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  • By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas all but reeks of stories. You can hear the whispers of the lives of its forebearers rustling, all but forgotten, among its historic buildings.

    Traveling merchants from far and wide, covered in the dust of the Santa Fe Trail which nurtured them, lurk in the stones of the buildings on Bridge Street.

  • This summer, celebrate the power of music through the 28th Season of Music from Angel Fire, the Festival that brings chamber music to the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Renowned musicians will perform an impressive array of repertory to inspire and delight residents and visitors alike. The Festival will present 14 concerts this summer at the Angel Fire Community Center and the United Church of Angel Fire, the Taos Center for the Arts, the Shuler Theater in Raton and one concert in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium at Highlands University.

  • Within a year of  the railroad’s arrival, the population in east Las Vegas equaled that of west Las Vegas, and between the two communities there was great activity and bustling enterprise. As a result, businessmen in particular began to see the need for basic services which only a municipal government could provide.  

  • By Jesus Lopez

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Silver Threads has recently completed a one-of-a-kind quilt to be raffled at the People’s Fair in August as a fundraiser for Friends of Carnegie Library.
    For June and July the quilt will be displayed at Community First Bank, Bank of Las Vegas, State Employees Credit Union, the City of Las Vegas city hall, Thread Bear and Carnegie Library.

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    Rosita Gallegos, a native of Las Vegas for more than 70 years, celebrated her 104th birthday on Sunday, June 26.

    A party was held in her honor at Vida Encantada Nursing and Rehab Center where she resides.  More than 70 friends and family members gathered for the celebration. She was serenaded by Juan Ortega with the traditional birthday song, “Las Mañanitas,” as well as other Spanish songs. A luncheon buffet of Mexican food was served.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Ane Romero, a New Mexico Highlands University graduate and 2005 Miss New Mexico, recently was tapped for an Excellence in Federal Government Leadership Award for her work on suicide prevention and other mental health issues.

    The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health made the award to Romero, a legislative aid for U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano.

  • For the Optic

    Three weeks until hopeful monsoon. Three weeks until the heavens unleash what fury remains after crying over the Mississippi and Minot floodplains.

    What did Las Vegas do to deserve Mother Nature’s stony dry stare? Look around city streets and you see the crisp gold memory of grass, see old men run hand along rheumy eyes in a desperate attempt to fend off flying dust. Once lush backyards have taken on a gritty slumber; a lone catalpa offers tiny token leaves instead of its once imposing canopy.

  • For the Optic

    Two young boys pressed through the sleepy crowds of the Tri-County Farmer’s Market early one Saturday morning.

    They each carried a handmade loaf of whole grain bread, one long and braided, the other round, earthy, dotted with black and green olives.

    A young baker handed his olive loaf to a woman wearing faded overalls in exchange for a bag of freshly picked salad greens. The woman held the bread to her nose, inhaling its rich, warm aroma through the thin plastic wrap.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, June 4 the Santa Fe National Forest and the Santa Fe Chapter of the Back Country Horseman will host a wilderness trail clearing event in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day. The event will begin at the Aspen Ranch trailhead and will start June 4 and run until June 11.  

  • The 20th annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the Wilson Gym parking lot on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.  

    All children from ages five to 12 years are invited to participate.  The entry fee is $5 which includes a new bicycle helmet.    

    Participants with safe and legal helmets will be admitted for $1.  

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    The Landmark Grill, the El Fidel Restaurant, Mary Ann’s Famous Burrito Kitchen and the Travelers Cafe have applied and been accepted into the Farm to Restaurant project, a local program which networks area farmers  and ranchers with Las Vegas restaurants.

  • The water-logged images washed into our minds and refuse to recede. Jagged-hulled boats grounded upon a sea of mud and death. A shaggy dog hobbling through soaked slats of wood, the remnants of a hundred, a thousand homes.

    Women, men, wailing at the edge of a placid sea, the sea that stole their family, their history. The Japanese tsunami took the lives and possessions of more than ten thousand people, and the world opened its heart and hands to help.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates Board of Directors is sponsoring a fundraiser called the “No Show Ball”.  

    The concept of the “No Show Ball” is that invitations are sent out to potential donors, and instead of spending money for fancy clothes and tickets, the invitees relax, stay home and make a generous contribution to CASA so that we can continue advocating for abused and neglected children who are living in foster care.