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Las Vegas Optic (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Las Vegas, New MexicoPolice investigate battery case Monday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Tuesday A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. 50 centslasvegasoptic.com Monday-Tuesday May 25-26, 2015 Inside Looking back Weather FYI Looking ahead Vol. 136, no. 62 1 secTion, 8 Pages Sunrise ... Sunset 5:50 a.m. to 8:06 p.m. Remembering the dead Honor FligHt Mercy López/Optic photo Army veteran, Herman Saiz, 90, holds up some of his medals from serving in World War II from 1944 to 1946 as part of the Company G of the 2nd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. From June 10 to June 12 he will visit Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico. Since his honorable discharge in 1946 he has been active in the local DAV and VFW posts. World War II vet to visit D.C. Nephew is new Mora school chief Board chairman’s relative hired The white granite markers of those killed in World War Two have proven to be resilient, immune to the rains and snow, and winter freezes, and violent summer storms. These rock statues have now endured almost 70 years. They stand as lone- ly and silent-senti- nels over the cemeteries of Northern New Mexico. Last Memorial Day, the Las Vegas Optic published, “A Sacred Pledge.” In this piece I wrote about the repatriation of the World War Two War dead back to their home places in the communities surround- ing Mora, N.M., I told of three vet- erans, one of them, my father, who pledged to attend every funeral. Between late 1946, 1947 and 1948 they attended more than 70 funer- als of those servicemen killed in Europe, and then from the Far East. The repatriation of the War dead is sometimes an overlooked piece of our history. Jose Filimon Pacheco Jr. was born February 17, 1926, and was listed in the 1940 U.S. Census as a 14-year- old boy living in Rainsville. He lived with his Father, Filimon, a farmer, and his mother, Ermilinda, a house- wife. His brother Antonio, is listed as living in the household, age 7. Last summer, I was invited to attend the Pacheco family reunion in Rainsville, just south of Mora. Tony Pacheco is now 80, and I was there in hope that he would help me iden- tify several old family photographs that came to our family. One of them was of a baby, and he immediately told me that this was “Pachecito” his oldest brother, first born in a family of nine sisters, and four brothers. The Pacheco reunion is a yearly event, gathering the extended families of 11 remain- ing sons and daughters of Filimon and Ermilinda Pacheco. Tony Pacheco was 12 when three veterans from Mora arrived to help bury his brother at the Rainsville ‘Pachecito’ died in Germany at age 19 See Remembering, Page 2 By Mercy López Las Vegas Optic The Mora Independent School District has hired the nephew of school board chairman George A. Trujillo to serve as the district’s superintendent for the next three years. During a board meet- ing last week, Charles Trujillo was hired by a 3-2 roll-call vote. His uncle George A. Tru- jillo voted in favor of the motion. The vote came after the board interviewed Charles Trujillo and Vol- cano Vista High School Assistant Principal Matt Lindsey. George A. Tru- jillo said the district and his nephew are currently in negotiations over sal- ary. George A. Trujillo said both applicants were highly qualified and the board “decided to go with Charles.” According to draft meeting minutes pro- vided in response to an Optic public records request, board vice chair Tranquilino Hurtado motioned to hire Charles Trujillo on a three-year contract with a second by board secretary Dennis Romero. Board members See Nephew, Page 2 By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas police say a man was airlifted to Uni- versity of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque last Saturday after he sustained a major head injury during an alterca- tion with two other men at a parking lot on south Grand Avenue. The injured man, Joseph Sena, was on life support and listed in crit- ical condition as of Thurs- day, Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said. The case remains under investigation with police trying to identify the sus- pects. A police report on the incident released to the Optic on Thursday evening states that the incident occurred at the Allsup’s parking lot at 113 South Grand Ave. According to the report: An officer was dis- patched to the location at 10:42 p.m. on May 17 in reference to an unwanted male subject. The caller reported that the man was harassing customers. See Police, Page 2 By Mercy López Las Vegas Optic Herman Saiz is a sur-vivor and hero to many. The World War II veteran had many close ones while serving in the U.S. Army. Now, his stroke of luck will lead him to the nation’s capital as part of Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico honoring his service in World War II. Saiz, 90, a Las Vegas native, will travel with his grandson and Iraq veteran Charles J. Otero III, as part of the program that provides World War II veterans or ter- minally ill veterans a chance to see memorials built in their honor. “I am excited for the trip,” Saiz said during an interview at his humble Las Vegas home filled with pictures of his family and veteran mementos last week. But for Saiz visiting the nation’s capital, having a family, and surviving what he described as hell is some- thing he never imagined while hiding in a hole cov- ered by tree branches while being surrounded by enemy fire and soldiers for seven days in 1944. “As first scout you go in first towards enemy lines,” Saiz said. “I was the first one in and far away from my guys. The Japanese were all around me so I dug a hole because the dirt was soft and I covered myself with branches.” See Vet, Page 2 in 1965 Tuesday, May 25 — Joseph Rivera, Highlands University junior from Mora, is the winner of the 1965-66 Kennecott Cop- per Corporation’s $500 scholarship, one of 10 such scholarships granted to outstanding students in the state’s colleges and universi- ties. Making the presentation was Bill Saffold, director of Public relations for the Chino Division of Kennecott. Rivera has served as president and vice president of the Student Senate, is an officer of Circle K and a member of the Forensic Club. He is majoring in English and minoring in Spanish. lVcs hosTing seMinar for businesses The Las Vegas City Schools is hosting a seminar for any poten- tial business wanting to do contract work through the CES pro- gram at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26 at the district’s board room located at 901 Douglas Ave. sPorTs West honors top Student- Athletes — 8 The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Ser- vice is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home. Deaths Harold Richard Cunning- ham Jr. See Page 3 for obituaries Editor’s note: In honor of Memorial Day, Mora native Charles Padilla has written the following essay about the war dead from WWII. CHarles Padilla Saiz

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