to Mercy López, Optic features editor, who wrote a great human interest story about Andres Garcia and his relationship to Casa de Cultura, and for her follow up of other Blues bands that participated in the Blues Festival.

Mil gracias to the New Mexico Blues Society who brought a delegation from Albuquerque and Santa Fe and for sponsoring Andes Garcia’s scholarship to Rock 101 for two weeks in Albuquerque .

Gracias to the diverse crowd who commented that the blues bands were top of the line and also about the comfortable atmosphere of the Plaza Park and the Plaza Hotel.

Gracias to Jeff Romero and the Rainy Morning Blues Band for providing the backup for Andres Garcia’s performance.

A special gracias to Nick Angel, Graphic Arts and all the volunteers who make Casa de Cultura’s programs successful.

And most of all, Mil Gracias to all our sponsors who provided logistics and support that made it all happen: Southwest Capital Bank, Community 1st Bank, McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Highlands University, City of Las Vegas-San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce, San Miguel County Lodger’s Tax, city of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax, Luna Community College, Center for Education Initiatives, Sky Chief Liquor in Springer, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Garcia, SPC Office Products, BPOE#408, New Mexico’s Blues Society, Dr. Michael Lopez, Charlie’s Spic & Span Bakery, Joe Angel-Jeweler, Del Norte Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s Super Saber, CYFD volunteers, El Fidel Hotel, NMHU Clubs and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Miguel Angel
Casa de Cultura Executive Director

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I would like to thank everyone in Mora County who gave my aunt Mary and her family support during my uncle Pat Martinez’s illness and death. Special thanks to Los Hermanos de la Morada who prayed the rosary, Nasario Montoya for singing at the Mass and Johnny Fernandez for the beautiful songs at the grave site.

My uncle Pat Martinez was very dear and special to me as is my aunt Mary. I’ll miss my uncle’s hugs and kind words of advice. When I found out he had died, I cried, and cried but then I remembered a sermon by Billy Graham, when he said, “The bible promises the repentant Christian a heaven after death. John 14:2 says, “In my father’s house there are many rooms, if it were not so, would I have told you that I go prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you will you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am you may also be.”

St. Paul was also so certain of heaven that he would say, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with our Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). St. Paul from time to time said, ”We are confident” the bible says that Abraham looked for a city which hath foundation, whose builder and maker is God.” The bible also says that heaven is a place of beauty, a “building of god,” “a better country,” “an inheritance,” “a glory.”

Billy Graham quotes Thomas Edison who once said, “I do not know one millioneth part of one percent about anything.”
I’m like Thomas Edison. I’m a writer, and I like to share my thoughts with others, but they are my feelings and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. I do believe that for the Christian, life does not end with a hole in the ground. I believe that our loved ones are up in heaven looking down on us. The elders always used to say that when we loose a loved one, its because the rest of us need a special star to light our way through life, and that their spirit and the time we spent with them here on earth will never die.

Rosalie Regensberg