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Today's Features

  • By Megan Favignano
    Columbia Daily Tribune

    COLUMBIA, Mo. — While some go to the doctor once a year, many residents at the TigerPlace assisted living community in southeast Columbia get a virtual checkup every day.

    Wireless sensor systems installed in about half of the community’s living spaces constantly monitor residents’ vitals and calculate their risk of falling.

  • By Lindsey Tanner
    AP Medical Writer

    CHICAGO — A pediatricians’ group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.

    The interim guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year that found that exposure to peanuts in infancy seemed to help build tolerance — contrary to conventional thinking.

    Baby-suitable foods used in the study included smooth peanut butter, peanut soup and finely ground peanuts mixed into yogurt and other foods.

  • The Associated Press

    NM monitoring air quality

    ALBUQUERQUE  — State health and environment officials are closely monitoring New Mexico air quality in the wake of wildfires still burning in the Pacific Northwest.
    Officials from the state Department of Health and Environment Department say the air quality may change on a daily basis.
    They are advising residents, especially in areas where there is no air quality monitoring equipment, to check out the visibility in the air.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets. Francis will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Sen. Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • TODAY
    HOY
    • Las Vegas Magistrate Court will be closed through Friday, Aug. 28 as staff is attending the Magistrate Court Conference. Regular hours resume on Monday, Aug. 31.
    • Mora Magistrate Court will be closed until Friday, Aug. 28 due to staff and judges attending the annual conference.

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Friday
    3 to 6 p.m. —  Mora Valley Farmers Market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Southwest Capital Bank in Mora. For more information, call Betsy at 505-220-1845.

    Upcoming
    Sept. 4 to Sept. 7 — 105th Annual Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration will feature a car show, street vendors, softball tournaments, a parade, rodeos, amateur horseshoe tournament, mud bog racing, and a free barbecue.

  • I learned long ago that travel  brings up all sorts of fun encounters with complete strangers. I have always enjoyed starting up a conversation with a complete stranger, and of course this was no different a couple of weeks ago when flying home from Seattle with son Carl.

    He (he has long legs so he sits on the aisle seat in an airplane) and I were joined by a classy lady who sat in the window seat. She and Carl both had work to do with their computers and I read the daily Seattle Times until snacks were served.

  • TODAY
    HOY
    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Hugo and the Space Dog” by Lee Lorenz. All programs are free and open to the public.
    • El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumer Association special board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 with location to be announced. For location and more information, call 426-2146.