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Today's News

  • My fifteen minutes of fame

    A few weeks ago I found out I was going to be an extra in Run For Her Life, the movie that was filming in town. I was told over the phone to bring a few different outfits and my vehicle, and to be at the West parking lot at 6 a.m. Of course I didn’t object to the early hours, even though I hadn’t gotten up that early in months. I mean, who cared? I was going to be in a movie!

  • A book of blood and thunder

    Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides is a must-read for anyone living in or near Las Vegas. Sides begins his story of Kit Carson here, and the whole work touches on many 19th century events that took place in and around San Miguel County — events such as Gen. Kearney’s speech to the citizens of Las Vegas in the Plaza (1848), the Battle of Glorieta Pass (1862), and the Taos Revolt (1847). Sides will be discussing and signing his book at Bridge Street’s Tome on the Range bookshop next Tuesday as part of Las Vegas’ Heritage Week celebration.

  • FYI

    High school students planning on joining an athletic team this coming fall are reminded they need to complete a sports physical exam. Contact your family physician for details.

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    The 2008 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada. A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

  • Program pushing for rides to bars

    Wendy Armijo, San Miguel County’s DWI coordinator, is not giving up on an idea that has been rejected before.

    Last year, the San Miguel County Commission turned down her proposal to provide free rides to liquor establishments as part of the county’s Safe Ride program. The commission, however, agreed to fund such rides from bars to home.

  • It's GAIN, with pocketbook pain

    You used to hike at McAllister Lake for free. Now it will cost you.

    The state Game and Fish Department is calling it “GAIN.”

    Under GAIN — which stands for Gaining Access Into Nature — a number of popular areas for fishing, hunting and recreation have been designated as wildlife management areas.

    According to Game and Fish’s brochure on the topic, this opens these areas to new activities such as wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, opportunities accessible by hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding.

  • Golf course much improved

    Motorists driving down Mills Avenue don’t get the sense of how much Highlands University’s golf course has improved, as work is just about complete and gates open for duffers in early August.

  • An afternoon with the romantics

    Highlands University’s Performing Arts Club will present “An Afternoon With the Romantics” July 28 at 3 p.m. in Kennedy Hall at 905 University Ave.

    The music of Romantic period composers Brahms and Chopin will be featured, including a highlight of 18 Brahms waltzes. Arias from the same time period, about 1812 to the early 1900s, are also on the program. Beethoven, a Classical-era composer who helped usher in the Romantic period, is also included in the repertoire.

  • THe Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally

    A man with a thick drooping mustache barreled into Las Vegas. He bellied up to the Plaza Hotel saloon bar, scores of his rowdy companions drowning their seat-saddle pain with shots of cheap whiskey. Teddy Roosevelt didn’t ride a Harley, but only because they hadn’t been invented yet.

    This weekend, the third annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally coaxes a new breed of frontiersmen to the Plaza.

  • Feast and family at the Fiesta de Santiago

    James sat on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. The water shimmered, its choppy surface echoing the deep azure of Israel’s morning sky. He held a fishing net in his hands, his fingers carefully darning small holes ripped by the tides.

    His brother and father sat near him, and as they worked, they noticed a peaceful man striding with purpose toward them. Follow me, the man said. James and his brother felt the tug of something divine, something clear and wondrous. They handed their father the repaired nets and placed sandaled feet into wet sand, into a new life with Jesus.

  • All-Star fracas embarrassing end to otherwise beautiful week

    By Richard Tripp

    At what point is the North-South All-Star game not an exhibition and things go too far?