Today's Features

  • Time does fly when I’m having fun, and this winter has been no different. I am so inhibited to my faithful readers, and to my editors who catch my writing/spelling mistakes.

    A very special Christmas card came from a long time friend here.

    This greeting will be paid forward, for sure. And I just learned from Ron and Elaine Querry that Las Vegas will have a Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial Celebration July 31 to Aug. 9 this year. What welcome news to all of us rodeo fans, and you will read more about this soon.

    • Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Leroy Lujan of LNM Plumbing, Jessica McGee of The Rock Taproom and Grill, and Diana Whitten of Wild Bill Barbecue, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, at El Fidel Hotel. Open to the public. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

    • Knights of Columbus annual free throw contest for boys and girls ages 9 through 14, registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with contest at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 at the West Las Vegas High School gym. Parents/guardians must bring their child’s birth certificate on the day of the competition. Call Manuel Carrillo at 505-652-8522 or Raymond Lujan at 429-0532.


  • The Mora and Pecos rivalry at its best was shown on the court during last Friday’s homecoming games at Mora High School. For me it was the cycle of history repeating itself once again.

    Despite having a big rivalry on the floor, there are so many connections between the small northern New Mexico towns. For one, the main sport for both school districts, hence, the rivalry on the hardwood. Another connection is the number of people between the two towns that are related or good friends.


    6 p.m. —  Mora Little League elections, Tapetes de Lana

  • My friends know how unorganized I am, but once in a while I actually discover something that was put where it belonged. This time, Yes­—it does happen... I noticed some folders or something of that nature in a bookshelf totally devoted to children’s books. I must say I don’t get into that bookcase often now because I don’t have small children nearby, in my family now.

    • Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, Casa de Cultura and La Milpa Community Garden’s community volunteer day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 at La Milpa Community Garden located at 319 Taos St. The day is in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Volunteers will build raised garden beds, remove trees and weeds, and perform basic garden cleaning duties to get the community garden ready for spring planting. For more information, contact lgarcia@hermitspeakwatersheds.org.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant moon floats in a deep blue New Mexico night sky above purple mountains framed by golden autumn foliage.

    Abstract blocks of vivid orange, violet, green and yellow curve across the canvas, hinting at a mountain silhouetted at sunset. These are two of the 30 paintings featured in the “Frank McCulloch 50 Year Retrospective — The Abstract Years” art exhibit that opened on Monday at Highlands University, with an artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.