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Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic
    The Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocate program will be holding a Silent Auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Flamingo Room of the Hillcrest Restaurant. This event is to raise money so that CASA can continue to serve children in foster care in San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

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    • Robertson High School “Cardinal Meet and Greet,” 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the school’s amphitheater. Parents are invited to attend to meet their children’s teachers at the school. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 429-0445.
    • Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the Presbyterian Church community room. For more information, call 426-1468.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Orthopedic surgeon Owen DeWitt, M.D., has joined the Alta Vista Regional Hospital staff and the community. DeWitt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with 24 years of experience. DeWitt utilizes both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat bone, muscle, tendon and joint injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

    DeWitt is no stranger to New Mexico. As a teenager he worked on a ranch outside of Tucumcari and from there his love for New Mexico grew.

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    • The Las Vegas Total Community Approach Program is available to  help anyone with a drug and alcohol problem get the help and treatment they need. The program provides free drug and alcohol evaluations and help with paying for treatment for anyone who qualifies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 454-8151.
    • The Children’s Workshop is offering free child development screenings. The schedule an appointment, call 426-1760 or 454-0348.

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    • The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant on Saturday, Oct. 13. The competition is open to girls, 6 to 12 years. Phases of competition are casual wear, talent, party/formal wear and on-stage question. No entry fee is required. Entry forms may be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Carnegie Library or the Chamber of Commerce. Entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 7. For more information, call Philip Ortiz at 718-5656.

  • Last weekend was a beautiful three days in which the people of Mora County celebrated Labor Day.  

    Wagon Mound had its annual Bean Day weekend starting with the cleaning of the beans and a dance on Friday night. On Saturday they cut and wrapped the meat to be cooked in the firepit, in preparation for the big feast on Monday. There were dances all weekend, a breakfast at the fire department, horse shoe contest, races and the great rodeos for the three days. The mud bogging contest drew a large crowd also.

  • Community Calendar

    Friday
    TBA — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Tucumcari tournament, away
    Saturday
    TBA — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Tucumcari tournament, continued
    10 am. — Mora 7th and 8th grade volleyball vs. Taos, away
    10 a.m. — Grand opening of the Cleveland Park, Cleveland
    10 a.m. — Mora cross country in Taos, away
    Sunday
    5 p.m. — VFW regular meeting, VFW Hall
    Monday

  • 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.