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Centuries of traditions Las Vegas Optic
Navajo dancers Deidra Lee, left, and Caroline Chapo demonstrated a traditional “corn dance” during Fort Union Days, held last weekend at Fort Union National Monument. More photos will be published in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic
Navajo dancers Deidra Le and Caroline Chapo, who demonstrated a traditional “corn dance,” were among the many presenters during Fort Union Days, held last weekend at Fort Union National Monument.

This year’s events focused on the presence of non-Anglo people in the area, with programs focusing on the Navajo Diné and Jicarilla Apache cultures and the Buffalo Soldiers.

More photos will be published in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

Qué Pasa, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Las Vegas Optic

Thursday, June 21
Fort Union National Monument’s June “Glimpses of the Past:” series will be presented by Harriet Frieberger and entitled “Visionary or Villain: A Night of Lucien Maxwell.” This program will be held at 7 p.m. at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., Las Vegas. For information, visit or like the Fort Union page on Facebook.

Friday, June 22

Media Arts interns make their mark at cultural in... Las Vegas Optic

By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

Fifteen New Mexico Highlands media arts and technology students will make their mark at cultural institutions throughout the state this summer using the latest multimedia technology.

The paid internships are thanks to a collaborative funding model between the Newman’s Own Foundation, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and New Mexico cultural institutions.

A dose of teardrop therapy Las Vegas Optic

I needed to reach for my box of Kleenex before starting this column. I promise this effort will not be the “‘bawl-o-rama’ of the ages,” but since I’m in a bit of a funk anyway, well, what better way to vent than to put things in writing?

Many years ago, cousin Chris, who is about my age, chummed around with me when I visited in Santa Fe. Soon, an uncle drove up, and I ran to greet him. But before I got to the car, his terrier leaped up from the back seat and took a chunk out of my chest, right at the nipple.

Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Las Vegas Optic

Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Isotopes turn down the Sounds Las Vegas Optic

Reversing course after giving up a sweep to Memphis, the Albuquerque Isotopes climbed back to even on the season with a third straight win over Nashville on Monday night at Isotopes Park.

Albuquerque (35-35) won 3-2, holding on in a decent effort for both defenses. The win puts the Isotopes back in second place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern, five games behind Salt Lake (40-30).

Five locals All-State on the diamond Las Vegas Optic
Kendra Duran, a May graduate of Robertson, is one of five Las Vegans who earned All-State recognition this week for their work on the baseball or softball diamonds this past season. Duran chalked up 162 strikeouts and posted an earned run average of 1.99 in leading the Lady Cardinal softball team to 16 of their 21 wins.

Several Las Vegas student-athletes have been honored with all-state recognition in baseball and softball by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. All-state honors were announced this week.



The first-team all-state for Class 4A includes Robbie Alarcon, senior pitcher from West Las Vegas; Brandon Lucero, junior pitcher from Robertson; Richard Armijo, senior utility player from Robertson.

Alarcon was also named second-team all-state as an outfielder.


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