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Today's News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Inmate faces murder charges

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Arizona inmate accused of killing an Oklahoma couple after escaping from prison last summer will appear in federal court after being sentenced on state charges.

    John McCluskey is scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

    McCluskey was one of three inmates who authorities say escaped from an Arizona prison last July and went on a crime spree.

  • Road closures for the fiestas

    Submitted to the Optic

    There will be no parking in the Plaza Park area starting from 6 a.m. Friday, July 1 for setup. Total closures will be in effect from Friday, July 1 at 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 4. ADA/Handicap parking will be the only exception as long as a valid permit is displayed. All others will be towed at owners expense.

    Road Closures:  

  • Que Pasa - July 1, 2011

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • Robertson High School class of 1981 is having its 30-year class reunion from July 1 to July 3. For more information, call 429-2731.

    • The RHS class of 1971 will hold its 40th class reunion on July 1 and 2. It is not too late to register. If you have not been contacted or would like more information, call Annette at 429-1085, or e-mail at turquoiseskyag@hotmail.com.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FIESTAS! It starts tonight, with the Mass and reinas coronation, then tomorrow begin  three full days of music, dance, fun and games. It’s time for Las Vegas’ 123rd fiestas!

    Here are some suggestions on what not to miss:

    • The music. All day, for three days, until Plaza Park closes Monday afternoon. Headliners this year include Gonzalo and Jerry Dean on Saturday, Al Hurricane and Sorela on Sunday; and El Gringo and Darren Cordova y Calor on Monday.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 1, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Fiestas!

    Since Las Vegas was founded in 1835, fiestas have been celebrated at the Old Town Plaza, but a Fourth of July celebration did not begin until 1882.

    Before then, grand celebrations were held on the Plaza for traditional Hispanic religious funciones on July 25 and 26, los días de Santiago y Santa Ana (St. James the Greater, patron saint of Spain, and St. Anne, patron saint of mothers and family). These religious feast days have been celebrated by the Hispanic community for centuries, and are still commemorated throughout New Mexico.

  • Orgullo del Norte - Setting the record straight

    Since I began writing Orgullo del Norte, I have received numerous remarks from readers. The vast majority of comments received have been positive.

    However, there are some readers who believe that, politically, I am on the far right and others that think I am on the far left. Some have even come to the assumption that I believe that historically, all whites are racist and have even been asked if I were anti-Spanish.

    Allow me to set the record straight.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora schools bustling with summer activities

    The Mora School grounds are not vacant for the summer. Although school is out there is a lot going on.

    There is a basketball camp under way for the young people who are aspiring to be on the Rangers and Rangerettes team in the future.

    Another basketball camp just finished which included children from ages 6 to 13 under the  direction of James Branch, the new Mora Rangers basketball coach.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - July 1, 2011

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    1 p.m. — Fiesta Volunteers meeting, Mora Court House
    3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Mora County Farmers Market begins
    Sunday
    2:30 p.m. — VFW Ladies Auxiliary regular meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. — VFW regular meeting, VFW Hall
    Monday
    1 p.m. — Crochet Ole Class begins, Senior Citizens Center
    Tuesday

  • Palabras Pintorescas: State’s landscape is changing

    There is a change in our New Mexico landscape. I have said for a long time our state flower should really be the broken down car that decorates so many yards in this state. The high price of steel suddenly brings a welcome change as all sorts of old junk steel is now hauled off and sold.