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Today's News

  • Remains in Mora identified

    A Mora County homeowner stumbled onto human remains last month, and when state police showed up to investigate they found additional human remains on an adjoining property.

    On Wednesday, state police announced that the state Office of the Medical Investigator has identified the remains as belonging to 45-year-old Maxine Patsy Trujillo, a resident of Mora and Las Vegas.

    Agents with the state police investigations bureau and OMI are trying to determine the manner and cause of death, state police Lt. Eric Garcia said in a news release.

  • Volcano Venture

    For 4-year-olds, most everything is new, and learning is exciting and fun.

    Kids that age are beginning to learn the basics: how to say their first and last names, letters in the alphabet and numbers and colors.

    Eileen Ortiz’s pre-kindergarten class at the West Las Vegas school district has been studying “Vinnie Volcano,” a book about a character that rescues his friends from a smoking volcano. The book is written predominately in words that begin with the consonant V. Kids create their own volcano by following directions in the book.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. It’s good to see the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps come around with the program still in place and running strong. Some 200,000 Americans, including more than 2,000 New Mexicans, have served in this matter in 139 countries over the years.

  • 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.