Today's Features

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  • Sylvia Ortega, a talented artist, lives in Guadalupita, located in Mora County. Ortega has loved art all her life and has shown it in her beautiful paintings, water colors, oils and acrylic, are the media she has used to express her skill at different times.


    4 p.m. ­— Rangerette middle school basketball vs. Dulce, home
    5:30 p.m. — Rangerette basketball vs. Tucumcari, home, junior varsity and varsity
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, away, Taos
    6 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Roy, home, junior varsity
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, away, West Las Vegas
    4 p.m. — Rangerette middle school basketball vs. Dulce, Home

  • Yes, that was me you saw roaming through our pasture, following leader dog, Tinta, recently. We continue to investigate and try to figure out what is going on with our almost summertime weather (the very warm temperatures) and the lack of snow in our vast mountain chain. Sometimes I wonder if this is the start of yet another dust bowl. Ken Burns surely did a masterful job portraying the last one recently on PBS channel.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Turkey Surprise” by Peggy Archer. Free and open to the public.
    • Victorian Christmas Ornament Hands-on workshop, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Sponsored by Princess Party Wednesday. For more information, call Bambi Doe Blake at 425-2684.

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    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed Friday, Nov. 23. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 26.
    • San Miguel County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26.


  • The 156th year of the birth of Saint Gertrude was celebrated this past Sunday with the annual función at Saint Gertrude’s Catholic Church.

    The Mass ended with a processional to the elementary school gym.

    In the processional, the priest and the deacons followed with the cross.

    The statue of the patron saint was carried along with the patron saints of the different churches of the parish. The Penitentes sang hymns all the way. A large group of people of different ages walked in the procession.


    11 a.m. — Memorial Mass at Saint Gertrude’s Church for the deceased who were cared for by Esperanza Home Health Care.
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes Middle School Basketball vs.WLV, home  
    1 p.m. — Nurses Work Shop-Esperanza Home Health Care, Buena Vista
    4 p.m.-Mora Rangerette Middle School Basketball vs.Santa Rosa, Home

  • My fun father used to tell us kids there was a dodo bird that flew backwards to see where he had been. Of course, we looked for that odd bird, and we never did see one. I did tell sweet brother Bill I thought I’d seen  one, in hopes he’d quit pestering me and spend his idle time looking for oddball birds.

    Oh, yes, I got away with a lot there for a while, just because I was two years older than Bill.

    And now as this column hits our print media, I look on yet another memorable  Thanksgiving and recount the many blessings we all have here.