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Today's News

  • Lawmaker’s Perspective - Budget cuts can be repaired

    The budget cuts under consideration during the current legislative session are a painful continuation of cuts we’ve made for the last several years. But the recession that has forced these cuts is ending and there is hope that critical services can be restored as early as this fall.

  • Nuestra Historia - Kearney’s march into Las Vegas

    Some 1,150 people lived in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846. It was a Saturday morning.

    Only 11 years earlier the 36 original settlers had built their adobe houses around a central plaza.

    They and others who joined them grazed their livestock on the lush meadows and planted their crops along the Rio Gallinas, and many families had already established their home sites and ranchitos away from the plaza.

  • Orgullo del Norte - A clash of two cultures

    “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
    —Churchill

    The village of Acoma is the oldest continually inhabited village in the United States (over 800 years). In 1540, it was Coronado’s expedition who first laid European eyes on the Acoma Pueblo and their people.

    The clash came 58 years later in 1598 (Spanish colonization). Legend has it that the Acoma people invited the Spanish in with a promise of food and shelter, then orchestrated an ambush.

  • Que Pasa - March 4, 2011

    TODAY HOY

  • Noticias - March 4, 2011

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

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora Valley’s first ambulance service

    This is a history that was sent by Billy G. Rogers when he found it as he was going through the family papers. The rest of the story is the update of the Mora ambulance since that time in our history.

    Not many people know this but the first ambulance service to Mora Valley was created in March 1973. The Rogers Brothers, Leroy C. and Alfred E. Jr. and Billy G. Rogers, owners of the Gonzales Funeral Home in Las Vegas, donated the ambulance service to the citizens of Mora Valley.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Happy endings to goofy ranch stories

    The network of friends and family that know this old ranch so well keep in contact with us, and more particularly when the weather is record breaking across this big country. Several of those who contact us remember the big snows, the real cold and the ongoing snow shovel time spent just to keep the ranch animals dry and fed.

    I can report that not much has changed in the past 50 years. When the snowflakes fly and the temperatures really drop and the barometric pressure drops as well, a cow will decide it is time to deliver her calf, whether she is in term or not.

  • Let the Madness begin!

    As Gillie Lopez Gym public-address announcer John Baca would say, “Let’s get ready for some HOOOOOOOPS!”

    High school basketball teams across the state, including  Robertson’s boys and girls, West Las Vegas’ girls, Mora’s boys and girls, and Pecos’ girls  open their state tournament quests this weekend.

  • Grizzlies end Cowboys’ season in double OT

    Adams State outscored New Mexico Highlands 14-6 in the second overtime period late Tuesday, pulling away for a 106-98 win in the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout.

    It was a war of attrition, as five Cowboys and four Grizzlies fouled out of the game. Highlands’ leading scorer Thomas Manzano was among the casualties, fouling out early in the final overtime period.

  • Dons sluggers bully Braves

    The most promising Dons baseball season in recent memory took off on the right foot Tuesday, with West Las Vegas overpowering Santa Fe Indian School 15-6 in a two-hour, 45-minute game that defied sundown at WLV Field.

    Nicholas Aragón’s debut in green and gold (after transferring from Robertson over the summer) was a success. He filled in at second base and went 3 for 3 at the plate, with a walk, a steal and two runs batted in.

    Corey Archibeque went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and drove in three runs.