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Today's Features

  • Nope, I don’t know where our summer went, either. Seems like only yesterday I was planting containers of spindly flowers and a few zucchini seeds, because that’s what we have always done both when I was a kid at Valmora and here on the ranch.

    My parents were too busy to work a garden, and I don’t think my doctor father knew a carrot plant from a squash plant. Furthermore, he really didn’t want to know, either. He thrived on good German foods, and he loved both sauerkraut and pickles of almost any kind.

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    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Chocolate-Covered Cookie" by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES
    • Las Vegas Senior Olympics meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For more information, call Denise McElroy at 454-1379.

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    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.

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    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.