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Today's Features

  • Klunk! That was the noise heard in our forest recently. We all remember the old adage: Does a tree make a noise when it falls if nobody is there to hear it ... only this time, it wasn’t a tree that fell.

  • By Sara Moulton
    For The Associated Press

    Toward the end of every summer, my family and I abandon New York City for my parents’ Massachusetts farmhouse, where the fields out back are lined with blueberry bushes. Some years the crop is tiny. Other years it is so good we are overwhelmed, calling up visions of Lucille Ball wrapping chocolates in the candy factory.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Lemonade and iced tea are two of the most refreshing summer beverages. Mixed together they offer the best of both beverages. This punch uses a base of black and mint teas combined with freshly squeezed citrus juices and a touch of sugar to create the perfect barbecue accompaniment.

  • The Associated Press

    JACKSON, Tenn.  — There’s something special about the stew sold each year by the Three Way Community Club in Jackson.

    According to The Jackson Sun, cars lined the driveway and parking lot of the club’s building on Monday as people dropped by to purchase some of the famous stew that’s sold every Labor Day.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Wagon Mound Bean Day continues, 9:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, parade, main street; noon to 1:30 p.m., free barbecue; and 2 p.m. rodeo. For a full schedule, visit www.wagonmoundnm.com/BeanDay
    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

    WEDNESDAY

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Take advantage of Jazz Sunday at the Pendaries Community Center when the talented and versatile Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet present their 2012 tone mix from San Miguel County’s ready bounty of acoustic adventures. Their show starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Pendaries Community Center.  Here is what’s in store for you:

  • TODAY HOY
    • Wagon Mound Bean Day festivities begin, 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, traditional bean cleaning party, firehouse. For a full schedule, visit www.wagonmoundnm.com/BeanDay
    • The San Miguel DWI Program is featuring “The Best of San Miguel County” placemat art created by students from West Las Vegas, Las Vegas City Schools, and Pecos Schools. The art is on display at Traveler’s Cafe on the Plaza through the end of August.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • The Mora Research Center was established in 1972 to serve a statewide mission in forestry research, working with landowners and federal and state agencies to steward our forests, range, wildlife and water.  

    For more than 20 years, John T. Harrington was professor and superintendent of the center.  To honor his dedication and service to New Mexico State University, the Board of Regents approved naming the center the John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center at Mora.  

  • Community Calendar

    Friday
    6 p.m. — Bean Cleaning Party, Wagon Mound
    9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Free Street Dance, Wagon Mound
    Saturday
    Bean Day Festivities, Wagon Mound
    7 a.m. — Softball tourney
    11 a.m. — Mud Bog Races
    3 p.m. — Open rodeo
    9 p.m. — Dance, school gym