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Today's News

  • Work of Art: ‘But it’s in black and white’

    Back in the olden days, in the era of black-and-white movies and TV-less households, the weekend highlight for many Las Vegans was going to see a Western, or at least something with lots of action, but no romance.

    We had three movie houses in Las Vegas: The SERF, which has been transformed into a dance-dining hall but still retains its marquee; the Kiva, closed for decades, on Bridge Street, whose favorite flicks were in Spanish; and the Coronado, at Sixth and University. The building stands, but no movie has been shown in decades.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Aspens are durable; human feet, not so much

    It automatically is a given… July brings the beginning of monsoon season to our mountains.

    I realize our weather patterns are changing, and this is the first July 4 celebration here with no rain in the forecast. When our guest ranch was in full swing here we had more than one picnic rained out.

    We have a large cast iron grill, a cooker/smoker made long ago by big boss Jim for just such events and somehow the hamburgers were never as tasty as those cooked on the fireplace down the creek.

  • Mora sluggers showcased

    Continuing its recent showing on the diamonds, Mora Little League fielded two All-Star teams for competition in the District 4 tournaments this summer.

    The 10-12 year-old team included Marcus Montoya, Casey Benjamin, Arieanna Velasquez, Jeremiah Romero, Dante Alcon, Joaquin Manuel Jr, Dillion Pacheco, Kristen Trujillo, Isabella Martinez, Isaiah Atencio and Jordan Martinez. It was coached by Manuel Benavidez, Joaquin Manuel and Jolynn Benavidez. Bottom row:

  • Go Fish — Aug. 6, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week

    Conchas Lake: Glenn Garcia of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch walleye July 30. He was using a 3-inch tube.

  • New dates for Summer Slam hoops

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Summer Slam, the City of Las Vegas-sponsored three-on-three tournaments, will now be played Aug. 19-20 instead of their originally scheduled dates. That means a little extra time for area hoopsters to register.

    The deadline is now Aug. 14. The entry fee for each team is $100. Checks and money orders may be mailed to City of Las Vegas, Abe Montoya Recreation Center, 1751 North Grand Ave., Las Vegas, NM 87701.

  • Round Rock and a hard place

    A couple of days after notching his second Pacific Coast League Player of the Week award, Ryan Mc Mahon pounded a solo home run against Round Rock on Thursday night.

    But that would be the only scoring for the Albuquerque Isotopes as they began an eight-game road trip.The host Express confined Albuquerque’s offense to only three hits — including McMahon’s homer in the top of the fourth inning — and went on to a 6-1 victory.Tyler Wagner, who started on the mound for Round Rock, collected just his third pitching win with a masterful performance.

  • An early September to remember

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The theme for this year’s New Mexico Highlands University’s homecoming festivities is “Highlands Home Field Advantage – Blazing New Trails” — and the theme will be used very early in the school year.

  • Lawsuit alleges Co-op chair is using water illegally

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Mora County man is being sued by a group of northern Wagon Mound-area farmers over water use and rights. A group filed a lawsuit in New Mexico’s Fourth Judicial District in Mora County, seeking an injunction against Robert M. Quintana and his company and Phoenix Ranch operation to stop what is described as “illegal water use” in court documents filed in April.

  • City of Las Vegas now has e-billing

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Out of the mailbox and into the inbox.

    ity of Las Vegas utility customers can now save paper and postage and get their monthly utility bills by email. The feature, called “e-billing,” is a recently-added feature to the City’s online bill-pay website, which has been operational since February 2017.

  • NMDOT has several projects in/near Las Vegas

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    In addition to the ongoing Highway 434 project in northern Mora County, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has two other smaller projects beginning soon near Las Vegas.

    Crack sealing operations resume this week on Highway 104 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 5, both eastbound and westbound, just east of I-25. On North Grand Avenue in Las Vegas, at the Douglas Avenue Intersection, a streetlight repair project will be in operation Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 4 through Aug. 11.