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  • Valentines Forever

    Two Las Vegas couples have love stories that have developed over decades.

    Eddie and Viola Quintana have been married for nearly 52 years, while Mauricio and Mary Pacheco will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in April.

    Each of their stories differ, but there is one element in common — love. Their love for their partner has made each of their marriages survive for decades.

  • Trujillo dies, remembered for his gifts

    As an athlete, as a teacher, and as a coach, Fabian Trujillo gave generously of himself in life.

    So it is fitting that he continues to give of himself even in death.

    Trujillo, 50, had agreed to be an organ donor, and that decision was one more gift to his fellow man.

    Trujillo died Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe as the result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident two days earlier on Interstate 25 near Las Vegas.

    Funeral arrangements were pending as of Sunday, a representative of the family told the Optic.

  • Concert for amantes

    The inclement weather did not appear to have dampened the spirits of a capacity crowd at Highlands’ Ilfeld Auditorium on Saturday evening.

    Billed as NMHU Winterfest — A Mariachi Valentine’s Concert, the performance featured Baila Baila, Mariachi Buenaventura and seven-time Hispano Music Awards nominee Reynaldo Maestas.

  • Gas fire destroys home

    John Singletary had a rude awakening on Wednesday morning. The 73-year-old woke up to an explosion near the kitchen in his home at 1925 Church St.

    The cause of the fire is still being investigated, according to the state fire marshall’s office in Santa Fe. However, questions remain as to which side of the meter the gas that caused the fire came from.

  • UPDATE: Interstate crash stuns community

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    A community is in mourning after Fabian Trujillo, a Las Vegas school teacher, coach and father of four, died as the result of a Tuesday crash near town according to family members and school officials.

    According to New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Craig Martin, Trujillo, 50, was southbound on Interstate 25 near Exit 345 in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon when his Chrysler car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer.

  • Event to sport ‘Army’ attire

    Usually one hears about fashion shows in New York and Paris. This Sunday, however, there’s a one-of-a-kind fashion show right here in the Meadow City.

    The vision of Judee Williams and Anne Bradford will come to life at 3 p.m. Sunday during a fashion show in support of the Las Vegas Salvation Army. The event will take place at the Plaza Hotel ballroom.

  • Despite outcry, wind ordinance moves forward

    Not even the harsh elements of winter could cool the ongoing firestorm surrounding San Miguel County’s proposed wind energy ordinance, as Tuesday’s County Commission meeting showed.

  • Alta Vista CEO ‘hit home’

    Maridel Acosta was born and raised on the tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, but finds the winter wonderland in her new home of Las Vegas heavenly.

    Coincidentally, Puerto Rico is known as the “Island of Enchantment,” while her new home is in the “Land of Enchantment.”

    Acosta said she jumped at the chance to take the Alta Vista job, but found there was an added bonus in moving to Las Vegas.

  • Hospital touts quality, service

    In its annual report to the public, Alta Vista Regional Hospital officials said they have a vital, state-of-the-art facility, comparable to any big city hospital in the state.

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who worked in major hospitals for 11 years, said sometimes people take things for granted. For example, she pointed out the new digital mammography capabilities and the 64-slice CT scanner, while most hospitals operate with 10-slice CT scanners.  

  • Ghost Stories

    The history of Las Vegas is dramatic. The Victorian homes, adobe walls, railroad tracks and streets tell compelling stories of the Meadow City.

    For Henry Rik Abeyta and Angel Roybal, the structures and places hold something different.  For them,  these are homes and locations for ghosts. The “ghost channeling” duo tries to capture photos of the ghosts that have been rumored to appear in the different dwellings.