Today's Features

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed Friday, Nov. 23. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 26.
    • San Miguel County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26.


  • The 156th year of the birth of Saint Gertrude was celebrated this past Sunday with the annual función at Saint Gertrude’s Catholic Church.

    The Mass ended with a processional to the elementary school gym.

    In the processional, the priest and the deacons followed with the cross.

    The statue of the patron saint was carried along with the patron saints of the different churches of the parish. The Penitentes sang hymns all the way. A large group of people of different ages walked in the procession.


    11 a.m. — Memorial Mass at Saint Gertrude’s Church for the deceased who were cared for by Esperanza Home Health Care.
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes Middle School Basketball vs.WLV, home  
    1 p.m. — Nurses Work Shop-Esperanza Home Health Care, Buena Vista
    4 p.m.-Mora Rangerette Middle School Basketball vs.Santa Rosa, Home

  • My fun father used to tell us kids there was a dodo bird that flew backwards to see where he had been. Of course, we looked for that odd bird, and we never did see one. I did tell sweet brother Bill I thought I’d seen  one, in hopes he’d quit pestering me and spend his idle time looking for oddball birds.

    Oh, yes, I got away with a lot there for a while, just because I was two years older than Bill.

    And now as this column hits our print media, I look on yet another memorable  Thanksgiving and recount the many blessings we all have here.

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    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Stephen and the Beetle” by Jorge Lujan and Chiara Carver. Free and open to the public.

    • El Sombrero Restaurant’s free Thanksgiving dinner, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 at the restaurant located at 825 Mills Ave.

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    It’s awfully hard to get excited about a food called “nutritional yeast flakes.” It sounds like something you either need a prescription to get. Or a prescription to get rid of. Even worse, it resembles yellow flaked fish food. But trust me, this is an ingredient worth looking beyond its name and appearance.

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Nothing says “Yum!” like a bit of nomenclatural confusion... Especially with a side of near extinction.

    But that’s what you get once you venture down the culinary path with bison, an alternative red meat that is showing up at more and more grocers  nationwide. And these massive shaggy creatures are such a delicious — and good for us — meat, it’s worth sorting it all out.