Today's Features

  • If you think that “The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is mostly about Santa Fe, think again.

    The entry on Las Vegas, for example, doesn’t just mention that it was founded more than 25 years before the other Las Vegas or that it is known for its Victorian architecture.  

    It delves into the fact that Las Vegas got its start in the 1820s as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and that it prospered even more when the Santa Fe Railway came through in 1879.

  • Farmers in Mora Valley are working together to encourage one another to improve their ability to raise healthy locally grown food.

    Agriculture has deep roots in Mora Valley and the surrounding communities. Many families in the valley continue to raise gardens.

    One family in Encinal is supporting the effort to “grow more farmers” by offering their ranch as a demonstration site.

    Johnny and Peggy Boney and neighbor, Mabel Medina, are helping provide a place so that local farmers can learn by example.


    8 a.m. — Mora cross country, SF Indian School, away
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board, Administration Building
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes volleyball vs. SF Prep, away, junior varsity and varsity
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vollleyball vs. Monte Del Sol, home, junior varsity and varsity


  • Happiness is having what we call “always friends” come by, come back for a visit. Such was the case recently when our long- ago neighbors showed up to talk about our fun old times here when they lived just up the road from or ranch headquarters.

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    Alta Vista Regional Hospital welcomes board-certified orthopedic surgeon John B. Reid III, M.D., to its hospital’s medical staff. Reid has 11 years of experience and is no stranger to the Las Vegas area.

    Reid earned his medical degree and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., followed by a fellowship in sports medicine at Taos Orthopedic Institute in Taos.


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Little Leaf that Wouldn’t Fall by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Olivier Tallec. Free and open to the public.


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    For the second year, the Las Vegas Plein Air Club will be hosting its annual Las Vegas Plein Air Paint Out.

    Rooted in 19th century Impressionist’s fascination with light and landscape, “En plein air” or “in the open air” refers to the practice of painting and sketching outdoors.