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  • People on the street are hurrying by, collars turned up against the chilly February wind.  But you’re basking in the sun in shorts and a tank top, the air freshened by green foliage.   How can this be?  Think greenhouse.  Think sunroom.  Think passive solar.

  • Does your life sometimes feel like it’s on repeat every day? For a long while my life felt like that. Every single day almost seemed the same. At the same time every day I would wake up and get ready for school, I would leave for school at the same time, the lectures at school all sounded the same. (It kind of sounded like the teacher from Charlie Brown....Blah Blah Blah Blah.) After school I’d come to work. Every single day was basically the same schedule, and I never really noticed any of this up until recently.

  • From the many Good Samaritans in Las Vegas six nominees have been chosen for a Good Samaritan Award. This honor will be presented at the United World College’s Benefit to be held on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the UWC Montezuma Castle Cafeteria.

    United World College students are sponsoring this fund-raiser with international foods, special activities and international musical performances in support of Samaritan House and the Cold Weather Shelter.  

  • So who has bragging rights that they are the First Ever New Mexico Hispano Music Associations    “ Youth Group of the Year?” Mariachi Pantera de Pecos Schools. The seven members of Mariachi Pantera competed on Nov. 29, 2008, at the Ohkay Convention Center for the NMHMA Children and Youth Competition. The students performed the song Cariño in front of an audience of almost 400 people, and were judged on performance, technique, and appearance. They competed against two other groups, Mariachi Sol de Valle, and a Mariachi Group from Questa.

  • ‘Small communities all over the world have the power to help each other,” said Jomkaun (Lynn) Theprungsirikul from Thailand and a student at United World College. “Hands reaching out, people from many backgrounds, the great variety of people—this will be a really big event,” said Laura Angeline Pastores of the Philippines, another World College student. “The government may not be working hard to help and that’s why we need people to help,” said Elizabeth Villalobos Zamora from Costa Rica.

  • Let me begin with a confession — although I am trying to live green, I still watch TV. Being a contender for “cheapest man alive,” I have abandoned cable and dish, and I now watch TV for free through several internet television sites, most notably Hulu.com and Fancast.com. I get to watch all sorts of great stuff, but that’s not what this column is really about.

  • The Las Vegas City museum is seeking suggestions for improvement, and has created a community blog to encourage community members to offer their recommendations for change.

  • Imagine walking outside your door and seeing nothing but peace. There’s nobody out there cussing and yelling at each other. Nobody is fighting. Imagine having a world with no race. Everybody full of peace, love and no judgment. Sounds all like a dream, right? It really isn’t; it’s within arm’s reach but nobody seems to realize it.

  • Las Vegas is a community with a heart. When an act of arson caused two valued members of the community to suffer a loss, some of the most talented people in the Las Vegas area joined to put together a fundraising benefit.

    A concert suited to every taste will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.

  • Virtuoso song-and-piano team Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne will present “I Want to Be Bad: The Flapper and Her Song” at the Kluge Auditorium of United World College-USA in Montezuma, New Mexico, on Friday, January 23rd, at 7 p.m. 

    This free concert-lecture is part of the New Mexico Chautauqua and is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

  • It’s the windy and freezing cold. It’s the constant drills. It’s the continuous monotony of buildings needing repair and animals needing care and feeding.

    There are perhaps 500 dogs wandering around the fort.  Soldiers number as many as 1,600. With civilians the total human population rises to 3,500. Food is so bad that when the soldier threw his dinner meat to a dog, the dog just turned away and left it. The officers steal from the men and the men steal from each other. 

  • So finally 2009 is here. This has been a year I’ve been anticipating for a really long time. This is the year I finally start my life. Graduation is around the corner and so are all the opportunities that lie ahead.

    I have to say, bringing in the New Year was not so shabby. All my family was together and having a blast. Now I don’t think you could call my aunty’s party a party — a fiesta sounds more like it.

  • Silver/goldsmith Tito Chavez is the featured artist during the January 10th Second Saturday festivities at Tito’s Gallery on Bridge Street in Old Town Las Vegas. He will demonstrate techniques such as fusing, popcorn casting, and water casting of silver at intervals throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no charge.

  • When mothers and daughters start talking about a book they have just read, they connect on new levels even if they see the story differently.  A good example is the classic, “Pride and Prejudice.”

    Daughters may see the story as old fashioned and the older style English language difficult to understand.  Mothers may see the romance with its conflicts and misunderstandings as tender and endearing.

  • This is a time of celebration for many of us, though we be of diverse traditions, faiths and beliefs. It is a season of feasting, generosity, hospitality, and camaraderie with, family, friends and neighbors. But what do we celebrate during this season, and what do tour celebrations have in common?

  • Its official, fall semester is over, finals are here, and so is vacation. People did warn me that time was going to go by fast, but I didn’t realize it would go by this fast!

    Once winter break starts everything seems to end  fast, as well. Christmas comes and goes, New Year’s Eve comes and then it finally turns to the New Year. This has to be the fastest year I’ve ever lived.

  • ‘Thank God they’re over!” the librarian said.

    “No, not finals, finials,” pronounced FIN-ee-els.” I corrected her.

    “What?”

    “Finials are little decorative do-dads on the top of buildings.”

    “Oh, like Gargoyles?”

    “Yeah, kind of like gargoyles, only they don’t spit water; I’m researching finials.”

  • We tend to think of winter as a time when nothing will grow, but from the plant’s perspective, there are really two winters, and we can take advantage of that fact to have spring veggies sooner than anyone else.

    We can say there are two chronologically distinct winters from the plants’ perspective because there are two factors impacting plant growth in the winter months- limited sunlight and cold climate. The two overlap, but do not occur at exactly the same times.

  • La Trova Productions of Casa de Cultura is continuing its Sunday musical programs at historic El Fidel Hotel.

     On Sunday, Dec.,14, A Mariachi Christmas will feature Mariachi Cardenal from Memorial Middle School and Robertson High.

    They will be accompanied by Mariachi Paisano del Valle, recording artists, with a history of performances throughout New Mexico and other southwest venues.

    Both groups are under the direction of Martin Sena, maestro of mariachi music in northern New Mexico for more than 10 years.

  • Spirits from the past will haunt the Plaza Hotel beginning this weekend. A multimedia video presentation capturing historic Las Vegas characters will be projected onto the windows of the hotel and visible from Plaza Park.

     

    “The Plaza Hotel and Park seems like the perfect place for the Highlands Media Arts video project that focuses on our local history,” said Wid Slick, one of the owners of the Plaza Hotel. “The state designated Las Vegas as an arts and culture community and now it’s up to us to do something about it,” Slick added.