• Couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary

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    Larry and Beth Abney of Manuelitas recently celebrated their 50th year of marriage with family and friends in
    Albuquerque. Larry Abney and Beth Bailey were married in Las Vegas on July 8, 1966 by Justice of the Peace Jose
    Archuleta.They celebrated their anniversary on the weekend of July 1 in Albuquerque with their family: sons, Robert (Alicia) of Albuquerque, and Matt (Karen) of Las Cruces; and granddaughters, Noela and Kaley (Robert), and

  • HU alum leads Arizona school to excellence

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University alumnus is the principal of an Arizona public school that was named an A+ School of Excellence.
    Michael Crudder, B.A. 1986 and M.A. 1987, leads Copperwood Elementary School in Glendale, Ariz. The Arizona Educational Foundation tapped Copperwood for the A+ honor in May.

  • Senior Lunch Menu - May 30-June 4, 2016

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

    Closed for Memorial Day holiday

    Chicken salad, creamy coleslaw, glazed carrots, crackers, and cherry cobbler

    Pork roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, asparagus, bread with margarine, and applesauce

    Green chile enchiladas, pinto beans, garden salad, breadstick with margarine, and cantaloupe


  • Saiz promoted to commanding officer post

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    Lt. Commander J. Jacob Saiz was installed as the new commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in El Paso, Texas, during a change of commander ceremony on Jan. 10.

    Saiz is the grandson of Herman and Lucy Saiz of Las Vegas. His grandfather Herman — a decorated veteran of the Pacific Campaign — placed the command pin on his grandson’s uniform.

    Several family members, including parents John and Maria Saiz of Aztec, N.M., also attended. 

  • ‘Survivors’ documentary premieres Tuesday

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    British journalist, country music publicist, founder of the British Country Music Association and Hall of Fame member, Tony Byworth, has a fondness for the “real” Las Vegas.  Byworth will be in Las Vegas through Wednesday for a visit, a radio interview Tuesday morning, a luncheon at noon at El Riato Restaurant, and to help officiate at the premiere of a video series produced by local Jim Terr called “New Mexico Survivors,” interviews with four local residents regarding getting by in earlier times.

  • Illusion show
  • Fall clean-up
  • Story time
  • Fall Flight Festival under way

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    It’s fall again, and several refuge ponds currently have sufficient water to provide safe harbor for waterfowl; calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds.

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, will be open each of the first four Sundays in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4 1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. All events at the refuge are free.

  • Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A record number of employers will be at the Highlands University Career and Internship Fair for students and alumni from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The university’s Office of Career Services will host the fair, which is in the Student Union Building ballroom at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street.