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Today's Features

  • She says, with deep conviction, “I had a blessed childhood.” Standing in the mid-morning breeze awaiting the opening of the Patriot Day 9-11 event at Carnegie Park, Gladys Dolores Hightower could be mistaken as “just another spectator,” but as she begins to sing the National Anthem, it becomes obvious to all that she is special. Nevertheless, she is somewhat self-effacing, saying, “I’m just ol’ Gladys.”

  • Local artist and musician David Escudero said volunteer groups in Las Vegas’ storied history have always been an important part of the social fabric of this community.

    “Volunteer organizations are what make a civilization great, the best things we gain as individuals is through voluntarism. That’s the important thing to remember, you have to give a little bit back to your community,” Escudero said.

  • “You can’t sit still for the blues.” Mary Oishi, KUNM disc jockey, chided those sitting in the crowd for not getting to their feet and dancing to the live music at Casa de Cultura’s first “Ain’t Got no Frijoles Blues Festival.”

    Sunday’s event, which drew roughly 200 people, was conceived by Casa de Cultura’s director, Miguel Angel, both as a way to bring people together through culture and introduce them to the wonders of King Stadium.

    It succeeded.

  • All day Thursday the skies over Las Vegas were moody, with a threatening rumble here and there. Organizers for the 2009 “Student Fiesta” at Plaza Park said they were crossing their fingers, and hoping the expected downpour would wait until after the big gathering.

  • The Robertson High School class of 1959 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a class reunion July 30-31.

    The get-together started with dinner at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. There were some 38 classmates in attendance, which included their spouses. They had a good time, going so far as revealing who had a crush on whom back in the 10th grade.

  • Well, it’s that time of year again, and the city has once again decreed that I can only water my garden on Tuesdays.

    It’s uncanny, really.

    There is nothing in nature to suggest that the plants in my garden now need only half the watering they needed just two weeks ago.

    So the city has placed me in the same dilemma as many Las Vegans who are looking to grow food in their backyards — shall I obey authority and let my tomatoes and squash shrivel and die or must I become a scofflaw in the name of food security?

  • New Mexico Highlands University chemistry professor David Sammeth participated in an intensive two-week program in July to study global sustainability at the prestigious Santa Fe Institute.  

    The program, co-sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, explored global sustainability with a focus on climate change. Twenty national and international scientists, economists, social scientists, and policy makers presented at the program.

  • The Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center celebrated its fifth anniversary in May. and it continues to serve the citizens of the Meadow City using a model based on the civil rights movement, whereby the community shapes the work.

    Twelve years ago, Patricia “Pat” Leahan arrived in Las Vegas to continue the work she had been doing in Minnesota in social work and teaching.

  • With a model’s looks and humble demeanor, Holly Holm might not look like a professional fighter.

    But the preacher’s daughter packs a punch that has taken her to the top of the boxing world. The IBA Junior Welterweight Wold Champion will perform in front of a Las Vegas audience this Friday at Wilson Complex. She will take on Terri Blair of Louisville, Ky.

    Holm was in Las Vegas last week to meet fans and give a motivational talk to students at the two school districts.

  • Perhaps you’ve sighted Bill Oshima on his 1973 Raleigh (once called the Cadillac of Bicycles) as he pedals toward the recreation center for a yoga workout; maybe you spotted him hiking the river trail to El Sombrero or to the bank at SECU. You might have done a double take as he pops out of his back yard wearing a bee mask or wields his push-mower and vanquishes the growth in his yard on Lincoln Avenue.