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Today's Features

  • Community Calendar

    Friday
    TBA — Middle School Rangers basketball, Taos Tourney, Taos
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Saturday
    TBA — Middle School Rangers basketball, Taos Tourney continued, Taos
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Board, Administration Building

  • Sometimes life’s pleasures come along in small doses. Very recently I had the pleasure of having both Bartley grandchildren here with their parents for several days of revisiting the ranch together. They are now in their mid-20s, and are interested in so many facets of this old place.

    Son John decided it was time for a slide show one night. My collection of slides that date back almost 50 years here paint quite a picture of life on the ranch, which included pictures of them when they were small. There are many pictures of horses and cows, of course.

  • Roy “Puffy” Gonzales dedicated his life to teaching music to students of West Las Vegas. He taught in the Valley area for more than 30 years. He touched many of his students’ lives in such a positive way.  

  • TODAY HOY

    • The Citizens Police Academy, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for seven sessions at New Mexico Highlands University Sininger Hall 100. Free and open to the public - certificate upon completion. Instruction by New Mexico State Police Capt. Tommy Hooper and Lt. Martin. Hosted by NMHU, Social and Behavioral Sciences and visiting professor Jill Baskerville. For more information, call Capt. Hooper or Lt. Martin at 425-6771.

  • TUESDAY MARTES
    • Las Vegas Little League Registration, 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Bring three copies of proof of residency and original state-issued birth certificate. Anyone interested in coaching must submit a letter of interest by Jan. 31. For more information, call Kathy Duran at 617-0759.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of  Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will host the fourth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is “Reach for the Stars:  Read, Read, Read.”

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state - will be prepared for low and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca St. (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.  

  • SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • Museum Cafe Series — The Long Road to Statehood, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the City Museum. Rick Hendricks, state historian, will talk about the 62-year effort leading to statehood. Issues involved in the struggle included the Civil War, bigotry, Texas expansionism, and dysfunctional politics. A participatory discussion will follow the presentation.

  • Mora Schools are celebrating their homecoming. The results of the homecoming game and royalty will not be known until after the Friday Optic has gone to press. So we will have to wait for that until next week.

    In the meantime the school is gearing up for a great week looking forward to seeing many of its alumni coming home for the big occasion.