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Today's News

  • Another Perspective: Keeping democracy alive

    By Dede Feldman and Doug Turner

    Happy 238th Birthday, America! It’s also the birthday of the Federal Freedom of Information Act, which appropriately was born on the Fourth of July in 1966. We hope all Americans — Republicans, Democrats and independents — will observe this day by remembering the values that unite rather than divide us.

  • Nuestra Historia - The formidable Don Eugenio

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Born in 1837, Eugenio Romero was two years younger than his brother Trinidad. In 1882 he was elected the first and only mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas, before the eastside broke away and established itself as a separate municipality. (Don Eugenio alone held this distinction for almost 90 years, until the consolidation of our municipalities in 1970).

  • Editorial Roundup - July 4, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Terre Haute Tribune-Star on the need for CASA volunteers (June 28, 2014):
    If you agree that not much is sadder — and potentially more unsettling to our society — than a child torn from his or her home, here is a way you can make a difference, one kid at a time.

  • Lujan, Potter, Saiz, and Gonzales crowned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Sixth Annual Baby/Tiny Miss and Mister Las Vegas Pageant was held last month at West Las Vegas High School.  
    Twenty one girls and five boys competed for the titles in beauty in formal wear and personality in patriotic wear.

    Mariah Devine Lujan won the title of Baby Miss Las Vegas 2014.  She also won the title of Candid Princess and Best Personality. Lujan, 2, is the daughter of Robert and Crystal Lujan.  

  • Que Pasa - July 4, 2014

    TODAYHOY

  • Lucky scratcher for Martinez

    Submitted to the Optic

    A Las Vegas man won a $50,000 prize from the New Mexico Lottery.

    Beating odds of 1 in 160,000, Ernest Martinez revealed the prize in a “$50,000 Gold Rush” Scratcher™ that he bought along with his lunch on Wednesday.  He played the $5 game in his truck before leaving the store’s parking lot.   

    “I started laughing,” Martinez recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque.  “And I laughed all the way home.  It was so exciting.”  

  • Red Cross issues holiday safety tips

    Submitted to the Optic
    This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.
    “Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday,” said Josett Valdez Negley, Interim Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico.

    Highway safety

  • Mora County Notebook - Groundbreaking held for senior center

    Recently, a great event took place in Wagon Mound as a group of people gathered on the outskirts of Wagon Mound for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new senior citizens center.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - July 4, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Monday
    9 am. to 11 a.m. – Vacation Bible School, Mora Presbyterian Church, for children and youth
    5:30 p.m. — Advisory board meeting, Mora Valley Community Health Services, MVCHS administration Building
    Wednesday
    Junior Ranger Camp for ages 7 and 8, Fort Union National Monument. For reservations, call 425-8025.
    Thursday
    Junior Ranger Camp for ages 9 and 10, Fort Union National Monument. For reservations, call 425-8025.
     
    Friday

  • Palabras Pintorescas: We aren’t just the other Las Vegas any more

    As I continue to marvel at the huge newspaper story in my old, ragged copy of the Denver Post (May 30, 1954) The July issue of New Mexico Magazine lands in my mailbox. “Las Vegas Historic Revival” is headlined on the cover, no less!
    Turn to page 36, and you will discover seven (yes, 7) pages of fabulous photographs and text about “our town,” no less.