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Today's News

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  • Que Pasa - Dec. 27, 2013

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • Second Annual Sobriety Ball, 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 28 at El Burro Enterprise. Los Tropicales will provide musical entertainment for the evening. Donations are being sought for the event. To donate or for more information, call 505-617-5846 or 425-2687.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Noticias - Dec. 27, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • NMHU professor publishes ground-breaking research

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University anthropology professor Warren Lail published groundbreaking research that is the first to find evidence of human occupation of the Cimarron Archaeological District of northeastern New Mexico between A.D. 1415 and 1495.

    Lail used cutting-edge luminescent dating technology to analyze soil compacted in an ancient human cranium, providing key information that allows the remains to be repatriated with the Southern Ute Indian tribe.

  • Project may open in 2014

    The Associated Press

    SANTA TERESA — A $400 million Union Pacific railroad facility near a young New Mexico border town could open next year, according to the company.

    Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Tuesday that construction near Santa Teresa is ahead of schedule and the facility could be operational in 2014. It had been slated to open in 2015.

  • Former Roswell police chief dies

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Al Solis, Roswell’s former police chief and the state’s former interim secretary of the Department of Corrections, died Monday, Roswell officials confirmed. He was 65 and had been battling cancer.

    Roswell City Manager Larry Fry said officials were informed that Solis died in Las Cruces. “He was certainly a man of integrity and had a long, distinguished career in law enforcement,” Fry said.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 27, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Hospital ordered to pay $1 million

    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe hospital has been ordered to pay $1 million to a woman who stopped breathing and nearly died while being treated there in May 2010.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a jury Monday awarded Zelda Jiron $250,000 in compensatory damages and $750,000 in punitive damages in her lawsuit against Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

  • Mora County Notebook: Church presents Christmas story play

    Last Wednesday, the Mora Valley Baptist Church presented its annual Christmas story. The program began with the lighting of candles by the youth.

    The play began with the prediction of John the Baptist’s birth and Jesus birth by Gabriel. Then the visit of the angel to Mary, her visit with Elizabeth, John’s birth, It continued with all the details before the birth of Jesus and the action after the birth as the holy family flees to Egypt. It ended when the family finally returned to Nazareth.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 27, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    TBA — Mora Rangers at Tri-County Tournament, Pecos, varsity

    Next Thursday-Saturday
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes at NRG Tournament, Pojoaque, varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes at Wagon Mound Tournament, junior varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangers at NRG Tournament, Pojoaque, varsity

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The varied stories of the Pecos Wilderness

    This happy holiday time always translates into fun ‘way out here in the mountains. My friends, many in my age group, still send hand-written messages on Christmas cards. Yes, the list gets shorter every year, sadly. Some of the old Gascon Gang have now weathered their last storm. And some even read this column on the internet. I am flattered!