Today's Features

  • By Mark Jewell
    AP Personal Finance Writer

    BOSTON — Thanksgiving could be an opportune time to talk turkey about family finances, rather than merely eat the bird and prepare for the next big holiday. A detailed discussion could prove to be worthwhile, given the strong likelihood that older parents and their adult children have conflicting expectations about issues such as elder care, retirement security and inheritance.

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    ALBUQUERQUE – For Justin Montoya and his mother, Rosemarie Montoya, winning a New Mexico Lottery prize was a scream.

    The Las Vegas residents won $50,000 playing a $5 “Diamond Mine 9X” Scratcher that they bought after stopping for gas.  Justin Montoya, who paid for the ticket, let his mother play the game while he drove. 

    When his mother revealed the five-figure prize, he said she erupted.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Nighttime Ninja” by Barbara DaCosta. Free and open to the public.
    • Search and Rescue meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Habitat for Humanity Building, 714 National Avenue, across from the Methodist Soup Kitchen.

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    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization held its 11th annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant last month at West Las Vegas High School.  Six beautiful and talented little girls competed for the title in four phases of competition: talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question.

    • In Observance of the Veterans Day holiday, San Miguel County offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 and will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

    • Valedictorian and Salutatorian  Policy Public Input Meeting, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Robertson High School Band Room.

  • The Crochet Ole Ladies of the Mora Senior Citizens spent weeks crocheting colorful caps to give to cancer patients. There is an array of different happy colors and styles. On Nov. 1 the group traveled to the Taos Hospital to present the caps to the Marketing and Communication Coordinator, Maria Meadowcroft. The caps are to be used as they are needed for cancer patients.

    The club is a part of the Mora Senior Center program with Carol  Westbrook as the instructor.


    5 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Posting the Colors Flag Dedication, Mora Valley Community Health Services
    10 a.m. — Mora Cross Country at State Meet, Rio Rancho
    10 a.m. — Sangre de Cristo Stock Grower meeting, Board Room Mora School Administration Building
    Add day — Fort Union and the National Park Service will honor all military veterans and their families on Veterans’ Day weekend by waiving the entrance fee and military and family members.

  • Hopefully the housefly invasion here will soon peak. The window on my back porch is covered, crawling with black flies. I have a remedy that seems to work. I put a few drops of dish soap in a shiny pan, fill it with water and put it on the windowsill. This contraption attracts the flies that  die quickly when they fly into it. Someone said the soap blocks their air vents. Our resident magpies love this dead fly collection when I dispose of it.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Sun and the Wind” retold by Mairi Mackinnon. Free and open to the public.
    • Fine Art Print Lecture Series by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of New Mexico Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The talk will be on “Fine Art Prints with a Musical Theme.” For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.


  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery features the pictorial history exhibit, New Mexico’s African American Legacy – Visible, Vital and Valuable, with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

    The Ray Drew Gallery is in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15, 2013. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.