Today's Features

    • The City of Las Vegas Waste Water Treatment Facility will stop providing effluent reuse water for residential customers beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5. The approval from the New Mexico Environment Department under the city’s DP-1118, Part V, allowed this use only for the 2012 growing season. Direct any questions to the Utilities Department at 454-3832.

  • Chacon is a very good place to live. Many people there make it to 80 years and beyond.

    Nora Lopez is one of them.

    Her children and grand children held a surprise birthday party for her on her 80th birthday last week.

    The family and many friends and neighbors from Chacon and Mora gathered at the VFW hall to honor her with the big celebration. She was happily surprised as she was escorted into the building and found that they had completely fooled her on the reason for the ride to Mora.

  • Community Calendar
    10 am. — Mora cross country, Santa Fe Indian School
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Dulce, away junior and varsity
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home, junior varsity and varsity
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commission meeting, Wagon Mound
    4:30 p.m. — Mora Mutual Water and Sewage Board, MW&S office

  • The calendar says it is fall. That means it should be getting cold, and the winds (and hopefully, storms) of winter should not be far behind. Many of us are securing a stack of firewood, often between baling the last of the hay fields that produced just average yields this year.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lauded New Mexico Highlands University for its environmental research at the Wind River Ranch during the dedication of the property as the new Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge last Thursday.

    “This place will become a mecca for environmental education and research in New Mexico and the U.S. through Highlands University and other partnerships,” Salazar said. “Today we are taking a very significant step in creating the 21st century conservation agenda.”

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The annual enchilada dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants to non-profit groups in Las Vegas and the surrounding area takes place on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Hillcrest Restaurant.

    Next Thursday’s dinner marks the 14th anniversary of the Mustard Seed program sponsored by the local First United Presbyterian Church. The church devotes all profits from the dinner to funding projects by other organizations in the community.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m, Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dino-Football” by Lisa Wheeler. This week’s theme is “Fall Sports.” Free and open to the public.


  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University music  faculty Linda King and Andre Garcia-Nuthmann will present a concert, Lyrical Passion, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7, featuring the music of Schumann, Brahms and Franck.

    King, a concert pianist, and Garcia-Nuthmann, a tenor vocalist, will be joined by Krzysztof Zimowki, a violinist who is the concertmaster for the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Opera Southwest Orchestra.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    •  Al-Anon Meetings for family and friends of alcoholics or problem drinkers take place in Faith Hall, behind St. Paul's Peace Church, 8th and National, at 5:45 p.m. on Mondays and noon on Fridays for an hour. Many relatives and/or friends of problem drinkers have learned through Al-Anon how to make their own lives more manageable, serene and happy whether or not the relative or friend stops drinking.  For information, call 425-6901.

    • Tony E. Marquez, Jr. Fall Fitness Challenge, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 10 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The weigh-in date is Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 at the center. For more information, contact recreation center staff at 426-1739.
    • Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Presbyterian Church - Community Room. The purpose of the meeting is to pick up petitions to ban fracking in San Miguel County. All are welcome. For more information, call 426-1468.