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Letters

  • St. Isidore and prayer

    I recall growing up where culture, traditions and faith worked hand in hand. Most of the people in the Mora Valley back in the ‘30s and ‘40s made their living off their crops.
    They had what they called the dry years, and the wet years. During the dry years people would take the statue of St. Isidore and parade him through the fields and the people would be blessed with rain.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the volunteers and board members of the Comedor de San Pascual, I would like to thank the community for its support of our efforts to offer a free evening meal at the Senior Center in Old Town.

  • Curmudgeon, yes, but not always

    Las Vegas did indeed lose a local legend with the death of Robert Jones on May 25.
    Mr. Jones often presented a very gruff exterior, but those who could get past that knew one of the most kind-hearted, loyal and generous friends anyone could ever ask for.

  • Prepare for, and prevent, fires

    The current fires burning across the country, and in particular those in our state and adjacent counties are bound to have everyone on edge. For this reason I found it important to share a scary situation we had in the neighborhood recently.

    At approximately 7 p.m., a police car sped by on East National Avenue, and soon after came a fire truck. From my front porch I saw black smoke rising which seemed to be coming from two blocks away under the University Avenue Bridge exit from I-25.

  • No fireworks for the holiday

    Let’s see if I understand this. Fireworks are banned in San Miguel County, but people can set them off in Las Vegas?

    Walk around town. Everyone has yards full of dead grass and weeds. The trees are half dead and dried out. The town is a tinderbox.  

    The people of Luna, Carlsbad, Raton, and now Santa Fe are, or have been, living with the fear of losing their homes to fire.

    But, no doubt because of the precious fiestas, we are going to let people in Las Vegas play with fireworks this July?

  • City executed a brilliant idea

    I want to thank the brilliant person that suggested selling effluent for a very reasonable price to anyone wishing to save their yard and landscaping. This is one of the best ideas the city has ever had. Having watched previous droughts and the resulting expense of replanting and landscaping, this is a wonderfully practical thing the city has done. It will also be helpful with tourism.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of myself and my family, I wish to extend sincere appreciation to my fellow employees at the San Miguel County Jail and other county employees who have and continue to donate their annual leave on my behalf. I would also like to thank community members for their help while I recover from my cancer treatment.

    Manuel M. Chavez
    Las Vegas

  • Name someone from up here

    The hunters and fishermen of northeast New Mexico have been waiting a long time to have someone like us as our region’s representative on the State Game Commission. Gary Johnson and Bill Richardson ignored us. And so far at least, so has Gov. Susana Martinez, though hopefully she’ll change that.

  • AAUW Book Sale was successful

    The recent AAUW Book Sale, the first one held outdoors, was a success, despite the intervals of rain, with thanks to many people: those who donated books, those who bought books, and those who volunteered their time.  

    Most important was the assistance of the United World College in allowing the AAUW to use its facility for storage of donated books and to hold the event on the grounds of U-7, the former Baptist Church. Thanks also to UWC-USA  for lending 15 tables on which to display the books.

  • Sheepherders, dads and stepdads

    Father’s Day is fast approaching, so I thought I would write this article, even if the dads mentioned have passed on to a better life.

    It has been said that, “The true influence of a father will show up in the lives of his offspring.”

    If you are ever in Cheyenne, Wyo., and you get a chance to visit the Wyoming State Museum, you will probably be surprised to see the pictures of two Mora residents who went to Wyoming in 1939 to work as sheepherders. Their names are Martin Esquibel and Adolph Sandoval.