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Today's Features

  • TODAY HOY
    • 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.

  • 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: