Today's News

  • Noticias - Sept. 12, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help with the medical treatment expenses for Joel Baca. He has been receiving medical treatment in Denver at the University of Colorado Hospital and is battling several medical problems. The donation account is under Joel Baca at Wells Fargo bank.

  • State Fair parade Saturday

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    In honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th anniversary as official “spokesbear” for wildfire prevention across the United States, the New Mexico State Fair has invited him to be the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade.

    Dan Mourning, EXPO New Mexico’s general manager, announced that Smokey and his friends from the New Mexico State Forestry Division have said yes.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 12, 2014


  • RHS grad receives scholarship

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    Nathan L’Esperance,  a 2014 Las Vegas Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the 33rd Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Las Vegas Robertson High School student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.  

    An outstanding scholar athlete L’Esperance was the starting quarterback and captain of the RHS Cardinal Football Team.

  • Psychiatrist will highlight confab

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    How do we foster brain development and create safe and healthy environments for children to thrive?

    Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist who has served as a consultant in the Columbine school shootings and other traumatic events, will present on “The Power of Early Childhood” at the annual First Born® Conference taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo. Sept. 12 is the deadline for registration.

  • West Las Vegas Schools to celebrate homecoming

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    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts Monday. This year’s them is “West Las Vegas: Where Dreams Come True.”

    Dress up days are: Monday - Opposite Day; Tuesday - Generation Day, freshman 70s, sophomores 50s, juniors 60s, seniors 80s, and faculty 20s; Wednesday - Twisted Disney, Thursday - freshman Star Wars, sophomores, Pixar, juniors ESPN, seniors Marvel and staff, Old School Disney; Friday - Green and Gold Day.

    A pep rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school gymnasium.

  • Georgia students rally for teacher who talks about faith

    The Associated Press

    CANTON, Ga. — Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

    Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 12, 2014


    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers Market, Southwest Capital Bank parking lot
    7:30 p.m. — Mora Community Theatre production of “Little Red and the Riding Hoods,” by Jen McVetty, Mora Gym

    5 p.m. — Mora middle school volleyball vs. West Las Vegas, home
    TBA — Mora cross country at Taos
    7:30 p.m. — Mora Community Theatre production of “Little Red and the Riding Hoods,” by Jen McVetty, Mora Gym


  • Another adventure: Finding a cutting knife in hay

    “It is like trying to find a needle in a haystack” now has a new meaning for me.

    Son John is cutting almost waist-high hay in a 10-acre patch, a field just below my house. Suddenly he has a job for me.

    He has lost a cutting knife of the mower, and it has to be found before it punctures a tractor tire. All I need to find it is a magnet and possibly a pitchfork.

  • Little Red and the Riding Hoods

    Mora residents are up for a special treat this weekend. The Mora Community Theatre group will present “Little Red and the Riding Hoods” for three shows starting tonight (Friday).

    The show contains Mora area residents of all ages. The production is a spin on the classic story; just think wilder.

    The show is under the direction of Connie Krusemark and Sandi Robles. Peggy Meeks is serving as stage manager.