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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas is born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Even before 1835, farmers and ranchers from San Miguel had raised crops and grazed livestock on the lush meadows along the Rio Gallinas. And as related in our last column, Luis María Cabeza de Baca and his family had settled las vegas as early as 1820.

  • Highlands media arts grads to showcase work

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A record number of 15 New Mexico Highlands University graduating media arts BFA students will present their work in a show, with the opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the media arts building on the NMHU campus at 901 University Ave.

    The exhibition is from Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25 in both wings of the Media Arts Building.

    Media arts professor Miriam Langer’s advanced media projectclass planned the BFA show.

  • Que Pasa - April 18, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen on Monday, April 21.
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.
    • The City Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, April 18 due to the Good Friday holiday. If you have any questions, call 426-3217.

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO

  • Noticias - April 18, 2014

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

  • Prisons end overnight visits

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Joining a growing trend nationally, New Mexico Department of Corrections announced Wednesday it is ending its 30-year-old policy of allowing inmates overnight visits with lovers and family.

    Beginning May 1, inmates in the state’s 11 prisons will no longer be allowed conjugal visits, the agency announced.

  • Three oversight members resign

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, — Half of the members of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission have resigned, citing a lack of independence and inability to provide any real citizen oversight of the troubled department.
    The resignations Tuesday by three members of the civilian review board come less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing report on what it called excessive force and a culture of abuse and aggression at the Police Department. Albuquerque officers have shot at 37 men since 2010, killing 23.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 18, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Dad facing child abuse charges

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque infant is in critical condition after police say she was shaken by her father.
    Police say 22-year-old Stefon Miller first told officers he was playfully tossing the 3-month-old girl in the air when she was injured. Then he said she hurt herself while playing in a bouncing chair.
    A criminal complaint says Miller eventually told police he shook his daughter out of frustration.

  • Mora County Notebook - 102-year-old Lazaro Garcia honored

    Lazaro Garcia celebrated his 102 birthday on Monday, April 14, 2014. The celebration took place at the Mora Senior Center with many family members, friends and well- wishers in attendance as well as the regular seniors who attend the center each day.

    During the lunch hour the Archuletas came to sing Las Mañanitas and some other happy songs. After the lunch Gino Rinaldi, Secretary of New Mexico Aging and Long Service Department presented a commemorative  certificate to Mr. Garcia for his 100 and two years, and community service for many years.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 18, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    8 a.m — Mora County cleanup day, meet at the Southwest Capital Bank parking lot to sign in, get bags, etc.
    Lunch for workers at noon
    TBA — Mora track team, Cuba Invitational, away
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Egg hunt and more, Sierra Bonita Park,north of Guadalupita and Coyote State Park, hot dogs, silent auction, bake sale to benefit Guadalupita Volunteer Firemen Auxiliary
    11 a.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Clayton, home, doubleheader  
    Monday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Memories of the Mountain View Dairy

    Here is a photograph, of a picture from times long ago. That is my late father-in-law, Boge Bartley, proudly standing in front of the Bartley family delivery truck.

    Boge (his proper name was John Fitzhugh) started the dairy in the 1940s. He and his wife, Anna Bell Bartley bought a pasture on the main road leading to Montezuma.

    There were no buildings or improvements there, but electricity and city water were available right next to the road.