Today's Features

  • What is going on, weather-wise? We should be showing snow this morning, as I write this. The temperature is 55 degrees and wind gusts have topped 50 miles per hour. This translates into all available soil moisture being sucked out of the ground. Those of us who are farmers and wildland firefighters are now very worried, rightfully so.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Arts Council is exhibiting photographs from northern New Mexico in a benefit show and sale through the end of the month.

    The show at Gallery 140 on Bridge Street is “New Mexico Places: Photography by June Bowers.”  It includes photographs of familiar buildings, landforms, streams, vehicles, and equipment from Tecolote, Chacon, Ocate, Romeroville, North Carmen, Ledoux, San Jose, Tres Piedras, and other nearby localities. Gallery 140 is at 140 Bridge Street and is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • 2.17.2017

    5:30 to 8 p.m.
    Samaritan House’s 40th year anniversary will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Montezuma Castle Ballroom.Tickets are available at Semilla, Traveler’s or the Samaritan House Main Office. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children. Table sponsors are also available. Auction items are being accepted at 220 Bernalillo St. For more information, call 454-1390.


    5:15 p.m.

  • 2.15.2017
    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    7 p.m.
    Rhythm of the Dance performance by The National Dance Company of Ireland will take place at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 per child (10 and younger) and NMHU students are free with valid ID. Advanced tickets available at KEDP Radio station, studio 103 or by calling 454-3238.

  • The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Breakfast: Scrambled egg, cheese, bacon and tortilla
    Lunch: Baked ham, stuffing, green beans, dinner roll, and diced pears

    Breakfast: Cereal, bagel and cheese
    Lunch: Frito pie, lettuce, tomato, onion, squash, Spanish rice, and gelatin

    Breakfast: Hardboiled egg, cheese stick, English muffin and jelly

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to…

    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call 454-0223 or visit the office.

  • 2.12.2017

    3 p.m.
    Songs of love concert will take place at First United Methodist Church. A free concert of songs about love will include a rock band, saxophone, trumpet, cello and clarinet, as well as piano and organ. There will be vocal solos, vocal groups, and everyone singing some favorites — some sacred, mostly secular songs. For information, contact 505-617-8471.


    Feb. 13

  • I am always happy to hear from my readers and they often share interesting stories with me. A reader asked me recently about the availability of that so- much-fun sport, ice-skating at the skating pond just north of Montezuma. Yes, folks, we used to have a fabulous skating pond up there.

    The loss of this treasure (to many of us) is very real. The last and bottom dam on the Gallinas River is that canyon was large by many standards. The big cliff just to the south of the dam shaded it. This ideal location provided all the necessary elements to freeze thick, clear ice.

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

    Brunkswick stew, garden salad with dressing, squash, crackers
    and pineapple upside-down cake

    Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, wheat roll
    and margarine and white cake

    Glazed ham, baked sweet potato, buttered
    asparagus, wheat roll, and pineapple upside-down cake