Today's Features

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    As doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing, flu season is active, with hospitalization rates close to what they were two years ago. Flu is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, with roughly 24,000 people a year dying from flu and its complications. Latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the flu hitting hard in all but seven states.

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    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering free counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the profession of counseling. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by a training professor of the program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointments, call 454-3564.

    •  All veterans are invited to attend a Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the local VFW  
    located at 148 Mills Ave. Veterans and their family members will be able to  meet Andrew Welch, the new Director for the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS). The meeting also will give those attending an opportunity to discuss any VA health care concerns with the director. For more information, contact the NMVAHCS Public Affairs Office at 505-256-6495.

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    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its seventh annual Literacy Fair from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is based on the four seasons: “At Every Season There is Every Reason to Read, Read, Read!”  

    To encourage writing, youngsters are invited to submit a short essay and/or drawing about their favorite season. These will be displayed at the fair.

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    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

    • Education Trust Board Pathways Scholarship for GEAR UP NM Students. The scholarship is for college freshmen. Applications are due Friday (today). The online application is available on the New Mexico Higher Education Department website. http://www.hed.state.nm.us/programs/etb-pathways-scholarshp-.aspx


    3:30 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes and Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, junior varsity and varsity, away
    4 p.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Questa, away
    1 p.m. to 6 p.m. —  United Blood Services Blood Drive

    10 a.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Santa Rosa, away

    5 p.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, away


  • Time does fly when I’m having fun, and this winter has been no different. I am so inhibited to my faithful readers, and to my editors who catch my writing/spelling mistakes.

    A very special Christmas card came from a long time friend here.

    This greeting will be paid forward, for sure. And I just learned from Ron and Elaine Querry that Las Vegas will have a Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial Celebration July 31 to Aug. 9 this year. What welcome news to all of us rodeo fans, and you will read more about this soon.

    • Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Leroy Lujan of LNM Plumbing, Jessica McGee of The Rock Taproom and Grill, and Diana Whitten of Wild Bill Barbecue, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, at El Fidel Hotel. Open to the public. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.