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  • Looking Ahead - News July 1, 2011

    Fourth of July Fiestas under way

    The fiestas are in full swing this weekend. Among the activities: a parade beginning a 9 a.m. Saturday that will start at Paul D. Henry and end at the Alco parking lot; multiple entertainers will perform at Plaza Park Saturday, Sunday and Monday. And don’t forget the Bridge Street Art Market.

  • Weather - July 1, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5-15 mph.  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58.


  • FYI - News

    There have been a few changes to the published Fiesta Guide. The chile and salsa cook-off has been cancelled. On Sunday: Reynaldo Maestas will play from 11:15 a.m. to noon; Passión de los Tambores will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.; Mariachi group The Four Amigos will play from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.;. and the Nahalt Shalom Community Klezmer Band will play from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

  • 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.

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  • Que Pasa - July 1, 2011

    • 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.