Today's Features

  • The 11th Annual Winter Fest was held in the Mora Elementary gym on Saturday.

    The holiday festival is sponsored by the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the community. Crystal Fort, the director, and her staff worked long hours to make it possible.

    It was said to be a huge success with more than 500 people attending. Attendees stayed and shopped at the many booths set up by local and neighboring vendors.

    Attendees also ate Frito pies served by the women of the Presbyterian Church and enjoyed the many goodies sold at the booths.

  • If you drive Highway 518 towards Mora this time of year (as I do) you probably will meet trucks and trailers filled with our local, homegrown Christmas trees. They are sold in tree lots throughout New Mexico. Mora County is famous for its beautiful Christmas trees. Almost all of them are natural, not planted, and they thrive on our mountain slopes here.


    TBA — Mora Rangerettes Middle School basketball, Taos Tournament, away
    6 p.m. — Mora Valley Baptist Church Christmas Program, Cleveland
    Mora Rangerettes Middle School at Taos Basketball tournament
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Dulce, away, junior varsity and varsity
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Dulce, junior varsity and varsity
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, away, Memorial Middle School

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Animals’ Christmas Surprise” by Marek Mann. Free and open to the public.

    • Robertson Track Presents a Winter Wonderland, an arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Mike Marr Gymnasium on the RHS campus. For more information, call 429-4469 to reserve a spot.

    • Media Arts and Technology Fall Show 2012, 5 p.m. reception followed by a fashion show and film screening at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Media Arts building on the NMHU campus. For more information, contact Eli Gonzales at 454-3449.
    • Las Vegas Area of Educational Retirees December Meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Hillcrest Restaurant, Flamingo Dining Room. Events including installation of 2013 officers and the Christmas program. For more information, call Tomás at 575-421-2455.

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  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra presents a concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The award-winning mariachi group will perform a variety of musical selections, including huapangos, rancheras, boleros and sones. The group will also perform a number of classic mariachi Christmas songs as well as arrangements of Christmas songs for mariachi.

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    • The Interested Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. Toy Drive for the children of Las Vegas this Holiday Season. The donated toys will be distributed on Dec. 8. Donations boxes are located at Douglas Hall and the Student Center on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University for donations through Dec. 7. If you know of any children who would benefit from this toy drive or to donate, call (505) 340-9569 or email gao.nmhu@gmail.com.

  • On Nov. 27, Esperanza Home Health Care and Hospice in Buena Vista completed their 22nd year in serving the area. At present, they are serving Mora, San Miguel, Colfax, and Harding counties. The staff covers more than 100 miles in their duties.