• Submitted to the Optic

    Learn about the life of Civil War soldiers in New Mexico, interact with living history participants, participate in kids’ activities such as hand-tinting a daguerreotype or working on a personal journal page, see black powder demonstrations, and hear speakers share their expertise on life during the Civil War in the West at the Pecos National Historical Park annual encampment.

    Starting at 1 p.m. today (Friday) volunteers are being sough to help clean up the battlefield. Volunteers are asked to meet at the visitor center.

  • 3.25.2016

    1 to 5 p.m.
    San Miguel County Offices will be closed in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Offices will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 28.

    1 to 5 p.m.
    The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed at 1 p.m. in observance of Good Friday observance. Office will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 28.


    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Monday, March 28, 1966 — An elderly man, apparently confused by the new traffic lights installed at Grand and University, was injured near noon Saturday when he was struck by a slowly moving automobile as he attempted to cross the intersection. Jose Morales, 74, was taken to a local hospital after an incident where he was treated for a fractured left wrist and released.

  • Wednesday

    HIGH 51° / LOW 20°

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph becoming north 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

    6:59 a.m. to 7:16 p.m.


  • 3.23.2016

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    1 to 5 p.m.
    San Miguel County Offices will be closed in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Offices will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 28.


    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Roasted beet and citrus salad

    Start to finish: 1 hour 30 minutes (30 minutes active)
    Servings: 6

    4 medium beets (preferably multiple colors)
    2 cups grapefruit and orange segments
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    Kosher salt and ground black pepper
    5 ounces baby kale or arugula
    1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
    1/4 cup toasted flake coconut (preferably unsweetened)

  • By Sara Moulton
    The Associated Press

    Cheesecake is usually served cold. So brace yourself for something a little different.

    The first time I made this recipe, I pulled it out of the oven and set it on the counter to cool. The plan was to chill it overnight in the refrigerator. But my dear daughter — also known as The Girl with the Sweet Tooth — just couldn’t wait to dig in. So I handed her a spoon. And when she started babbling with delight, I tried it, too.

  • By Melissa D’Arabian
    The Associated Press

    Who says a holiday roast has to be red meat or poultry? Take a page from my French husband’s family’s book of traditions and serve salmon!

  • The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Red chile and potatoes, pinto beans, flour tortilla, and pumpkin pie with topping
    Sweet and sour pork, oriental vegetables, carrots, fruit cocktail, peanut butter cookie, gelatin with topping
    Green chile cheeseburger, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, French fries, cottage cheese, and peaches
    Lemon baked chicken, rice, cucumber salad with dressing, beets, and spice cake

  • Thursday, March 24, 1966 — And the walls came tumbling down . . . Razing of the Little Theatre and the Radio Studio began Monday when construction crews began preliminary work on the addition to the Student Union Building at Highlands University. The addition, to be built on the site of the leveled buildings by the Cee Bee Construction Co. of Carlsbad, will cost approximately $250,000. The completion date for the addition has been set for Nov. 15.

  • Sunday

    HIGH 59° / LOW 36°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

    7:04 a.m. to 7:13 p.m.



    HIGH 72° / LOW 44°

    Sunny, with a high near 72. Monday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 44.

    7:02 a.m. to 7:14 p.m.


  • The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers,
    with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Sloppy Joe on bun, tossed salad with dressing, green beans, and ice cream
    Carne adovada, pinto beans, spinach, flour tortilla, and pudding
    Chicken noodle soup, caesar salad with dressing, steamed cauliflower, crackers, and pudding
    Baked fish square with lemon wedge, tartar sauce, augratin potatoes, steamed carrots, and sherbet

  • 3.20.2016
    2 p.m.
    “Box Seats,” an afternoon of 10-minute plays will take place at Charlie’s Spic and Span Event Center. Tickets are $10 or $8 for students and seniors. Tickets available at Tome on the Range or at the door. Presented by Nat Gold Players. The show is intended for mature audiences.

    & Ongoing

    March 26

  • Colds and the flu often occur around the same time of year and both have similar, unpleasant symptoms. While it can be hard to differentiate between the two, it’s important to distinguish the cause of your symptoms to determine the best course of treatment.

    The common cold

  • Wednesday, March 23, 1966 — Janet Stover, 12, of Buena Vista won two trophies and a saddle, which she won as a participant in several American Junior Rodeo Association events. The saddle, which is engraved with “World Champion — Optional Rodeo AJRA 1965,” was awarded to Janet for her performance during the nationwide championship calf roping event for girls 12 and under, in Odessa, Texas., Janet, a student at Legion Park School, was chosen All-Around Cowgirl during her first show of the 1965 year.

  • Friday

    HIGH 57° / LOW 24°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

    7:06 a.m. to 7:11 p.m.


    HIGH 51° / LOW 24°

    Partly sunny, with a high near 51. South wind around 15 mph. Saturday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

    7:05 a.m. to 7:12 p.m.


  • Submit your
    calendar items and notices to…
    •The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • 3.19.2016

    3 p.m.
    El Creston Mutual Domestic Consumers Association will hold its annual membership meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave. Items to be discussed include Phase I update, fees, and a water taste test. For more information, contact Joe Zebrowski, 425-6008 or jpzebrowski@gmail.com

    7 p.m.

  • Friday, March 18, 1966 — “Habla Espanol? Quieres hablar Espanol? You can learn, if you enroll in Conversational Spanish 106, an evening course offered by Highlands University this coming spring quarter, March 21- June 3. The course, taught by Jose Pablo Garcia, a member of the Foreign Language Department at Highlands, will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 and will carry four hours undergraduate credit.