• Thursday, Oct. 14, 1965 — J.D. Vasquez, principal of Las Vegas Junior High School, has been named curriculum supervisor for Las Vegas City Schools. Board approval was given to Vasquez’ appointment at their meeting last night. Other changes included the appointment of Clyde Turner as principal of the junior high school and Mrs. Mildred Smith as assistant principal at the junior high. The board also approved the hiring of new teachers, Miss Elena Alvarez, Miss Marjorie Sandoval and Robert Gallegos. All will teach business subjects.

  • Friday

    HIGH 56° / LOW 40°

    Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
    7:08 a.m. to 6:24 p.m.


  • 10.17.15

    9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    Making water out of rocks, healing arroyos and conserving water, presentation will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at King Ranch in Watrous. The workshop will be lead by Reineke Construction and is open to the public. Event organized by the put on by the “Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.” For more information, call Lea Knutson at 425-5514 or 505-617-1360.

    2 p.m.

  • 10.14.15

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

    4 to 7 p.m.
    Annual 4-H enrollment will take place at the county fairgrounds. Anyone interested in learning more about 4-H or in becoming a member should attend this open house. All current members must re-enroll. For more information, call 454-1497.

    5:30 p.m.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Zoe Pregnancy Center will be hosting a Laugh For Life Comedy Night featuring Paul Aldrich on Thursday at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of Highlands University.

    The comedy show begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 and children 12 and younger are free. The event is a benefit for the Zoe Pregnancy Center.

  • Mora County is the place to be for some music, food, and plenty of fun as summer comes to a close. In Cleveland, just two miles north of Mora off NM 518, sits a tranquil park that will be booming with action during the Cleveland Millfest. The fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    The three-story water-powered flour mill serves as the backdrop for festivities during the two-day festival. This year’s fest features more than 60 artists, food, dancers, tours and plenty of musical entertainment.

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    New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health are hosting a no-cost Domestic Well Water Testing event in San Miguel County today (Wednesday) and Thursday at the El Valle Water Alliance Office.

    This money-saving opportunity is the chance for San Miguel County households to check pH, specific conductance, and the levels of fluoride, iron, sulfate, nitrate, and manganese in the well water.

  • By Megan Favignano
    Columbia Daily Tribune

    COLUMBIA, Mo. — While some go to the doctor once a year, many residents at the TigerPlace assisted living community in southeast Columbia get a virtual checkup every day.

    Wireless sensor systems installed in about half of the community’s living spaces constantly monitor residents’ vitals and calculate their risk of falling.

  • By Lindsey Tanner
    AP Medical Writer

    CHICAGO — A pediatricians’ group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.

    The interim guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year that found that exposure to peanuts in infancy seemed to help build tolerance — contrary to conventional thinking.

    Baby-suitable foods used in the study included smooth peanut butter, peanut soup and finely ground peanuts mixed into yogurt and other foods.

  • The Associated Press

    NM monitoring air quality

    ALBUQUERQUE  — State health and environment officials are closely monitoring New Mexico air quality in the wake of wildfires still burning in the Pacific Northwest.
    Officials from the state Department of Health and Environment Department say the air quality may change on a daily basis.
    They are advising residents, especially in areas where there is no air quality monitoring equipment, to check out the visibility in the air.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets. Francis will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Sen. Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Music from Angel Fire presents its Las Vegas concert starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University. The 2015 festival season, titled Made in America, celebrates American composers and music, as well as international composers that were inspired by America, or wrote special works while in residence here. Each program is hand-selected by violinist Ida Kavafian, now in her 31st season as artistic director.

  • The Meadow City Music Festival kicks off today with a free performance by Floozy at Plaza Park. The event will run until Sunday.

  • The Meadow City Music Festival kicks off next Friday with a free performance by Floozy at Plaza Park. The event will run until Monday.

  • A century ago, Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, set off for the West with a group of friends. They traveled from Detroit to San Francisco in a 1915 Model T. During their outing one of Edsel Ford’s documented stops included an overnight stay at a Harvey House Hotel in Las Vegas.

    He wrote, “Arrived in Las Vegas at 10:30 p.m. — Harvey Hotel,” dated on Monday, July 5, 1915.

    The group arrived from Walsenburg, Colo., making its way down Raton Pass and stopping for dinner in Wagon Mound.

    From Las Vegas they departed for Santa Fe.

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    Officials for the Las Vegas Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration scheduled for the first nine days of August have announced that Gov. Susana Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco will ride horseback in the historic non-motorized parade on Saturday.

  • 8.1.15

    10 a.m.
    Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration Parade will begin at the Railroad Roundhouse, north on Railroad Avenue until Douglas Avenue, west on Douglas until 12th Street, north of 12th Street until National, west on National and Bridge Street and ending at Plaza Park. For more information visit, www.lvcowboyreunion.com.

    1 to 10 p.m.

  • With the Centennial Cowboys Reunion just one week away, we’re taking a look back at some of the moments from past reunions that made the event such an enduring tradition for more than half a century.

    The first Cowboys Reunion was held in Las Vegas in July 1915. Cowboys from throughout the region gathered in Las Vegas for a rodeo and parade and other events that gave them the opportunity to get reacquainted and socialize. Those reunions continued in one form or another until 1967, although there was a time-out for the Great Depression years.